Module Catalogue 2023/24

EPE8206 : High Voltage Technologies and Testing

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Anurag Sharma
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Electrical/Electronic Engineering first degree or other equivalent qualification

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



•       The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of high voltage engineering, phenomena and technology and to introduce basic high voltage generation and measurement techniques.
•       The course is designed to be of value to engineers whose task is the planning and operation of an electricity supply system.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       High voltage breakdown mechanisms: Withstand levels and S curves; coordination of insulation; high voltage breakdown mechanisms in solids, liquids, gases and in a vacuum.
•       Partial Discharge: Insulation resistance, tan 'delta', partial discharge measurements; Non-destructive testing of apparatus.
•       Switchgear: Switchgear types; principles of operation; arcs; interruptions switching phenomena; standards.
•       HV testing: Production of HV test voltages; impulse generators; measurement of high voltages.
•       System overvoltage: Power frequency and harmonic overvoltage, switching and lightning overvoltage; overvoltage protection devices.
•       Introduction to DC Power Transmission Technology, including recent technological trends.
Comparison of AC and DC transmission systems, multi-terminal DC systems
•       Introduction to FACTS (Flexible Alternating Current Transmission System ) devices

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

•       Know the principles behind the HV breakdown mechanisms in solids, liquids, gases and in a vacuum, and discuss dielectric breakdown of HV elements.
•       Explain what partial discharge is and how to measure partial discharge activity.
•       Describe the way of design and develop HV AC and DC voltages and currents
•       Demonstrate how to do HV testing for HV equipment.
•       Appreciate the techniques used to generate and apply measuring HV test voltages of impulse, dc and ac high voltages.
•       Appreciate the sources of HV Transient over voltages in the electricity network.
•       Analyse the different types of HV Switchgear and their principles of operation.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:

•       Use calculations, evaluation and problem solving skills relevant to HV engineering.
•       Develop skills in researching relevant information and be able to summarise information from relevant sources and draw conclusions from that information.
•       Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relevant theoretical concepts for HV breakdown.
•       Identify problems, produce and appraise solutions to breakdown of HV power system elements.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture361:0036:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion360:3018:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:3030:00Reading specified articles
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study163:0063:00Reviewing lecture notes, general reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading The coursework involves problem solving exercises to enable a more realistic engineering problem to be set and using the acquired knowledge from lectures and independent self-study to find possible solutions.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A8024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M20A report on a case study (2000 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their problem solving skills together with their knowledge and understanding of the subject outlined in the lectures.

The coursework will provide additional opportunities for the student to develop their skills and understanding of the operation of a power system. Furthermore, the coursework will provide timely feedback prior to the examination assessment.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2023/24 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2024/25 entry will be published here in early-April 2024. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.