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EEE8159 : Electrical Machines

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Glynn Atkinson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To build on a basic understanding of electrical machines to bring the student to an advanced level where they will understand the various machine topologies, be able to develop analytical models to obtain operating characteristics, be able to simulate, analyse, and extract results and performance data for a variety of machines using numerical and finite element simulation methods.
To experience a laboratory setting and extract, process and interpret experimental results.
The student will also gain a contemporary understanding of research in electrical machines and their applications, in particular emerging trends in automotive, aerospace, new manufacturing technologies and how sustainability and the circular economy affect electrical machines and their applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

Mechanical Modelling
Understanding the machine and load as a mechanical system and being able to analyse steady state and transient effects. Understand the source of losses and how these can be reduced for improved efficiency.
DC Machines
Understanding their principle of operation as a basis for more complex machines, derive and understand equivalent circuit and torque-speed characteristics for various DC, Universal and Brushless DC machines. Understand the drive and control arrangements for BLDC.
Synchronous machines
Understanding the principle of a rotating magnetic field, synchronised with the rotor field. Derive and understand power and peak torque and speed operating points and how field weakening is used to extend speed range.
Asynchronous machines
Understanding principles of operation, obtaining parameters by test, torque speed characteristics and the Doubly Fed Induction Generator
Electrical Machine Applications
In groups investigate contemporary machines research in Automotive and Aerospace applications, New manufacturing technologies, Sustainability and the circular economy as pertains electrical machines.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Two synchronous guest lectures from industry
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials200:3010:00Twenty Non-synchronous pre-recorded lectures covering course material and worked examples.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials251:0025:00Twenty five Non-synchronous pre-recorded solutions of worked examples.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Formative preparation of laboratory work
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation and completion of summative individual assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Prepration of formative group presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion65:3033:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Completion of summative individual assessment during normal assessment period
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:301:30One three-hour present-in-person (PiP) practical lab session.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Three two-hour group activities exploring Electrical machine applications and manufacturing culminat
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities52:0010:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught in each unit.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops12:002:00Introduction and 2-hour software training session PiP/online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops101:0010:00Timetabled seminars covering analytical methods and theory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops82:0016:00Timetabled computing lab sessions covering simulation methods, analysis and interpretation.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00One one-hour zoom surgery session per week (online)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:3030:00Student study time of non-synchronous pre-recorded material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study250:3012:30Student led study and completion of set activities
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study63:3021:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Pre-recorded videos provide the core material for individual study.
In the lecture theatre and computer rooms this knowledge will be applied to worked examples covering analysis and simulation of electrical machines.
A variety of analytical examples will be worked as a class. Computer based simulation problems will allow the students to gain a deeper understanding of the characteristics and principles of the electrical machines being studied, and an ability to link the mathematical models developed to the electrical machine operation.
Group work will give us the opportunity to examine contemporary research material from a variety of journals extract top level information and make a short presentation. over the course of these sessions students will be exposed to machine applications in aerospace automotive new manufacturing and the circular economy.
Laboratory work will expose the student to a working machine where they will extract operating results, interpret and present these in graphs.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75Individual examination paper with electronic submission
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M25Individual simulation and analysis task
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Lab exercise1MLaboratory experiment and submission of measured results
Oral Presentation1MGroup presentation to the class on applications
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative assessments will allow the students to practice working as a group, gathering relevant information in a limited time, presenting to an audience. The laboratory session will give the student experimental experience and practise data gathering and clear presentation skills.

The summative assessments will allow the students to demonstrate a deeper understanding in a problem-based setting where they will demonstrate their knowledge using analytical skills, simulation methods, the interpretation of results, and the application of electrical machines in society.

Reading Lists