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EEE3011 : Electric Drives

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shafiq Odhano
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance the students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of electric drive systems.
To show the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.
To be able to implement and analyse the control of a basic electric drive and explain various control concepts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic drive configurations and load characteristics. Four quadrant control; Dynamic braking and regeneration; Constant torque and field weakening strategies; Examples for high bandwidth torque requirement;
DC drives: motor modelling; state space models; inverter modelling; transfer functions; closed loop response of speed and position control; stability considerations on second order drive model; cascade control structures; converter control with saturation; armature current control; practical current control methods; digital speed control; integrator windup.
AC drives: AC motor drives; space vector theory; state space models; phase and reference frame transformations; generic vector control description; torque and flux decoupling control; indirect and direct vector control of induction machines; stator current control schemes; standard and space vector PWM methods
Case Study: Study of a 24V digitally controlled drive system. Electronics design and control software issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00A 2hr lecture per week over 11 weeks
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for assessment
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities112:0022:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught in each week.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time101:0010:001hr synchronous online for tutorials and general Q&A, starting from week 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Tutorials include examples from practical drive systems and their control. The basics of electric drives are explained with examples and various topics are supported by case studies.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Closed-book exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem-solving aspects of the assessment enable the students to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis skills to novel situations.

Reading Lists