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EEE3011 : Electric Drives

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Andrew Smith
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To enhance the students understanding of electric drives systems. To show the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic drive configurations and load charateristics. Four quadrant control; Dynamic braking and regeneration; Constant torque and field weakening strategies; Example for high bandwidth torque requirement;

DC drive; motor modelling; state space models; inverter modelling; transfer functions; closed loop response of speed and position control; stability considerations on 2nd order drive model; cascade control structures; converter control limiting; armature current control; practical current control methods; digital speed control; intergrator windup.

Induction 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; 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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion162:0062:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE8014Control of Electric Drives
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading.
Topic is 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 Examination1202A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8014Control of Electric Drives2N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Reading Lists