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EEE3011 : Electric Drives

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Shafiq Odhano
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims to enhance the students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of electric drive systems and their applications and to show the relationship between the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject. On successful completion, the students will be able to implement and analyse the control of a basic electric drive and apply various control concepts.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic drive configurations and load characteristics; motor-load coupling; two and four quadrant operation; dynamic braking and regeneration; constant torque and field weakening strategies; examples for high bandwidth torque requirements; control basics applied to drives – performance metrics, first and second order feedback control systems
DC drives: dc motor modelling; state space models; use of H-bridge for variable supply voltage; modelling of a converter; current ripple; electrical and mechanical system transfer functions; armature current and rotor speed control; cascade control structures; digital control basics; position measuring devices; tuning methods for proportional-integral controllers for drives; additive disturbance rejection and steady-state error
AC drives: configurations of three-phase power electronic converter; space vector theory; three-phase to two-phase transformation; PM machine dynamic equations; reference frame transformation; vector control of permanent magnet synchronous motor; dynamic model of an induction motor; rotor flux-oriented vector control of induction motor drives; decoupled flux and torque control; torque control at high dynamics; voltage space vector generation through a three-phase power electronic converter; mathematical basis for space vector modulation; centre-aligned PWM modulation strategy; phase duty cycle calculations
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 Examination1202A75Closed-book exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M25Coursework
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