Electrical Machines and Drives

Module summary

Module code: ELEC1039
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Olusegun Olowookere



This Module aims to provide students with an understanding of the underpinning principles and operational characteristics of common electrical machines and associated drive systems.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Analyse and critically reflect on the operational characteristics of electrical machines and related drive systems.
2 Select and apply suitable variable speed motor drive systems for specified applications and analytically assess the performance of the selected drive systems.

Indicative content

1) Theory of Electromagnetic induction applied to electrical machines; basic power electronic principles applied to converter technology used in motor drive application

2) Operating Principle and basic design principles of different machine types and topologies including synchronous, DC, induction and reluctance machines

3) Control techniques and system performance; drive comparison and applications; performance and cost; analysis of typical load systems and specifications

Teaching and learning activity

Formal lectures, tutorials, and laboratory work provide practical experiences of design and testing of different types of electrical machines and drive systems. The laboratory work will consist of simulation and hands-on experimentation on machines and drive setup, coupled with a reflective analysis of the results.


Report - 25%
LO - 1,2.
Pass mark - 50%
1500 words.
Drive system design, implementation and evaluation; and performance testing and analysis of machines.

Exam - 75%
LO - 1,2.
Pass mark - 50%
2 hours.
Unseen closed book exam.

Students must pass all componenets to pass the course.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Tutorials and labs.