Electrical Machines and Drives

Module summary

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



This course 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 course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
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

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

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

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.


Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1, 2
Grading Mode:Numeric
Weighting: 40%
Pass Mark: 50%
Outline Details: Drive system design, implementation and evaluation; and performance testing and analysis of machines.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Formal Examination
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2
Grading Mode: Numeric
Weighting: 60%
Pass Mark: 50%
Outline Details:An unseen 3 hour formal examination with students selecting 4 from 5 questions.

Methods of FORMATIVE Assessment: Tutorial questions
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment:1,2
Outline Details:A number of exercises to support the material covered in lectures

Students must pass all componenets to pass the course.