This unit critically examines the planning, design and operation of electrical transmission and distribution networks in the deregulated Australian power industry. Load flow analysis methods are experimented with in their use as network planning and analysis tools. Contemporary approaches including Gauss-Seidel, Newton-Raphson, and Fast Decoupled load flow analysis methods are cross examined as alternative and complementary strategies in the operation, design and planning of electrical distribution and transmission networks. The unit diagnoses electrical insulation properties and characteristics, insulator selection and co-ordination in electric energy networks. Sources of overvoltages, lightning impact on transmission and distribution networks, surge propagation theory, circuit interruption theory and circuit breaker operation are decoded as enduring challenges to be addressed through networks. The impact of breakdown in gases, liquids and solids on the provision of reliable electrical insulation in electrical networks will be evaluated.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate and critique different load flow techniques including analysis of a multi-bus system;  
  2. Devise solutions to complex power system problems using contemporary engineering methods;  
  3. Investigate electrical insulation properties and characteristics including: insulator selection, insulation co-ordination in electric energy networks to optimise operational reliability;  
  4. Inquire into and hypothesise about impacts of overvoltages, and lightning on transmission and distribution networks,  
  5. Diagnose surge propagation and circuit interruption theories and circuit breaker operation on reliable insulation and protection of electrical networks;  
  6. Analyse transient and dynamic stability in power system networks;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Four (4) Laboratory Reports (Team of two; 1500 words per lab report) 20%
Project Project Report (Team of two; 2500 words) 20%
Examination Final Examination - Closed Book (3 hours) 60%

Required reading

Lecture and tutorial handouts will be distributed as required.

Power System Analysis. 3rd ed.
Saadat, H. (2011)
PSA Publishing LLC.

Recommended Texts: Glover, J. D., Sarma, M. S. & Overbye, T. J. (2016) Power System Analysis and Design. 6th ed. Cengage Learning. Arora, R. and Mosch, W. (2011) High Voltage and Electrical Insulation Engineering. 1st ed. Wiley.

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