In this unit students will acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, critical analytical and practical skills which can be applied to investigation and resolution of complex problem-solving scenarios. The unit content has been developed to enhance students' communication skills, individual and group project participation, and other professional capabilities important to transient analysis, stability and power surge protection. This unit will provide hands-on approach to addressing dynamic and transient stability issues. Major limits to power transfer are voltage and angle stability, and this module will put these in the context of the operation of the National Electricity Market. Students will engage in the modelling of power system components for dynamics and simulation approaches for voltage and angle stability. Familiarisation with an interactive package such as PSSE /SINCAL/PowerWorld is mandatory and Stability Enhancement options such as Excitation, SVC and Tap Locking will be explored. Practical exercises using the interactive package on more extensive systems for both distribution and transmission systems will be available. Several simple systems have been chosen to illustrate limitations to analysis techniques and applications in power supply systems.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Formulate methodologies to carry out transient analysis in power systems;  
  2. Implement specialist expertise in monitoring power system performance;  
  3. Identify and recommend appropriate solutions to complex problems in given surge scenarios;  
  4. Adapt a systems approach to transient analysis;  
  5. Critically evaluate stable power supplies and supplies under surge; and  
  6. Determine power supply system performance in terms of transients and surges.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Lab Reports 30%
Project Project 1 20%
Project Group Projects 2 30%
Presentation Group Presentation and Contribution 20%

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