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Syllabus for

Academic year
SSY295 - Electrical and control engineering  
El- och reglerteknik
Syllabus adopted 2020-02-27 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIMAL
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: Swedish
Application code: 65114
Open for exchange students: No
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Laboratory 1,5c Grading: UG   1,5c    
0213 Examination 6,0c Grading: TH   6,0c   26 Oct 2020 pm L   07 Jan 2021 am L,  18 Aug 2021 pm L

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Bertil Thomas

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

The courses LMA401/MVE575 Calculus and MVE580/MVE570 Linear algebra and differential equations, or corresponding knowledge.


The course aims to provide basic knowledge of electric and control technology, and to give understanding and knowledge of the function and design of electrical and control components, equipment and systems that are part of modern industrial and energy facilities. This knowledge improves cooperation between mechanical engineers and other engineers in solving common electrical and control engineering technical problems.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • calculate voltage, current and electric power in simple DC and AC systems.
  • describe the function and design of common electrical components, equipment and systems included in modern industrial and energy facilities.
  • apply electrical concepts needed in the cooperation between mechanical engineers and electrical engineers in solving common electrical problems.
The students should also be able to:
  • give examples of a number of control engineering applications, especially mechanical engineering applications in vehicles, cars, robots, and factories.
  • explain how the feedback principle works and give several examples of it.
  • explain the principle of a PID controller and how the three components (P, I and D) impact the control properties.
  • set up mathematical models of simple processes and to solve simple control problems using transfer functions, Laplace transforms, block diagram transformation and frequency functions.
  • simulate simple control system with Matlab / Simulink and to use simple design methods for PID controllers.
  • describe typical components of feedback and control engineering systems, for example sensors, relays and actuators.
  • describe how to build simple control systems with relays.


Danger of electrical systems, the physiological effect of electrical current, system grounding and protective grounding, fuses and circuit breakers, short circuiting and power surges, laws about electricity and safety.

Repetition of the basic concepts, voltage drop and power calculations.

Repetition of the basic concepts, display charts, active power, phase compensation, reactive and apparent power. Alternating current (3-phase), Y, and Delta configuration.

Electric installations:
Relays and contactors, relay schematic drawings with symbols and names, overview of line selection and fuse selection. Power supply, power production and power distribution in Sweden.

Rotating machinery:
Functionality of three phase generators. Inductions motors: functionality, characteristics, start and speed control as well as types of protection and overload protection. DC motor and some minor motors: functionality and operational characteristics.

Feedback Systems:
Applications for control systems, block diagrams, static and dynamic properties, different process types, step response, impulse response, processes with one or multiple time constants, time delays, overshoot, integration. Properties of control systems, including speed, stability and static accuracy. Classical control principles: on/off-control, PID controllers and knowledge of the P, I and D part pros and cons.

Control Theory Mathematics:
Transfer functions, block diagram transformation, simulation of control systems using Matlab. Modelling, Bode diagrams and design with rules of thumb.

Practical control engineering:
Components, sensors, practical controllers, actuators, feedforward control, and cascade control.

Control technology:
Applications for logic controllers. Relay technology.


The course consists of lectures, exercises and practical lab work. Assignments may be used in the course. Labs are compulsory, one in elctical engineering and one in control engineering.


B. Thomas, Modern Reglerteknik, Liber 2011, ISBN 9789147093236.
S. Jacobsson et al, Elteknik MI, Department of Signals and Systems Chalmers.
And corresponding excercise books.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam at the end of the course. Grading 3, 4, 5.
Approved laboratory work required for approval of the course.

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