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ENM065 - Power system operation
Syllabus adopted 2012-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPEPO
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: D

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0107 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   15 Mar 2013 am M,  16 Jan 2013 pm M,  29 Aug 2013 pm V

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Univ lektor  Tuan Le Anh


EEK210   Power system analysis

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For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

ENM050 Power system analysis, or equivalent.


The overall aim of this course is to further equip students with advanced knowledge in power system operation. The course is built upon the basic knowledge gained in the course on Power System Analysis. The main topics treated in this course include modelling of synchronous generator and associated control systems, fundamental of frequency control, analysis of voltage stability and transient stability, principles of protection of power system components. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to be exposed to the power system laboratory to learn more about the stability issue. Students will also be trained and introduced with the use of the commercial softwares for power system simulation through the project work and demonstration.

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

- Understand the models of synchronous generators and excitation systems.
- Demonstrate the understanding of basic frequency control actions in power systems being subject to contingency conditions.
- Demonstrate the understanding of transient stability problem and methods to improve stability.
- Simulate and analyze power voltage stability problem and analyze the problem under different scenarios
- Demonstrate the basic understanding of basic protection schemes for various power system components, such as protection of transmission lines, and radial distribution network.
- Understand issues related to emergency control and the restoration process after the system blackout.
- Collaborate to work in team to manage project, lab assignments.


The course is composed of lectures, tutorials, laboratory experiments and project work. The course will cover the following topics:
- Modelling of synchronous generator for stability studies
- Control of frequency: frequency control practices, turbines and governing system, primary control, control of active power generation, automatic generation control;
- Transient stability: The swing equation; the equal-area criterion; critical fault clearing time, design methods for improving transient stability.
- Voltage stability: P-Q curves of the synchronous generators, armature and field current limiters, P-V, Q-V curves for stability analysis, scenarios of voltage collapse; effects of load characteristics on voltage stability.
- Power system protections: overview of protection, generator protection, transmission system protection (distance), bus-bar and transformers protection.
- Power system blackouts: review of recent large power system blackouts in the world; Emergency controls and restorations.


This course consists of about 17 lectures, 12 tutorials, 1 laboratory exercise and 1 computer-based project. In addition, students will have a chance to visit a real local control center.

Laboratory exercise will involve the synchronization of a synchronous generator to the grid and study the transient stability of the generator due to short-circuit faults. The project will focus on the study of the voltage stability problem using a commercial software.


Lecture handouts

Reference books:
P. Kundur, "Power System Stability and Control", EPRI Power System Engineering Series, MacGraw-Hill Inc., 1994.
Leonard L. Grigsby (editor), "Power System Stability and Control", CRC Press, 2007.
J. Wood, B.F. Wollenberg, "Power Generation Operation and Control", Second Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1996.
T.V. Cutsem and C. Vournas, ¿Voltage Stability of Electric Power Systems¿, Springer, 1998.
H. Saadat, ¿Power System Analysis¿, Second Edition, Mc Graw Hill, 2002.
J.D. Glover and M.S. Sarma, "Power System Analysis and Design", Third Edition, Brooks/Cole, 2002.


The examination is based on a written exam, and also approved project and laboration. Grades: Fail, 3, 4 or 5.

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