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The Department offers a number of undergraduate level study-units that form part of the Bachelor in Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree (B.Eng. (Hons)) offered by the Faculty of Engineering. These study-units provide the fundamentals required for the formation of an Electrical Engineer who is seeking to work or pursue research in the areas of: power electronic converters and renewable energy sources; electrical services (residential and commercial); electrical motor drives and electrical machines; electrical power systems (power generation and distribution techniques leading to smart grids); and many more! A complete list of modules delivered by the department can be found by following this link

The following content introduces the main areas in electrical engineering which are taught by academic members of the department of IEPC.

What are Power Electronic Converters?

Power electronic converters are an integral part of modern electrical and electronic systems. Examples include switching power supplies, dc-dc converters and inverters which can be found in modern consumer appliances. These converters employ high-frequency switching circuits to convert and condition electrical power. Power electronic converters are also an important component to interface renewable energy sources to the electrical grid and improve the efficiency of electrical loads.

Power Electronic Converters

Study-units EPC2201, EPC3103 and EPC4104 delivered by the department, provide students with applicable and theoretical knowledge in the field of power electronics. The background required to understand, design and control these power electronic circuits is given in study-units EPC2201 and EPC3103 offered in the 2nd and 3rd year of the B.Eng. (Hons) degree respectively. The power electronic converters and other aspects related to renewable energy systems which required for their connection to the electrical grid are then covered in the 4th year module EPC4104.

What are Electrical Machines and Drives?

An electrical machine is an electro-mechanical energy conversion device which can operate either as a motor (i.e. to convert electrical power to mechanical power) or as a generator (i.e. to convert mechanical power to electrical power). The electrical machine requires a power electronic converter and a controller to function appropriately therefore resulting in the motor drive. Electrical machines and drives are important components in various applications including: residential appliances and industrial equipment; electric/hybrid-electric vehicles; wind energy generation; and all-electric aircraft.

Electric Drives

The electrical engineering fields of electrical machines and drives are described in study units EPC2101, EPC3104 and EPC4105 delivered by the department. These study-units give an overview of different types of electrical machines namely DC machines, induction machines, synchronous machines, switched reluctance machines, brushless machines and single-phase machines. These study units also consider the electrical drive (power electronic converters and control algorithms) which are used to control these machines.


What are Electrical Power Systems?

Electrical energy is a basic necessity for the modern society which has transformed our everyday actions and activities. Electrical power systems are concerned with methods of generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of electrical energy. In the last decade, electrical power systems have started a worldwide slow transformation into the more intelligent electrical networks which have been termed as Smart Grids. The Smart Grid plays an important role in reducing the greenhouse emissions, enabling a widespread use of renewable energy sources (such as PV systems) and improving the overall energy efficiency.

Electric Power Systems 

Undergraduate study units EPC1202, EPC2102, EPC3102 and EPC4101 consider different fundamental aspects of electrical power systems. These modules are spread over the four years of the B.Eng. (Hons) degree and are designed to give students a thorough understanding of the operation of modern electrical power systems in addition to techniques to undertake basic technical analysis on these networks. Important areas which are considered in these modules are, among others, analysis of power flows, power generation and distribution, reliability and power quality.


What are Electrical Services?

Electrical services are concerned with the design of the energy efficient electrical systems within a residential/commercial building. The design of the electrical system of a building comprises of the selection of appropriate protection equipment, whose purpose is to safely distribute the electricity throughout the building. Additional electrical services also include lighting design, heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

Electrical Services

The design requirements for residential and commercial electrical building services are considered in detail in study units EPC3201, EPC4102 and EPC4103, delivered by the department of IEPC. In addition, EPC1202 and EPC2102 are important prerequisites to the subjects in this field of electrical engineering. Important topics which are considered in these modules are: electrical installations; energy efficiency; lighting design; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning; and power quality aspects.


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Last Updated: 22 August 2017

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