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Control and simulation principles of drives and converter systems

Individual course

The generalised machine theory is the subject of modeling the electric machines and drives as well as the power system. It needs understanding of e.g. electrical machines in space phasor models, axes transformations and dynamic modeling. The theory given on this course will be applied on the machines, drives and power electronics converter modelling and control. Instantaneous active and reactive power theories are taught and their applications are introduced.

Course contents

This course will cover following topics:

  • The matrix equation of the basic rotating machines
  • Reference frame theory
  • Theory of symmetrical induction and synchronous machines
  • The instantaneous power theories
  • Reference frame theory used in the analysis and simulation of power systems and drives
  • Basic voltage and current controllers for power electronics converters

Learning outcomes

After completing this course successfully, the student

  • understands the latest development in electronics, machines and modern control theory,
  • understands the machine models with power electronics,
  • has developed their analytical abilities for understanding electrical machines dynamics,
  • has a general approach for modeling of electromechanical devices,
  • has an overview about simulation of drives in power systems as well as about the dynamics and control of grid-connected inverters.

The course develops lifelong learning and interpersonal skills.

Course material

Lecture material and other material announced on lectures.

Text books:

  • Krause, P.C.; Wasynczuk, O.; Sudhoff, S. D.: Analysis of Electric Machinery, IEEE Press, 1994
  • Hancock N.N.: Matrix Analysis of Electrical Machinery, Pergamon Press
  • Jones, C. V.: The unified theory of electrical machines, London : Butterworths, 1967
  • Abu-Rub, Haithem; Iqbal, Atif; Guzinski, Jaroslaw: High performance control of AC drives with MATLAB/Simulink models, Wiley 2012
  • D. W. Novotny; Thomas A. Lipo: Vector Control and Dynamics of AC Drives
  • H. Akagi; E. H. Watanabe; M. Aredes: Instantaneous Power Theory and Applications to Power Conditioning, IEEE Press

Teaching schedule

  • Lectures in Zoom on Mondays at 10-12 between 19.2.-4.3., 11.3.-25.3. and 8.4.-22.4. And on Tuesday 2.4. at 8-10. (Lectures are recorded).
  • Simulation exercises:

Exercise 1 with Matlab software (Mustafa), Thursday 7.3. at 10-11 (Zoom)

Introduction to exercise 1 (will be recorded)

Exercise 2 with Matlab software (Mustafa), Thursday 25.4. at 10-11 (Zoom)

Introduction to exercise 2 (will be recorded)

  • Deadline to return simulation exercise reports through Moodle is 10.5.
  • Written assignment topics 10.5.
  • Online course exam in Moodle 13-20.5.

Completion methods

Flexible study methods are pursued for FITech student. Course Grading: passed or fail.

  • Lectures 20 h
  • Simulation / laboratory exercises & independent work 115 h
  • Final examination
  • Written assignment, done individually (not a group work, topics can be found from the course Moodle page).

More information in the University of Vaasa study guide.

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Responsible teacher

University of Vaasa
Mustafa Alrayah Hassan Ibraheem

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Applications and technologies of energy storages
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Basic knowledge about electrical engineering is recommended
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Future energy storage professionals
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