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Power System Analysis (ELEN90060)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeELEN90060
Semester 1
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This subject provides an insight into the basic elements of electrical power transmission and distribution systems such as generators, transmission and distribution lines, and loads. It offers analytical tools for analysis of basic operations of these systems. Problems related to power flow and use of Newton-Raphson will be discussed. Fault calculation and analysis, symmetrical components, and analytical methods for solving symmetrical (balanced) faults will be covered. Principles, concepts and problems related to economic dispatch as well as frequency regulation in power systems will also be discussed and analysed. Finally, power system transient and voltage stability will be introduced.


  • Comprehensive analysis of single and three-phase AC power circuits, which includes calculations of real, reactive and complex powers, and power factor correction;
  • Calculation of active and reactive power transfer between buses, maximum power transfer, static stability limit, power circle construction and analysis;
  • Synchronous generator models;
  • Power flow calculations, Newton-Raphson method;
  • Fault calculations, balanced and unbalanced, symmetrical components;
  • Economic dispatch;
  • Frequency and voltage regulation;
  • Voltage stability, transient stability;
  • Computer simulation, PowerWorld.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Understand the behaviour of the basic components of power systems
  2. Compute power flow in transmission systems
  3. Compute fault quantities, such as voltage, current and power in transmission systems under normal and fault conditions
  4. Ascertain the stability of power systems from operating conditions
  5. Use software tools to simulate and study the steady-state and dynamic behaviour of electrical power systems

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students will have developed the following skills:

  • Ability to apply basic fundamentals of science and engineering to solve real life problems associated with power systems;
  • Ability for in-depth technical competence in power systems engineering discipline;
  • Ability to identify, formulate, analyse and solve practical engineering problems;
  • Capacity for independent critical thought, rational assessment and self-directed learning;
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with teams;
  • Ability to write technical reports in a clear and concise manner;
  • Ability to present results of technical investigation to a large audience.

Last updated: 3 April 2019