ELEC0014
Introduction to electric power and energy systems

Course objectives

This course is an introduction to electric power system engineering. It describes the principles of operation, including regulation. The main components are described and their models in steady state are derived. Three-phase short-circuits are also considered. The exercices involve small systems to illustrate various features of power systems and their operation.

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Notes de cours

        lecture notes in French available in this PDF file

Table of contents and material

  • An introductory overview of electric power systems
           slides
  1. Powers in the sinusoidal steady state
           slides
  2. Balanced three-phase systems and operation
  3. The "per unit" system
  4. Some properties of electric energy transmission
  5. Variation of loads with voltage and frequency
  6. The overhead power line (and the underground power cable)
  7. The power transformer
  8. The synchronous machine (simplified model)
  9. Frequency control
  10. Voltage control
  11. Introduction to balanced fault analsyis

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ELEC0029
Electric power systems analysis

Course objectives

This course is the continuation of ELEC0014. It is devoted to computational methods for the analysis of electric power systems of any size in steady-state conditions, in the presence of faults, in balanced and unbalanced operating conditions, respectively. Emphasis is on "system" approaches initiated in course ELEC0014. Exercises involve using a power flow computation software as well as MATLAB scripts for fault analysis.

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Table of contents and material

  • The power flow computation
  • Power flow computation and sensitivity analysis in a simple system
  • Synchronous machine: detailed model
  • Behaviour of synchronous machine during a short circuit
  • Analysis of balanced faults
  • Analysis of unbalanced systems
  • Case study: analysis of unbalanced faults in a small distribution network
  • Introduction to Protection and Automation Philosophy
            Two lectures given by Dr. Cédric MOORS, ELIA Engineering

Homeworks

ELEC0445
High Voltage Direct Current grids

Course taught in 2018 together with Prof. Xavier Guillaud (Ecole Centrale de Lille) and Lampros Papangelis (PhD student)

Course objectives

High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) technology offers higher flexibility for electric power transmission. It is an active and fast growing research area and more and more HVDC applications are deployed worldwide. This course covers the fundamentals of High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) systems, used for power transmission in electric energy grids.

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Table of contents and material

  • Course overview

Part I. Line Commutated Converters (T. Van Cutsem)

  • Chapter 1. Overview of HVDC applications
  • Chapter 2. Introduction to Line Commutated Converters
  • Chapter 3. Thyristors
  • Chapter 4. Thyristor-based AC/DC converters
  • Chapter 5. Control of LCC HVDC links
  • Chapter 6. Harmonics and Filters of LCC HVDC links
  • Chapter 7. Interactions of LCC-HVDC links with AC grids

Part II. Voltage Source Converters (X. Guillaud & L. Papangelis)

  • Chapter 1. Topology of the VSC (updated April 17, 2018)
  • Chapter 2. Topology of the VSC
  • Chapter 3. AC/DC interactions illustrative examples
  • Chapter 4. Multi-Terminal DC grids

Homeworks



ELEC0047
Power systems dynamics, control and stability

Course objectives

Advanced course devoted to the dynamics, the control and the stability of electric power systems. In the first part, dynamic models of various power system components are established. They are combined into a general differential-algebraic model under the phasor approximation. In the second part, various aspects of power system (in)stability are explained. Mainly small systems are used to this purpose, although large-scale system analysis is also considered. Methods are presented for reinforcing stability or estimating how far a system operates from instability. The models and the stability notions are practiced (in hands-on sessions in class and through personal works) using RAMSES, the dynamic simulation software developed at the Univ. of Liège.

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Table of contents and material

First part: dynamics and control

  • Dynamics of the synchronous machine
  • Behaviour of synchronous machine during a short-circuit
    (a simple example of electromagnetic transients)
  • The phasor approximation explained with an example
  • Dynamics of the induction machine
  • Power system modelling under the phasor approximation
  • Case study: Dynamic simulation of a 5-bus system
  • Turbines and speed governors
  • Excitation systems and automatic voltage regulators

Second part: stability

  • Transient stability analysis and improvement
  • Small-disturbance angle stability analysis and improvement
  • Long-term voltage stability analysis and improvement