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Unit Overview


This unit covers power network structures and steady-state model; power-flow analysis formulation; voltage and reactive-power control; short-circuit fault analysis; control in fault operating conditions; power systems protection; power and frequency control; and stability. The academic objective of the unit is for students to achieve a broad and in-depth education in the subject of power transmission and control.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate professional engineering skills and abilities when working in teams; (2) demonstrate the ability to model power systems components (transmission lines, transformers, generators and loads); (3) analyse the power flow of a simple interconnected power system with multiple sources and loads using Gauss-Siedal, Newton Raphson, and decoupled power flow methods; (4) analyse the impact of short-circuit faults on the power network and make design changes to the network to control the fault currents; (5) analyse various protection schemes for power transmission and distribution systems; (6) analyse the techniques for control of voltage and frequency of interconnected power systems; and (7) Identify potential hazards and describe safety measures.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) class tests; (2) assignments; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Tyrone Fernando
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
or the Master of Renewable and Future Energy
Advisable prior study
ENSC3016 Electric Machines
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.