Checking date: 08/01/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Dynamical analysis and control of electrical systems
Study: Master in Industrial Engineering (226)

Coordinating teacher: LEDESMA LARREA, PABLO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Basic theory of electric circuits.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Capability to recognize the agents of a power system involved in each control system. Ability to select the devices to solve voltage problems in an electric grid (capacitor, inductor, synchronous compensator, SVC, STATCOM, transformer tap changer and synchronous generator exciter system) y to explain how they work. Capability to recognize the phenomena that can result in a voltage collapse. Capability to explain in detail the primary, secondary and terciary frequency control systems. Capability to explain the load shedding and other load disconnection schemes in the peninsular power system. Ability to foresee the behaviour of the frequency control systems after different incidents in the power grid. Ability to select a power system analysis software tool depending on the type of study. Capability to explain the main phenomena that rule the electromechanical oscillations in a power system after a severe perturbation. Ability to analyze the results of a dynamic simulation such as the performed by the transmission system operators.
Description of contents: programme
1 Power system control and regulatory frame 2 Voltage control - Reactive power control and voltage control - Capacitors and inductors - Synchronous compensators - Static VAR compensators (SVCs) - Static synchronous compensator (STATCOM) - Tap change transformers - Excitation systems - Voltage control in the Spanish regulation - Voltage stability 3 Frequency control - Frequency control basics - Primary control - Secondary control - Other mechanisms: terciery control, time control, reserves - Load shedding and interruptilibity service 4 Transient stability - Definition of transient stability - Equal area criterion - Power system dynamic response simulation 5 What will be power systems like in the future?
Learning activities and methodology
The learning activities will include: - Classroom sessions - Reading and discussion of technical documents - Exercises - Laboratory sessions
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Kundur. Power System Stability and Control. McGraw-Hill.
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
  • European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity · ENTSOE web page :
  • Red Eléctrica de España · Página web de Red Eléctrica de España :
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The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.