Checking date: 16/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Electrical power engineering fundamentals
Study: Bachelor in Energy Engineering (280)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
All first-year subjects. Among them, Calculus I, Calculus II and Physics II are of utmost importance.
By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: 1. A systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of electrical engineering; 2. Awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. 3. The ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve electrical engineering problems using established methods; 4. The ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; 5. Workshop and laboratory skills. 6. The ability to combine theory and practice to solve electrical engineering problems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Introduction to the Electric Power Engineering Ideal- and real elements of circuits: resistance, inductance, capacitance, coupled inductances, voltage- and current sources. Kirchhoff's laws. Grouping of elements. Voltage and current divider. Mesh and nodal analysis of linear circuits Superposition principle. Thevenin's and Norton's theorems. Symbolic computation by means of complex phasors. Analysis of a.c. circuits Balanced three-phase circuits Fundamentals of electric power systems
Learning activities and methodology
This subject has a twofold objective. On one side, the spreading of a basic electrical engineering culture, including the proper use of the technical language and vocabulary used to describe electric circuits and systems. On the other hand, the explanation of theoretical foundations and practical methods of analyzing linear, lumped-parameters, dc and ac circuits. Therefore, the methodology is a mix of theoretical lectures, that essentially involve a thorough and systematic application of Kirchhoff's laws, and practical, problem solving oriented activities. Simple problems will be solved manually, more complex ones will require the use of computer tools. Classroom activities will be completed with three lab sessions, with a duration of two hours each, on measurements and safety rules, dc circuits, ac circuits and 3-phase circuits. The use of the simulation software PSIM will also be included as a visual tool that provides inmediate feedback on key concepts, and as a tool for checking problem results.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • James William Nilsson. Electric Circuits. Pearson. 2015
  • Jesús Fraile Mora. Electromagnetismo y Circuitos Eléctricos. McGraw-Hill. 2005
  • Jesús Fraile More. Circuitos Eléctricos. Pearson. 2012
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Additional Bibliography
  • Antonio Gómez Expósito. Fundamentos de Teoría de Circuitos. Thomson. 2007
  • Antonio Gómez Expósito. Teoría de Circuitos - Ejercicios de Autoevaluación. Thomson. 2005
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