Checking date: 09/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Electrical power engineering fundamentals
Study: Bachelor in Electrical Power Engineering (222)

Coordinating teacher: MARTINEZ CRESPO, JORGE

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Electrical Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Students should have completed their first year. Special stress should be put into Calculus I and II, Linear Algebra and Physics Complements.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Competences and skills 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. Learning results By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: 1. Knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of electrical engineering (RA1.2). To evaluate this RA, systematic analysis exercises of DC circuits, alternating circuits and balanced three-phase testing, evaluation and laboratory practice systems (partial examinations, final examination, 3 laboratory practices) are performed. 2. Be aware of the multidisciplinary context of electrical engineering (RA1.4). To assess this RA, the links of electrical power to other disciplines of industrial engineering, such as electronic electronic engineering, thermal, and mechanical aspects, are highlighted. 3. Be able to apply your knowledge and understanding to identify, form, and solve electrical engineering problems use established methods (RA2.1). To evaluate this RA, specific evaluation tests and exercises are tested in relation to the basic electrical magnitudes (voltage, current and power). 4. Have the ability to design and perform experiments, interpret data, and draw conclusions (RA4.2). To evaluate this RA, exercises are available in the Electrical Circuits Laboratory on the contents of direct, alternating and three-phase current and subsequently, and this knowledge is evaluated in the final exams. 5. Have technical and laboratory skills (RA4.3). To evaluate this RA, students must provide laboratory protocols evaluating practical competencies in the use of electrical instrumentation (oscilloscopes, polymeters...). 6. Have the ability to combine theory and practice to solve electrical engineering problems (RA5.2). To evaluate this RA, a series of scripts and laboratory practices are carried out in which real circuits are solved and the systematic resolution techniques of circuits taught in the subject are applied.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 1.1. The power system 1.2. General concepts 1.3. Kirchhoff's Laws 2. Direct current 2.1. Resistance and generators 2.2. Series and parallel associations of passive and active circuit elements 2.3. Mesh and node analysis 2.4. Theorems (Superposition, Thévenin and Norton) 3. Alternating Current 3.1. Coils and capacitors. Transients. 3.2. Waves and phasors 3.3. Impedance and admitance 3.4. Solving circuits in the frequency domain 3.5. Power in alternating current 4. Balanced three-phase circuits 4.1. General concepts 4.2. Phase and line magnitudes 4.3. Single-phase equivalent 4.4. Three-phase power and reactive power compensation 4.5. Methods of three-phase power measurement 5. Analysis of first-order transient circuits
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. Throughout the course the teacher will propose, as a volunteer activity of the student, but with positive evaluation in the evaluation (additional points), the realization of some exercises to solve different electric circuits. Classroom activities will be completed with three lab sessions, with a duration 100 minutes each one, on measurements and safety rules, dc circuits, ac circuits and 3-phase circuits, respectively.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 55
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 45
Basic Bibliography
  • Bruce A. Carlson. Teoría de Circuitos. Thomson. 2002
  • Guillermo Robles Muñoz. Problemas resueltos de fundamentos de ingeniería eléctrica. Paraninfo. 2015
  • J. Fraile Mora. Electromagnetismo y Circuitos Eléctricos. McGraw Hill. 2005
  • Julio Usaola & Mª Angeles Moreno. Circuitos Eléctricos. Problemas y ejercicios resueltos. Prentice Hall. 2002
Additional Bibliography
  • A. Conejo Navarro. Circuitos eléctricos para la Ingeniería. McGraw-Hill. 2004
  • A. Gómez Expósito. Fundamentos de Teoría de Circuitos. Thomson. 2007
  • A. Gómez Expósito. Teoría de Circuitos. Ejercicios de autoevaluación. Thomson. 2005
  • F. Barrero González. Sistemas de Energía Eléctrica. Thomson. 2004

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