ELEC ENG 4058 - Power Quality & Condition Monitoring

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2024

This course will address power quality issues and condition monitoring techniques used in electrical and industrial systems. A brief overview of power systems and three-phase machines will be given, and the course will cover various issues under two major sections. Power Quality: Electromagnetic interference and interactions in energy systems, types of power quality issues, regulations, standards, prevention techniques, measurements and analysis and real-time tests. Condition Monitoring: Importance, types and features of faults, test methods, sensors and measurement techniques, traditional and advanced diagnostic methods, case studies and real-time tests.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ELEC ENG 4058
    Course Power Quality & Condition Monitoring
    Coordinating Unit Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge ELEC ENG 2102
    Assessment Workshop preparation and participation, online tests, in-class quizzes and practical reports
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Wen Soong

    Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Assoc.Prof Wen Soong
    Email: wen.soong@adelaide.edu.au
    Office: Ingkarni Wardli 3.53
    Phone: 8313 4117
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Describe and classify power quality issues in a power system and explain the importance of power quality;
    2 Apply the concept of fault level to simple power systems to analyse fault conditions, voltage dips and harmonic voltages;
    3 Explain the importance of Australian Standards and perform comparisons with the harmonic current and flicker limits given by the Standards;
    4 Apply symmetrical component theory to analyse unbalanced steady-state operation of induction motors
    5 Explain the meaning of condition monitoring and its applications;
    6 Explain general testing techniques, standards, limits and the advantages and disadvantages of commonly-used condition monitoring technologies;
    7 Explain testing techniques for specific machine types, such as induction motors, synchronous motors and transformers;
    8 Apply prognostics models and data acquisition and processing methods for condition monitoring;
    9 Working in groups, develop practical skills in using voltage, current and flux sensors, processing signals to obtain frequency spectra and analysing the results for power quality and condition monitoring testing. Present results in a written report.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Entry to Practice Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer. The course develops the following EA Elements of Competency to levels of introductory (A), intermediate (B), advanced (C):  

    C C C B B C C C B B B B
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    3, 6, 9

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    A set of course notes and supporting materials for assignments will be available for downloading from the course web site.
    Recommended Resources
    There are no recommended resources.
    Online Learning
    Extensive use will be made of the course web site for this course, https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login.

    Course notes, tutorial problems and laboratory exercises will all be available for downloading from the web site. Where the lecture theatre facilities permit, audio or video recordings of lectures will also be available for downloading.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The Power Quality and Condition monitoring course has two segments:
    a) Power quality (PQ)
    b) Condition Monitoring (CM)

    It uses the following learning and teaching activities:

    1. Lectures:
    a) PQ: these are pre-recorded and students will need to watch between 2 and 6 hrs of lecture videos per week.
    b) CM: there will be up to 4 hrs of in-person lectures per week, these will be recorded for students who not able to attend.

    2. Online quizzes (PQ only): these are MyUni quizzes which are done weekly and require an average of about 2 hrs per week.

    3. Workshops: there are seven 2-hr workshops during the semester with preparation submitted before each one.  The preparation is expected to take on average about 2 hrs per workshop.

    4. Tests: there are two 90 minute open-book tests, one for PQ in Week 6 and one for CM in Week 11.  At least 12 hrs of preparation is recommended for each test.

    5. Experiments: there are three 3-hr experiments during the semester.  A time allowance of 1.5 hrs of preparation and 12 hrs for writing each of the reports is recommended.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    This course has the standard University expectation of about 156 hours over the semester.  Please see the above Learning and Teaching Modes for more information on how this is broken down to the various course activities.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Please see the above Learning and Teaching Modes for more information on the course learning activities.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Not applicable.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    In-Class Tests (2) 42 Individual Summative Weeks 6, 11 Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
    Experiments (3) 40 Individual Formative Weeks 7, 13 Min 50% 2. 4. 6. 8. 9.
    Workshop Preparation (7) 8 Individual Formative Weeks 2-5,
    1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Workshop Participation (7) 5 Individual Formative Weeks 2-5, 8-10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    PQ Online Quizzes 5 Individual Formative Weeks 1-5 1. 2. 3. 4.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.

    This assessment breakdown is registered as an exemption to the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy. The exemption is related to the Procedures clause(s): 1. b. iii.

    This course has two hurdle requirements. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.

    Assessment Related Requirements
    A hurdle requirement is defined by the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs policy as "...an assessment task mandating a minimum level of performance as a condition of passing the course.

    The experimental component is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 50% for the weighted total of the three reports. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.

    The in-class test component is also a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% for the weighted total of the two tests. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will also be limited to a maximum of 49.

    If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement, and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is generally entitled to an offer of additional assessment of some type. The type of assessment is to be decided by the School Assessment Review Committee when determining final results. The student’s final total mark will be entered at no more than 49% and the offer of an additional assessment will be specified e.g. US01. Once the additional assessment has been completed, this mark will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course and the better of the two results will apply. Note however that the maximum final result for a course in which a student has sat an additional assessment will be a “50 Pass”.

    If a student is unable to meet a hurdle requirement related to an assessment piece (may be throughout semester or at semester’s end) due to medical or compassionate circumstances beyond their control, then the student is entitled to an offer of replacement assessment of some type. An interim result of RP will be entered for the student, and the student will be notified of the offer of a replacement assessment. Once the replacement assessment has been completed, the result of that assessment will be included in the calculation of the total mark for the course.
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.

    There will be a late penalty of 10% of the maximum mark per day (or part of) for the experimental reports.  There will be a penalty of 10%
    of the maximum mark for not attending your scheduled CM experiments without prior approval or acceptable reason.

    All formative assessments will be targeted to have a two-week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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