ELEC ENG 4058 - Power Quality & Condition Monitoring

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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 School of Electrical & 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 3021
    Assessment Quizzes, practicals and tutorial
    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; 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; perform comparisons with the power
    quality 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 the most frequently 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 modern data acquisition and processing methods for
    condition monitoring
    9 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

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.6   2.1   2.2   3.2   3.5  3.6   

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
  • 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
    This course relies on lectures and experimental tests as the primary delivery mechanism. Tutorials supplement the lectures to enhance understanding. Two assignments will be used to provide hands-on experience for students to reinforce the theoretical concepts encountered in lectures and to improve technical report writing abilities. In addition, continuous assessment activities provide formative opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.

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

    Activity Contact hours Workload hours
    Lecture 32 lectures 32 64
    Tutorials 4 tutorials 4 20
    Assignment 1 Laboratory test 2 16
    Assignment 2 Laboratory test 2 16
    In-class quizzes 3 3 33
    TOTALS 46 149
    Note that there will be two practical sessions to obtain real time data for Assignment 1 and Assignment 2. Further instructions on the operation of the tests and laboratory session will be provided. Occupational Health and Safety inductions will be conducted at these times.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Not applicable.
    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
    Quizzes (3) 70 Individual Summative Weeks 4, 9, 12 Min 40% 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
    Experiements 25 Individual Summative Weeks 6, 13 Min 40%  2. 3. 7. 8.
    Preparation (4)
    5 Individual Formative Week 3, 4, 9, 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
    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. 3.   
    This course has a hurdle requirement. 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 section is a hurdle requirement. It is necessary to achieve at least 40% total for these two reports. If this is not achieved, the total course mark will be limited to a maximum of 49.

    If a student fails to meet a hurdle requirement (normally no less than 40%),and is assigned a total mark for the course in the range of 45-49, then the student is 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
    Details of individual assessment tasks will be provided during the semester.
    All written submissions to formative assessment activities are to be submitted to the designated boxes within the School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering by 3:00pm on the specified date and must be accompanied by a signed cover sheet. Copies of blank cover sheets are available from the School office in Ingkarni Wardli 3.26.

    A 20% late penalty per day (or part of) will apply if the above reports are not submitted on time.

    All formative and summative assessments will have a two week turn-around time for provision of feedback to students.

    Full details can be found on the School website:
    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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