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ELEC3211 High Voltage Engineering

Module Overview

Students are not required to have taken ELEC2206 before taking ELEC3211, but it is strongly recommended.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- To provide students with an introduction to high voltage engineering, phenomena and technology. - To understand high voltage generation, measurement and testing. - To understand transient overvoltages and the protection of high voltage apparatus.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Understanding of high voltage technology and insulation design in general
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply statistic approach to analyse testing data
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply systematic approach to electrical system design
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand breakdown mechanisms in solids, liquids and gases
  • Analyse transient overvoltages and design protection
  • Apply diagnostic tests to examine the quality of insulation

Syllabus

Introduction to high voltage engineering - High voltage transmission/distribution systems - Overvoltage types and insulation types - Withstand levels, S curves; insulation coordination. Breakdown mechanisms in solids, liquids, gases and vacuum - High voltage transmission/distribution systems - Overvoltage types and insulation types Testing and Weibull statistics - Non-destructive testing of apparatus; insulation resistance, tan d, partial discharge - Measurements - Destructive testing: short term breakdown test, life testing, accelerated life testing. - Weibull statistics. System overvoltages - Occurrence and characteristics, power frequency and harmonics, switching - Lightning overvoltages; transient calculations, Bewley lattice diagrams, wave tables - Attenuation and distortion of surges; overvoltage protection devices, rod and expulsion gaps; surge diverters Circuit breakers - Types - General principles of operation. High voltage generators - Impulse generators - Cascaded transformers and series resonant circuits - Rectifier circuit and Cockcroft-Walton cascade circuits High voltage measurements - Electrostatic meters - Impedance dividers: resistive dividers and capacitive dividers - Digital techniques

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions18
Follow-up work18
Wider reading or practice60
Tutorial6
Revision10
Lecture36
Completion of assessment task2
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

High Voltage Engineering Fundamentals. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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