autumn 2018

ELE-3500 Power System Fundamentals - 10 ECTS

Sist endret: 08.02.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semeste

Type of course

May be taken as a singel subject

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Application code: 9371

Course content

  • Introduction to Power System
  • Revision of Single Phase and 3 Phase Systems
  • Per Unit Systems
  • Elements in a Power System
  • Modeling of Generators
  • Modeling of Transformers
  • Modeling of Transmission Lines
  • Power Flow and Load Flow Studies
  • Fault Analysis in a Power System
  • Introduction to Reactive Power Compensation
  • Introduction to FACTS Devices

Objective of the course


After having followed the course, the candidate shall have obtained insight in:

  • Knowledge of Power system theory, power System functions, power system structure, power system generation, transmission and distribution.
  • Review of Basic concepts of the three-phase system, active and reactive power, power flow impact on the system, reactive power compensation.
  • Modeling of Power System Elements (Generators, Transformers, Transmission lines).
  • Understanding of power flow/load flow problems, solutions of power flow problems by different computational aspects.
  • Knowledge of different kinds of faults in a power system.
  • Knowledge of reactive power compensation analysis in a transmission line including FACTS devices



After having followed the course, the candidate shall be able to:

  • Make and analyze simple model of a power system.
  • Perform and analyze simple power system calculations.
  • Perform and analyze simple power flow calculations.
  • Perform and analyze simple power fault calculations.


General competence:

  • The candidate will has a basic understanding about power system structures and interaction between different elements of power system

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures + Assignments + Laboratory exercises



Mandatory tasks

Assignments and Laboratory reports have to be approved in order to take the final examination


5 hours written exam. Assessment according to standard A-F grading scale.

A re-sit exam will be arranged for this course.

Date for examination

Written exam 17.12.2018

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

Power System Analysis ; William Stevenson's, McGrawHill

Electrical Machinery Fundamentals: Stephen J. Chapman, McGraw Hill:

Power System Stability and Control; Prabha Kundur, McGrawHill

FACTS controllers in Power Transmission and Distribution; K.R. Padiyar, New Age International Publisher.

Additional literature:

Some Relevant Research Papers