autumn 2021
ELE-3608 Electrical Machines and Power Electronics 2 - 5 ECTS

Last changed 26.11.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single course. The course is reserved for students belonging to Master in Electrical Engineering.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor Engineering program  with minimum 25 credits mathematics, 5 credits statistics, 7,5 credits physics

Application code: 9371

Course overlap

STE6225 Electrical Machines and Power Electronics 2 5 stp

Course content

The course will describe the design, operation, and control of electrical energy converters. Electric transportation, renewable energy and energy storage will be used as application of power converters throughout the course. The emphasis is on control algorithms and dynamic operating characteristics. A design project will be completed in groups. Laboratory and experiments is a central and integrated part of the course, including the project work.

Power conversion:

  • Converter circuit topologies
  • Modulation strategies
  • Dynamic models
  • Active and reactive power control
  • Predictive control algorithms

Motor drives:

  • Mechanical and electrical modelling
  • Dynamic operating characteristics
  • Advanced control strategies of AC drives based on vector control and direct torque control.

Recommended prerequisites

ELE-3600 Power System Fundamentals, ELE-3606 Control Engineering, ELE-3607 Power Electronics, ELE-3612 Instrumentation and Measuring Systems, MAT-3800 Linear Algebra II, MAT-3801 Numerical Methods

Objectives of the course

After passing this course, the student shall have the following learning outcome:


  • The candidate will have an insight in rotating electrical machines and their application
  • The candidate can explain the functionality of power converters for motor drives and grid connected applications
  • The candidate can explain the concept of predictive control methods
  • The candidate knows how to use simulation software such as SPICE and MATLAB to support all phases from specification to design of power electronic systems
  • The candidate has knowledge on using scientific instruments and rapid prototyping systems in developing control algorithms


  • The candidate can create mathematical load models of mechanical and electric systems
  • The candidate can create simulation models of power electronic converters, control algorithms and mechanical systems
  • The candidate can apply advanced control algorithms and strategies to control motor drives and grid connected converters in a laboratory environment
  • The candidate can design and select components for power electronic systems based on mechanical and electric system requirement specifications

General competence:

  • The candidate will gain competence in future design activity in the field of industrial electronics
  • The candidate will have an overview of documentation standards and training in technical writing.

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Lectures, design project and laboratory exercises.


Courswork / Course requirements

- Completed the required HSL courses within laboratory work and safety is required be approved before gaining access to the laboratory.

- 1 (out of 1) mandatory digital test in measurement techniques and correct use of laboratory equipment.

- 1 (out of 1) course evaluation form submitted

- 4 (out of 4) approved exercises

- 1 written project report submitted for review

- 1 approved peer review of another groups’ project report

Examination and assessment The assessment is based on:

  • Written project report (50 %)
  • Oral examination (50 %)

Both parts needs to be passed individually to pass the course.

Grading is scaled from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade.

Re-sit oral exam and project will be arranged if any candidate received grade F in the previous ordinary exam, where a new project topic will be provided.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ELE-3608