This module can only be taken as part of the Vehicle and Weapon Engineering MSc (USA).

Providing a fundamental understanding of electric technologies.



At a glance

  • Dates
    • 07 - 11 Dec 2026
  • Duration5 days
  • LocationExternal

What you will learn

On successful completion you should be able to:

Assess the key features and operational advantages of electric drive systems compared to conventional ones 
Identify and appraise the main configurations and components of an electric drive system
Assess the integration issues with the vehicle, limits and the operations imposed by other subsystems
Evaluate the integration issues of EDT with the vehicle, limits and the operations imposed by other subsystems
Evaluate power and control electronics systems, as well as energy storage units such as batteries as integral parts of a electric drive system
Design system level electric drive subsystems involving the scoping of electric motors, energy storage units and power/control electronics for specific application
Appraise future industry trends and assess associated opportunities and challenges



Core content

Topics covered by the course:

Overview of electric drive systems
Key configurations and components
Integration issues with vehicles
Operational conditions and ranges
Fundamental concepts of electric machines
Electric and magnetic loadings, thermal limits
Electric traction machines: PM machines, induction and switched reluctance machines
Magnetic materials, high power permanent magnets and their impacts on machine performance
Basic power converters for motors
Control and simulation of electrical machines and drives
Case studies of hybrids and all electric vehicle drive systems, Technology roadmaps


  • Dr John Economou

  • How to apply

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