This course introduces and analyses electrical machines and power electronic systems for high-power applications; for example, industrial and traction drives, small-scale power generation, and power system control. In addition, the course examines the operation, characteristics, and capabilities of commonly used systems and introduces aspects of electrical transmission and distribution.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration1 week
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,700. The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course will be delivered as lectures, supported by tutorials, design exercise, and laboratory demonstrations. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you will learn to:

  • Assess the key features and operational advantages of electric machines and their converter systems
  • Identify and appraise the main configurations and components of an electric power conversion system comprising electric machines and converters
  • Critically evaluate the steady-state characteristics of different subsystems in an electric power conversion application
  • Assimilate suitable stakeholder requirements and make recommendations for different system designs, include the appropriate component sizing and control methods in an power conversion application
  • Appreciate the operations of electric power systems, and identify all key subsystems
  • Design and plan future extensions or modifications of existing power systems
  • Systematically develop computer simulation models of the electromechanical systems and use those models to evaluate the effectiveness of different technology options and control methods.

Core content

Transformers and Electrical Machines

  • Fundamentals of Electromagnetism and Electric Power Conversion
  • Transformer Operations
  • DC Machines - motors, generators & control
  • AC Machines - synchronous & asynchronous.

Power Electronics and Power Converters

  • Overview of semiconductor switches - Diodes, IGBTs, MOSFETs
  • Boost/buck converters - operation, control and design
  • Multi-phase converters - operation, control and design
  • Switching strategies of converters.

Applications to Renewable Energy Systems

  • Wind generator systems
    • General types of electric machines
    • Converter types and configurations
  • Photovoltaic generators  
    • General types of silicon photovoltaic
    • PV configurations and integration.

Basics of Electric Power System

  • Introduction and overview to Centralised Power System
  • Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Power flow and compensation
  • Power dispatch and Control.

Advanced Electric Grid

  • Underground Cable design
  • Fault analysis
  • Protection system
  • Stability and dynamics analysis with the application of FACTS devices
  • Smart grid.

Who should attend

Delegates should have a good understanding of electrical principles; resistance, capacitance and inductance, basic RLC circuits, Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws, DC systems and AC (single phase and three phase) circuits.


  • Dr Patrick Luk


10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

 Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire.

The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1. London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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