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ELEX 8270 - Power System Analysis

Electrical and Computer Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

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Course Details

The course presents methods of power system analysis and design in sufficient depth to give the basic knowledge for solving fundamental problems of modern power systems. The main goal of the course is to review the students existing knowledge of power systems and then advance it toward analysis methods, developing conceptual insights, and gaining experience with applicable software simulation and analytical tools through hands on laboratory exercises. Topics include: review of fundamentals of power systems, symmetrical components, modelling of generators, transformers, transmission lines and loads, principles of network analysis, power flow, faults, voltage and frequency controls, economic dispatch, voltage stability, and transient stability.


ELEX 7240





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 70552

Tue Jan 04 - Tue Apr 05 14 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 05 Tue 18:30 - 21:30 BBY SW01 Rm. 2024


Ali Palizban

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Labs to be scheduled outside of class hours on a schedule to be determined on the first day of class. Registrants who are not BTech Electronics students must have approval from the program head. Please contact Katie Howard at 604-432-8237 or for more information, or to be placed on a wait-list if the course is full. Note: BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses. In the event of a Part-time Studies course cancellation, you will be notified at least two business days prior to the course start. Please ensure that your contact information is current.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student is expected to gain the knowledge and ability to solve problems pertaining to:

  • Power systems fundamentals: building blocks, principal objectives, operating criteria and controls.
  • Network representation: per-unit system and its use, the concept of single line diagrams for three phase systems, symmetrical components, and balanced networks.
  • Power systems components and their models for system analysis and simulation purposes. Electric circuit models of transformers, transmission lines and cables, rotating machines, and loads.
  • Identification of equations and unknowns in a load flow problem. Definition of PV, PQ and Slack buses.
  • Balanced and unbalanced faults, computer methods. Use of power system analysis and simulation software package such as PowerWorld Simulator to solve power system problems.
  • System protection components. Types of relays and their applications.
  • Voltage stability and voltage collapse phenomenon as well as methods of preventing them. Applications of tap-changing and phase-shifting transformers, series and shunt compensation, and voltage regulators.
  • Power system controls: generator-voltage control, turbine-generator control, and load- frequency control. Economic dispatch.
  • Dynamic models: swing equation, derivation and properties. Numerical integration methods.
  • Transient stability phenomenon. System response to a short-circuit fault. Equal-area criterion. Methods for improving transient stability and power transfer limitation.

Effective as of Winter 2007

Related Programs

ELEX 8270 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Electronics
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology

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