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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0062 Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives

MECH0062 Electrical Machines and Power Electronic Drives

FHEQ Level:
7 (Undergraduate Yr 4 / MSc)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0063

Taught By

Dr Mehdi Baghdadi (Module Coordinator):
Mehdi Baghdadi


Mathematics to second year undergraduate level to include complex number theory, ordinary differential equations linear, non-linear 1st order and linear 2nd order homogenous with constant coefficients.

Electricity at first year undergraduate level to include basic theory and circuit analysis i.e. Kirchoff’s Laws, Ohm’s Law, Faraday’s law, Thevenin equivalent circuits, single-phase and dc circuit analysis.

Module Overview

This module provides students with detailed knowledge of the operation of electrical machines, an understanding of their design methodologies and experience of using analytical methods in performance analysis. Students will gain an appreciation of the wide and diverse role in which electrical machines and power electronic systems are used; an understanding of design methods for electro-mechanical system design; and an understanding of the mathematical algorithms upon which such tools computer simulation methods are based.

The module covers single-phase, multi-phase, DC and super-conducting machines and will include electro-magnetic and permanent magnet, field windings and reluctance designs. The power electronic drives section of the module covers variable speed drives and power conversion equipment.

The module strives to keep abreast of the state of the art and provide students with the tools to understand these and appreciate advances in technology and control that are influencing future designs. Students are exposed to the benefits of various electrical machine arrangements electric drive systems as being used in transport which is used as part of their group project work in other modules, or in ships the recent growth in electrical propulsion.

Topics Covered

Topics covered in this module include:

Electrical Machines

  • Fundamentals
  • Types of electrical machines and their uses
  • Analysis and design methods
  • Applications

Power Electronic Drives

  • Circuit elements
  • Circuits
  • Control and performance
  • Applications

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the range of electrical machines and power electronic systems and understand why different designs are being used in different applications.
  • Appreciate power electronic devices used in the control of different motors and generators and understand how these devices are used together to make a range of different drive systems.
  • Analyse constant and variable speed electrical drive systems so as to calculate key parameters such as torque, speed, efficiency, and power under steady-state and transient conditions.
  • Use computer based simulation tools to analyse electrical machine and power electronic system behaviour with an understanding of the mathematical algorithms upon which such tools are based.
  • Understand the ‘state of the art’ in electrical machines and power electronic systems and appreciate advanced materials and topologies that are influencing future designs.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Computer-based learning


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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