Offered Courses


Regularly Offered Undergraduate CEPE Courses

Introductory Power Courses
Senior Power Systems Sequence
Senior Distribution Power Systems Sequence
Senior Power Electronics Sequence

Regularly Offered Graduate CEPE Courses

Graduate Power Systems Sequence
Graduate Distribution Power Systems Sequence
Graduate Power System Dynamics, Security, and Economics Sequence
Graduate Power Electronics Sequence

All Drexel Power Courses Offered

Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Graduate Course Descriptions
(Disclaimer: Not all of these courses are regularly offered, or taught by CEPE faculty)

Undergraduate CEPE Courses


Introductory Power Courses

ECEP 352 – Electric Motor Control Principles
Introduces machinery principles, magnetic circuits, three-phase circuits, the electrical and economic structure of the power industry, ac and dc machine fundamentals, and power electronic converters and their interfaces with electric motors. Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.

ECEP 354 – Energy Management Principles
Covers principles of power engineering, including the electrical and economic structure of the power industry (distribution, subtransmission, and bulk transmission levels; environmental issues; the electrical system analysis; the thermal system analysis; links between electromechanics and thermodynamics; and safety issues). Some or all pre-requisites may be taken as either a pre-requisite or co-requisite. Please see the department for more information.


Senior Power Systems Sequence

ECEP 411 – Power Systems I
Covers steady state generator, transformer and transmission line modeling used for balanced steady state power system analysis including three-phase to single-phase model conversion, per-unit analysis, generator and line loadability, transformer and transmission line voltage regulation and reactive compensation.

ECEP 412 – Power Systems II
Covers y-bus based analysis of power systems including steady-state power-flow models and algorithms, economic dispatch of power generation, load-frequency control and introduction to transient stability analysis including time-domain simulation and equal area criterion.

ECEP 413 – Power Systems III
Covers Z-bus-based analysis of power systems including symmetrical component networks of generators, transformers, transmission lines and loads, symmetrical and unbalanced three-phase bus and line faults, and an introduction to power system protection.


Senior Distribution Power Systems Sequence

ECEP 421 – Modeling and Analysis of Electric Power Distribution Systems (Crosslisted with ECEP 601)
Introduction to power distribution systems; balanced and unbalanced systems, component and load modeling, radial and weekly meshed topologies; algorithms for unbalanced power studies including radial and general structure solver.

ECEP 422 – Power Distribution Automation and Control (Crosslisted with ECEP 602)
Focuses on distribution management systems and their application: including optimizing network operation – capacitor placement and control, network reconfiguration, service restoration. Modern solution technologies are addressed.

ECEP 423 – Service and Power Quality Distribution Systems (Crosslisted with ECEP 603)
Focus on power distribution systems: service and power quality assessment including stat estimation, voltage quality, trouble call analysis, service restoration, component and system reliability assessment.


Senior Power Electronics Sequence

ECEP 451 – Power Electronic Converter Fundamentals (Crosslisted with ECEP 671)
Fundamentals of power electronics that include waveforms, basic power switch properties and magnetic circuits. Introduction to basic power electronic converter circuits: diode and phase-controlled rectifies and inverters; switch-mode converters. Applications to DC and AC power supply systems.

ECEP 452 – Experimental Study of Power Electronic Converters (Crosslisted with ECEP 672)
Experimental study of common power electronic converters: diode rectifiers, phase-controlled rectifies, switch-mode inverters. Both hardware and software studies. Additional lectures on: Study of DC-DC switch-mode converters.

ECEP 453 – Applications of Power Electronic Converters (Crosslisted with ECEP 673)
Provides a first look at various power electronic applications in residential, commercial and industrial sites. Examples include utility application such as static var compensators (SVC), thyristor switch capacitors (TSC), high voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission systems among others. In addition, fundamentals of motor drives and their controls are covered. Examples include induction, DC synchronous and specialized motors.


Graduate CEPE Courses


Graduate Power Systems Sequence

ECEP 501 – Power System Analysis
Core course. Covers modeling of power systems, including: symmetrical components, transmission lines, transformers, per-unit values and one-line diagrams. Introduces power flow. Required of first-year power majors; equivalent undergraduate credits may be substituted.

ECEP 502 – Computer Analysis of Power Systems
Core course. Covers digital computation methods, including load flow, fault, and transient stability problems. Required of first-year power engineering majors.

ECEP 503 – Synchronous Machine Modeling
Core course. Covers two-reaction theory, Park’s synchronous machine models, modeling of the synchronous machine excitation and governor systems, and the effects on power system stability. Required of first-year power engineering majors.


Graduate Distribution Power Systems Sequence

ECEP 601 – Modeling & Analysis of Power Distribution Systems (Crosslisted with ECEP 421)
Modeling and Analysis of Power Distribution Systems. Introduction to power distribution system; balanced and unbalanced systems, component and load modeling, radial and weakly meshed topologies; algorithms for unbalanced power flow studies including radial and general structure solver.

ECEP 602 – Power Distribution Automation and Control (Crosslisted with ECEP 422)
Power Distribution Automation and Control. Focuses on distribution management systems and their application: including optimizing network operation -capacitor placement and control, network reconfiguration, service restoration. Modern solution technology will be addresses.

ECEP 603 – Service and Power Quality in Distribution Systems (Crosslisted with ECEP623)
Service and Power Quality in Distribution Systems. Focus power distribution systems: service and power quality assessment including stat estimation, voltage quality, trouble call analysis, service restoration, component and system reliability assessment.

Power System Dynamics, Security, and Economics Sequence

ECEP 610 – Power System Dynamics
Covers system parameters and dynamics, swing equation and solutions for two-machine and multimachine systems, equal area criterion, computer solution techniques, system effects due to dynamic behavior of particular system components, and load characteristics.

ECEP 611 – Power System Security
Covers contingency analysis, including operating and security constraints and network sensitivities; corrective dispatch using linear programming; and state estimation, including network observability, detection, and identification of bad data.

ECEP 612 Economic Operation of Power Systems
Covers unit characteristics and economic operation, including transmission loss coefficients, general loss formula, and automatic economic load dispatch.


Graduate Power Electronics Sequence

ECEP 671 – AC-DC and DC-AC Power Electronic Converters (Crosslisted with ECEP 451)
AC-DC and DC-AC Power Electronic Converters. Study of basic power electronic converter circuits: diode and phase controlled rectifiers and inverters; switch-mode converters. Applications to DC and AC power supplies.

ECEP 672 – Power Electronic Experiments: Hardware and Software (Crosslisted with ECEP 452)
Hardware and Software Lab-Intensive course. Additional lectures on: Study of DC-DC switch-mode converters; Study of power electronic circuitry in residential, industrial and electric utility applications; Optimizing utility interfaces with power electronic systems.

ECEP 673 – Power Electronic Applications (Crosslisted with ECEP 453)
Electric Utility Applications with emphasis on DC Transmission, Optimizing the Utility interface. Resonant converters. Fundamentals of motor drives and their controls: induction, DC, synchronous and specialized motors.

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