Electrical Drive Systems (H6097)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Topics will normally include the following:

  • electrical drive systems: fundamentals (translational and rotational motion, power rating and classes of duty, 4-quadrant operation, torque/power limits, a note on closed-loop control of drives, electrical and mechanical transformers)
  • DC drives: brushed and brushless, and introduction to their control issues
  • AC motors: examples of motor drives (e.g. induction motors), and introduction to their control issues (emphasise model-based control characteristics, involving nonlinearity)
  • servomotors and stepper motors: principles and their control
  • examples of modern electrical drives in engineering applications.


94%: Lecture
6%: Practical (Laboratory)


10%: Coursework (Report)
90%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 35 hours of contact time and 115 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.