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 ELEN E9501: Seminar in Electrical Power Networks

Instructor: Javad Lavaei  

Time: Wednesday, 10:10am-12:40pm  

Location: MUDD 214

Students' Projects: Click here

Lecture Notes:

  • Week 1: Overview of Power Grids

  • Week 2: Circuits; Complex Power

  • Week 3: Three-Phase Networks; Per Phase Analysis; Transmission Lines

  • Week 4:  Voltage Collapse; Transformers; Phase Shifter

  • Week 5: Per-Unit Normalization; Power Flow Analysis; Contraction Map

  • Week 6: Optimization for Distribution Networks

  • Week 7: Convex Optimization (Supplemental Material)

  • Week 8: Duality and Optimal Power Flow (Supplemental Material)

  • Week 9: Projects Description

  • Week 10: Electricity Market

  • Week 11: Generator Modeling and Control & Stability

  • Week 12: Topics in Smart Grid (Renewable, PMU, FACTS, DGs, Demand Response, Security, etc.)

  • Week 13: Students' Presentations



Description: One of the grand challenges of this century is the modernization of electrical power networks. This course provides a fundamental understanding of not only the conventional power grid but also the electric grid of the future (known as Smart Grid).  The topics covered in this course include:

o   Modeling of power systems (transmission lines, transformers, relevant power electronic devices, generators, etc.)

o   Architecture of power networks

o   Operation of power systems (study of both steady state and transient behavior)

o   Control of power networks

o   Optimization for power networks

o   Electricity market

o   Smart Grid 

The references of this course are  (no need to buy them; some are available online):

o   "Power Systems Analysis" by Arthur R. Bergen and Vijay Vittal

o   "Fundamentals of Power System Economics" by Daniel S. Kirschen and Goran Strbac

o   "Applied Optimization: Formulation and Algorithms for Engineering Systems" by Ross Baldick

o   "Convex Optimization" by Stephen Boyd and Lieven Vandenberghe 

o   Research Papers