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Electric Powertrain Design - ELE00083H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Xing Zhao
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module provides a deep study of electric powertrain design, including the electromagnetic structure parameters design of electrical machines, winding transformation modelling, various motor drive control methods and advanced pulse width injection strategies.

Professional requirements

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Additional information



Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To understand the basic design concepts for electrical machines

  • To understand the design principles of electromagnetic structure parameters including the main dimension, slot pole combinations, electric loading and magnetic loading.

  • To understand the magnetomotive force produced by machine windings

  • To calculate the reactance of machines using equivalent magnetic circuit

  • To understand the principles of winding transformation modelling for drive control

  • To understand the principles of various vector control methods for motor drives

  • To understand the principles of various pulse width injection (PWM) strategies

  • To reinforce learning through laboratory investigations

Graduate skills aims:

  • To understand the basic design guidelines for electrical machines considering various speed, torque, power requirements in different industry applications

  • To understand different drive control methods and pulse width injection strategies.

  • To instill professional laboratory working practice

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the basic design principles behind electric machine and drive system

  • Calculate the electromagnetic structure parameters using equivalent magnetic circuit

  • Identify a suitable electrical machine and drive system for typical industry application.

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • State basic technical concepts concisely and accurately

  • Compare and contrast different technologies

  • Plan and manage their time in a laboratory setting

Module content

Professional Practice embedded into this module:

  • Health and Safety

  • Laboratory Practice

  • Written communication skills

  • Personal and Group Skills

  • Design for Manufacturability (understanding of tolerances, material limitations)

  • Engineering standards and Regulation


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Electric Powertrain Design Exam
1.5 hours 50
Essay : Individual Report
N/A 50

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam: Electric Powertrain Design Resit Exam
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme. We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments. A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.

The School of PET aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme. In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work. The School will endeavour to return all exam feedback within the timescale set out in the University's Policy on Assessment Feedback Turnaround Time. The School would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback. The School will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum. Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate. Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date.

Formative feedback:

Emails to the Module Coordinator with Questions / Comments will be answered as soon as possible. Questions can also be submitted at any time via the Question Box on the module Wiki page. The students can have technical discussions with the module Coordinator during open office hours.

Summative feedback:

Feedback on tutorial questions with comments on how the students can improve on their work, will be available to the students typically in class. Feedback on individual project reports will be available to the students.

Indicative reading

Introduction to AC Machine Design


T. A Lipo

First published:06 October 2017

Print ISBN: 9781119352198 |Online ISBN: 9781119352198 |DOI: 621.3133/9781119352198

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