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1B: Electric Machines and Drives (201900255)

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Course Description

The course gives an overview of different types of electrical machines and drives. Different types of mechanica loads are discussed. Maxwell's equations are applied to magnetic circuits including permanent magnets. DC machines, induction machines, synchronous machines, switched reluctance machines, brushless DC machines and single-phase machines are discussed with the power electronic converters used to drive them.


After following this course the students should have an overview over the different types of electrical machines and the way they are used in drive systems and they should be able to derive equations describing the steady-state performance of these machines.

Study Material


  • P.C. Sen, ‘Principles of electric machines and power electronics’, New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1997 (second edition), ISBN 0-471-02295-0


  • The Principles of Electronic and Electromechanical Power Conversion – A Systems Approach”, Braham Ferreira, Wim van der Merwe, 1st edition Wiley, January 2014, ISBN 978-1-118-6509-9
  • A.E. Fitzgerald, C. Kingsley, S.D. Umans, 'Electric Machinery', New York: McGraw-Hill, 2003 (sixth edition) ISBN 0-07-112193-5

Entry Requirements


  • Undergraduate course on electromagnetics.
  • Undergraduate course on complex numbers, phasors


  • Undergraduate course on mechanics.
  • Undergraduate course on circuit theory