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Power Systems Courses

Clemson University's Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers several courses in power systems. Please note the pre-requisites listed at the end of each course description below.

Undergraduate Level Courses

ECE 3600 Electric Power Engineering 3 (3) - Presents the basic principles of electromagnetic induction and electromagnetic forces developed. Topics include synchronous machines, power transformers, electric power transmission, and distribution systems, DC motors, and induction motors. Preq: ECE 2620 and PHYS 2210, each with a C or better.


Graduate Level Courses

ECE 6180 Power System Analysis 3 (3) - Study of power system planning and operational problems. Topics include load flow, economic dispatch, fault studies, transient stability, and control of problems. System modeling and computer solutions are emphasized through class projects. Students are expected to have completed courses comparable to ECE 3600 and ECE 3800 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 6190 Electric Machines and Drives 3 (3) - Performance, characteristics, and modeling of AC and DC machines during steady-state and transient conditions. Introduction to power electronics devices and their use in adjustable speed motor drives. Students are expected to have completed courses comparable to ECE 3210 and ECE 3600 and ECE 3800 before enrolling in this course. Additionally, students are expected to have completed, or be concurrently enrolled in, a course comparable to MATH 4340 when enrolling in this course.

ECE 6200 Renewable Energy Penetration on the Power Grid 3 (3) - Introduces the basic definition of electrical power, interfacing primary sources, generator/load characteristics, and renewable energy resources. Topics include solar energy grid interfacing, wind energy grid interfacing, battery charging/management, harmonic distortion, voltage sags, and national standards. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 2070 or ECE 3200 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8020 Electric Motor Control 3 (3) - Dynamic modeling and analysis of electrical machines for design of AC and DC drive systems; implementation of such models on a digital computer; voltage-fed inverters; pulse width modulation and analysis techniques for inverters; harmonic generation and reduction. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4340 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8070 Computer Methods for Power Systems Analysis 3 (3) - Electric power system operation; development of models of transmission line components and networks; computer methods for solving linear and nonlinear systems of network equations; operating problems in load flow, scheduling and economic dispatch. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8160 Electric Power Distribution System Engineering 3 (3) - Radial circuit analysis techniques, feeder and transformer modeling, load modeling, loss minimalization and voltage control, causes of power quality problems, motor starting analysis, strategies for analyzing impacts of disturbances. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8170 Power System Transients 3 (3) - Electrical transients in power systems; frequency domain and time domain techniques for power systems transient analysis; capacitor switching, load switching, fault-induced transients, line reclosing and single pole switching. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8240 Power System Protection 3 (3) - Coordination of power system protection components including microprocessor based relay-adaptive protection of power system, power system disturbance identification and system restoration following a major disturbance. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 before enrolling in this course; and are expected to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a course comparable to MATH 4340 when enrolling in this course.

ECE 8620 Real Time Computer Application in Power Systems 3 (3) - Principles of monitoring, control and operation of power systems; load frequency control, on-line load flow, power system state estimation, unit commitment and load forecasting. Students are expected to have completed a course comparable to ECE 4180 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8630 Power System Dynamics and Stability 3 (3) - Modeling of synchronous machines and their control systems; power system stability for small and large disturbances; excitation systems, governor control, power system stabilizers and state variables formulation for power systems dynamic stability studies. Students are expected to have completed courses comparable to ECE 4180 and ECE 4190 before enrolling in this course.

ECE 8930 Selected Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering 1-3 (1-3) - Topics not covered in other courses; current literature and results of current research. Topics vary from year to year in keeping with developments in the field. May be repeated for credit.

Please view the Graduate Student Handbook for coursework requirements,
and the Graduate Catalog's Courses of Instruction - Electrical and Computer Engineering section for course details.


Energy Programs

Clemson University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering also offers three certificate programs for post baccalaureate engineers. The certificate programs include:

  • Renewable Energy Certificate Program
  • Power Systems Engineering Certificate Program
  • Advanced Power Systems Engineering Certificate Program

For additional details, please visit the Energy Programs page, or
contact Dr. John Gowdy (john.gowdy@ces.clemson.edu, tel. (864) 656-5910).