Courses & Units

Electrical Machines and Transformers ENG231



This unit introduces students to the operation principles and characteristics of electrical machines and transformers as well as the physics behind the operation of these machines.  Students will gain a thorough understanding of transformers, DC motors, induction machines and synchronous machines.  This unit prepares students to undertake future studies in Electrical Power Engineering.


Unit name Electrical Machines and Transformers
Unit code ENG231
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Sarah Lyden

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

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Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the operation of motors, generators and transformers using knowledge of magnetic circuit laws and fundamental circuit laws.

2. Solve problems related to the operation, characteristics and implementation of motors, generators and transformers.

3. Determine electric and magnetic field strengths and their effects in and around electrical machinery, including effects of magnetic induction on moving parts.

4. Making use of Maxwell’s equations, model electromagnetic radiation and magnetic fields due to moving parts containing currents.

5. Apply concepts of radiation cutoff frequencies to design EM screening structures.

6. Analyse, draw conclusions and report the results of physics and electrical machines experiments.



Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031301 $993.0 $993.0 not applicable $2,798.0

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ENG104 and KME271

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Teaching Pattern

3 lectures and 1 tutorial per week, 5 x 3 hour labs

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