Courses & Units

Power System Dynamics and Stability ENG766



The aim of this unit is to provide students expertise in the analysis of power system dynamics and stability for practical applications. The unit covers an introduction to the concept of power system stability, representation of synchronous machines and AC transmission modelling in stability studies, static and dynamic load models, steam and hydro turbines and governing systems, HVDC systems and their representation in stability studies, small-signal stability concept, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, small-signal stability of a single machine and multimachine systems, transient stability concept, simulation of power system dynamic response, direct method of transient stability analysis, voltage stability and voltage collapse, wide-area monitoring, and impact of wind and solar integration on power system dynamics.
It is highly recommended for students to have a background in power systems.


Unit name Power System Dynamics and Stability
Unit code ENG766
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Doctor Sarah Lyden
Available as student elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Determine small-signal stability of power systems using eigenvalues and eigenvectors.
  • Evaluate power system dynamic response in systems with increasing renewable generation using appropriate commercial software.
  • Evaluate transient stability of a power system using the equal area criterion.
  • Investigate voltage stability and conditions for voltage collapse.
  • Evaluate the impact of renewable energy integration by simulating power system dynamics.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
031301 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,798.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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ENG75X Power Systems 1


AssessmentTest or quiz (10%)|Examination - invigilated (externally - Exams Office) (30%)|Project (60%)
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