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ELEC7028 - Industrial Electrical Systems

Title:Industrial Electrical Systems
Long Title:Industrial Electrical Systems
Module Code:ELEC7028
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Electrical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2021/22 ( January 2022 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Next Review Date: March 2023
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author: Aidan OConnell
Module Description: This module is designed to provide the principles of industrial electrical systems to process automation and instrumentation students. It is aimed to furnish learners with a knowledge range of electrical applications commonly utilised in industry and how they may interface with them. These include but not limited to, generation, distribution, single & three phase power, testing & inspection, electrical installation safety, motor control, cathodic protection, etc.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Interpret and apply your judgement on commonly deployed electrical systems and how they interface with PLCs. For example, Stepper Motors, Induction Motors, Control Relays, Transformers & Rectifiers, etc.
LO2 Demonstrate the principles of cathodic protection and how it is utilised in the field.
LO3 Interpret the basic principles of electrical systems commonly deployed in industry and how they interface with control and instrumentation assets.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Single Phase Power
Circuit and personal protection: fuses, MCBs, RCDs & RCBOs. Circuit resistance, capacitive & inductive reactance, impedance. Sizing of conductors. Power factor correction.
Three-Phase Power
Power relationships. Three-phase loads: star & delta. Generation: star & delta, high/low speed, voltage regulation. Distribution.
Principles of transformers: common types and application. Power rating and efficiency. Single and multi-tap units. Three-phase combinations.
Electrical Machines
Motor principles. Classification of electrical motors. Motor mechanical characteristics. Types of DC motors. Stepper motors. Single and polyphase AC motors: induction, Synchronous & WRIM. Applications of different motors.
Motor Control Circuits
DOL. Relays and contactors. VSDs. Overcurrent protection, HBC fuses, MCBs. Control panel, symbology, circuit diagrams including sequencing, latching & interlocks, and panel wiring & mounting.
Electrical Installation Safety
Sources, temperature, characteristics, and concentration of ignition. Hazardous locations classifications. Equipment classification. Methods of protection (Ex e, d, i, etc). Ingress of protection. Required competency.
Principles of generation; traditional fossil fuel, CCGTs, CHPs, nuclear (fission & fusion), geothermal, wind, hydro-electric. Ireland’s present and future strategy.
Power Distribution
HV/MV transmission. National distribution & interconnectors. Parallel systems. Radial, ring, and network systems. Utilisation of transformers. Common substation layout and key components. Distribution with commercial buildings.
Cathodic Protection
Fundamentals of corrosion; natural & stray. Corrosion control; coatings, galvanic, ICCP, isolation & interference. Potential measurements; instrumentation, reference electrodes, structure-to-earth potential surveys & monitoring systems.
Regulations and Inspections
Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007. IS 10101. Visual, inspection & testing and time periods, reporting & repairs, and competence. Earthing.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 2,3 20.0 Week 6
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ 2,3 30.0 Week 12
Written Report Report on the practical laboratory 1 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory Delivery 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Laboratory Practicals 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Case Studies, Extra Reading & Study Material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory Delivery 1.0 Every Week 1.00
Lab Laboratory Practicals 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Case Studies, Extra Reading & Study Material 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Massimo Ceraolo and Davide Poli 2014, Fundamentals of Electric Power Engineering, 1 Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated [ISBN: 9781118868690]
  • Colin Bayliss and Brian Hardy 2011, Transmission and Distribution Electrical Engineering, 4 Ed., Elsevier Science & Technology [ISBN: 9780080969138]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • NSAI 2020, IS 10101: 2020 - National Rules for Electrical Installations
  • IET 2018, Requirements for Electrical Installations, IET Wiring Regulations, Eighteenth Edition, BS 7671:2018, 18 Ed.
  • Stephen W. Fardo, Dale R. Patrick 2008, Electrical Power Systems Technology, 3rd Ed., Fairmont Press [ISBN: 9781439800270]
  • Wai-Kai Chen 2004, The Electrical Engineering Handbook, 1 Ed., Elsevier Science & Technology [ISBN: 9780121709600]
  • J. Harrison 1996, The Essence of Electric Power Systems, 1st Ed., 7, Prentice Hall UK [ISBN: 0-13-397514-2]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SINEN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Instrument Engineering 6 Elective
CR_SPHYS_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 6 Elective

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