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Variable Frequency AC Drives

Programme Summary

Major: 13.04.02 Power Industry and Electrical Engineering

Degree: Master

Course units:

  1. Introduction. Key concepts and definitions. Up-to-date AC drives and their prospective development. Frequency converters in electric drives. Aims and structure of the course.
  2. Electromechanical properties of an induction motor with an open-loop frequency control system and with scalar controls
  3. Study of induction drive vector control systems
  4. Study of synchronous variable frequency motor drives

Course contents:

  1. Up-to-date variable frequency AC drives: General information;
  2. Theoretical and practical skills of selecting, calculating and setting up components of up-to-date variable frequency AC drives;
  3. Theoretical and practical skills of tuning up control systems used in up-to-date variable frequency AC drives.


  1. Teacher-led group activities in a classroom;
  2. Extracurricular self-study of the teacher’s assignments and tasks, including the use of educational facilities (obligatory);
  3. Office-hours.

Total hours – 288

Total points – 8

Laboratory classes – 48

Midterm assessment – Examination

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