Module Title:Electrical Power Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Teaching will be conducted through lectures, practicals and problem-based learning. The Institute MLE will be used to evaluate the student's understanding of the basic concepts during each section, including using multiple choice questions. The practical sessions will be used to back up the theory.
Module Aim: To give students an understanding of aircraft electric power generation, distribution, protection and utilization, the regulation of DC and AC systems on aircraft, aircraft lighting and computer controlled maintenance systems.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the fundamental principles of power generation, distribution, protection and utilization on board aircraft.
LO2 Explain the design, construction and operation of components and subsystems that comprise aircraft electrical power systems and on board maintenance systems.
LO3 Analyse electrical and electronic circuits and calculate parameters associated with their operation and performance.
LO4 Use computer based engineering tools to design and evaluate electrical and electronic systems for aircraft.
LO5 Design, assemble, test and debug electrical and electronic circuits associated with aircraft electrical power systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Electrical Power (ATA 24)
Batteries (installation and operation, new battery technology, UAV batteries), DC power generation, AC power generation, emergency power generation, voltage regulation, frequency regulation, power distribution and utilization, power conversion (inverters, transformers and rectifiers), circuit protection, external / ground power, motors, hybrid / electric / fuel cell technology, power electronics, powertrains, electrical safety.
Lights (ATA 33)
External lighting (navigation, landing, taxiing, ice, etc.), internal lighting (cabin, cockpit, cargo, etc.), emergency lighting.
On Board Maintenance Systems (ATA 45)
Central maintenance computers, data loading system, electronic library system, printing, structure monitoring (damage tolerance monitoring, etc.).
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will sit a number of written examinations during the module comprised of MCQ, essay and calculation style questions. 1,2,3 10.00 Week 8
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete a number of practical and CAD assignments / projects during the module and write a report on each or produce a portfolio of their work. Students may also complete a practical and / or a CAD test during the module. 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final Written Exam 1,2,3 70.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.50
Practicals Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 4.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEAER_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Aerospace Engineering 5 Mandatory
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Mandatory