Module Title:Electrical Power Systems
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Teaching will be conducted through lectures, practicals and problem-based learning. The practical sessions will be used to reinforce the concepts learned throughout the course
Module Aim: To provide students with knowledge and understanding of aircraft electric power generation, distribution, protection, regulation and utilization.
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.
LO3 Analyse electrical and electronic circuits and calculate parameters associated with their operation and performance.
LO4 Evaluate electrical and electronic systems for aircraft using computer based engineering tools
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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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Types of batteries, voltage and current ratings, construction, installation, operation, capacity and discharge rates, series, parallel connections.
DC Power Generation
Generator principles, commutation, armature reaction and losses, practical DC generators, generator classification, series, shunt, compound wound.
AC Power Generation
Single-phase alternator, three-phase alternator, alternator construction, alternator ratings, compound generator, emergency power generation, auxiliary power unit.
Power Distribution and Utilization
Busbars, load categorization, load sharing, paralleling generators, circuit protection.
Power Conversion and Regulation
Inverters, transformers, rectifiers, AC & DC voltage regulation, current regulation, frequency regulation.
More Electric Aircraft
No bleed systems, hybrid, electric, fuel cell technology, DC & AC motors, synchronous and induction motors.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will be assessed periodically to gauge their understanding and knowledge of the material. 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will complete a number of practical tasks and CAD assignments during the module. Students will write a report or produce a portfolio of their work. Students may also complete a practical and/or a CAD test during the module. 3,4,5 40.00 Every Second Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Final Written Exam 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EEACS_D Bachelor of Engineering in Aircraft Systems 5 Mandatory