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ME50378: Electric propulsion

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 25%, EX 75%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 25%)
  • Exam (EX 75%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
This unit provides an introduction into electric propulsion, covering the high-level drivers of electric propulsion, three specialist sections on motors, power electronics and energy storage and a final section on practical aspects of electric propulsion component design.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Explain the key performance characteristics of electric propulsion system components
* Describe the operating principles of motors, drives and batteries and their controllers
* Examine the basic performance characteristics of electric propulsion components from raw performance data
* Contrast the merits and drawbacks of different electric propulsion technologies for specific applications.


* Problem Solving
* Numeracy
* Working independently
* Independent study
* Laboratory work
* Scientific Writing.


* Introduction to electric propulsion and vehicle architectures
* Electric machines design and performance
* Power Electronics and machine drives
* Energy storage system (chemistries, mechanical design and monitoring)
* Electrical propulsion system safety.

Programme availability:

ME50378 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • TEME-AFM31 : MSc Automotive Engineering with Electric Propulsion


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