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ME40388: Electric propulsion systems

[Page last updated: 03 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
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 1
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
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 construction and operating principles motors, drives and batteries and their controllers
* Explain the importance of mechanical design in electrical components for propulsion applications
* Interpret vehicle requirements in order to select appropriate propulsion technologies for a specific application
* Examine the basic performance characteristics of electric propulsion components from raw performance data
* Contrast the merits and drawbacks of different electric propulsion technologies.

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.

* Problem Solving,
* Numeracy,
* Working independently,
* independent study,
* Laboratory work.

Content: 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:

ME40388 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)


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