SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624687
Module Leader Babakalli Alkali
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

-55 This module examines various aspects of power plant generation, commissioning, maintenance and reliability. An understanding of the concepts on power generation, commissioning, maintenance and reliability will be developed. Appropriate analytical techniques will be imparted to the students and they will be encouraged to develop skills to apply them to power plant generation, commissioning and maintenance. Methods to compute power system reliability with redundancy will be developed. Reliability of power grid systems and statistical methods of load forecasting will be developed. In addition, these skills will also be applied for reliability assessment and evaluation for the GCC countries grid. (case studies)


The taught syllabus will cover the following areas: Overview Of Interconnected Power Systems General requirements of power system, description of plant (generators, pilot-plants, operation procedures, lines, cables, transformers, switches, reactors, motors, etc), integration and interconnection of systems. Plant: Diesel and Gas based generating stations, Thermal and Nuclear generating stations: Major components of generating stations, basic functions and operations including turbines, condenser, cooling towers, environment, examples of typical generating stations with their capacities and energy flow diagrams, general and specific operation, shut down and maintenance aspects. Commissioning Management And Maintenance: Commissioning Objectives, commissioning, Pre-energisation Inspection, Off-load commissioning tests, Post-commissioning inspection, good commissioning practices Maintenance And Fault Investigations: Maintenance strategies, Maintenance periodicity, Maintenance records, Fault investigation techniques, Maintenance management, Predictive and Preventive maintenance Commissioning And Maintenance Practices Fundamental aspects of Power system theory Circuit Breakers: Design, Circuit-breaker types, Oil Circuit Breaker, Air-blast circuit breaker, SF 6 Circuit breaker, Commissioning of Circuit Breaker, Circuit Breaker Timing Tests, Maintenance of Circuit Breakers Power Transformer: Construction, Transformer on load, Parallel Operation of Transformers, Winding Arrangements, Oil Considerations, Commissioning of Power Transformers, Commissioning tests, Vector group test, Transformer Maintenance, Causes of Transformer failures, Transformer Oil Testing, NN test, Ift test, Myers Index Number, Classification of Transformer Oil, Sludge formation, Dealing with Bad Oil Under Ground And Overhead Lines: Cables, Types of cables, Commissioning Tests on Cables, Cable Maintenance, Overhead-Line maintenance, Machines In Power Plant-Alternator: Construction, Brief operational aspects, Synchronous Generator on load, Parallel operation of alternator, Commissioning and Maintenance aspects of Alternators, Acceptance tests, (Steady-state) performance tests, Parameter estimation tests Reliability Concepts: Failure rate, outage, MTBF, MTTR, Series and Parallel systems, Redundancy, System reliability, Reliability measurements, reliability aids, Markov Process theory, Probabilistic generation and Load Models, Reliability Block Diagrams. Reliability Evaluation: Techniques and Methods, Computation of fault rates and average repair times for power system equipment, Customer Interruption and Customer hours lost; reliability evaluation of interconnected system.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Develop an outline design for a reliable power generation system (AM1)2. Explain the procedures for power plant commissioning.(AM1)3. Develop maintenance strategies and procedures for power plant after commissioning.(AM1)4. Assess the reliability of HV circuit breakers in power systems.(AM1)5. Analyse an electrical power plant system to determine component and overall system reliability in both stand-alone and interconnected systems. (AM1,AM7,AM8)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Study pack, study area in design, lectures and tutorials, guest lecturers from industry, Industrial visits to power stations, web based resources are the sources for learning the module. The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on topics related to Power Plant Commissioning & Maintenance. Tutorials will be used to reinforced the module material and to discuss the issues raised by the directed reading.

Indicative Reading

-360 1. Keith Harker, Power Systems Commissioning and Maintenance Practice , IEE Press, 1998 2. Roy Billinton, Ronald N Allan, Reliability Evaluation of Power Systems , Springer,2nd Edition. 3. Charles I. Hubert, Operating, Testing, and Preventive Maintenance of Electrical Apparatus , by, Prentice Hall, 2003 4. Geoff KlempnerandIsidorKerszenbaum, Operation & Maintenance of Large Turbo-Generators , Willey-IEEE Press, 2004. Patrick D.T. O'Connar, Practical Reliability Engineering , John Wiley & Sons, 2002.

Transferrable Skills

Technical literacy, problem solving -independent learning- communication- enhance study and research skills- self-learning skills- interpersonal/team skills -practical skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (PT) 100.00
Lectures (PT) 56.00
Tutorials (PT) 56.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Assessment (PT) 16.00
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam:3 hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen Test: 1 hour 30 minutes
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assignment- Case study : 2000 words