EI2436 Power Grid Technology and Substation Design 6.0 credits

Elnätsteknologi och ställverkskonstruktion

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Electrical Engineering
  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Course offerings

Autumn 19 TELPM, TIETM for programme students

Autumn 18 TELPM, TIETM for programme students

Autumn 18 Doktorand for single courses students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (3.0 credits), P2 (3.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places *

    Max. 1

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Hans Edin <edin@kth.se>

  • Teacher

    Hans Edin <edin@kth.se>

  • Target group

    For doctoral students at KTH

Intended learning outcomes

After fulfilment of all course requirements, the student should be able to

  •  describe the puropose, need, principle function and design of different power components
  •  make mathematical models that can be used for calculation of:
    • propagation of over-voltage transients in the power system.
    • transient and stationary short-circuit currents and related induced overvoltages for different fault situations.
    • transient overvoltages and currents in different connection/disconnection situations.

The models should be applicable on linear as well as non-linear systems and components, as for example treatment of surge arresters and magnetic cores.

  • transient voltage distributions in components of distributed nature like transformer windings and cables.
  • describe different type of neutral groundings
  • describe different methods for overvoltage protection
  • calculate different probabilities that a certain overvoltage cause breakdown (insulation coordination)
  • understard which properties that has an impact on the reliability, availiability and life-time of the power components
  • present an overview of possible stresses on power components and understand the relation between stresses, dimensioning (thermal, electrical, ambient and mechanical) and material selection.

One should know how the power components are affected by their surrounding environment and vice versa.

One should have some insight in the laws, regulations and standards that affects the design of a power system.

  • discuss the most common mechanisms behind long-term ageing of power apparatuse and propose diagnostic methods that can be used in order to detect the ageing.

Course main content

The electric power system: from producer to consumer – an historical overview and technical progress

Principles behind power transmission with high voltage alternating currents (HVAC) and high voltage direct currents (HVDC)

The design of a power system, required components, their principle function and design

Laws, regulations and standards behind a power system

Substations and switchyards

Komponenter: brytare, frånskiljare, reaktorer, kondensatorer, avledare, luftledningar, kablar, kraftelektronik, transformatorer (kraft och mät), generatorer, likriktare, FACTS, isolatorer, genomföringar etc.

Components: breakers, disconnectors, reactors, capacitors, surge arresters, overhead lines, cables, power electronics, transformers (power, measurement), generators, rectifiers, FACTS, insulators, bushing, etc.

Insulation and isolators: Free air, GIS, solids etc.

Calculation models for transient conditions, connection/disconnection, lightning- and switching overvoltages, fault currents, oscillations and resonances

Neutral grounding

Relay protection

Measuremet equipment


120 hp and English B or equivalent.

EJ 1200 Electric power system or similar.

Recommended prerequisites

Basic courses in electrical engineering. EJ1200 Electrical Power Systems or equivalent. Documented proficiency in english corresponding to Eng B.


Preliminär kurslitteratur:

Kurspärm, "Power grid technology and substation design"

Utdrag ur handböcker


Konferens- och tidskriftsartiklar

The final course literature is decided at latest 4 weeks before course start and is informed on the course homepage and by e-mail to registered students.


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TENA - Examination, 4.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Minimum grade E on TEN A and Pass (P) on PRO 1

Offered by

EECS/Electrical Energy Engineering


Hans Edin


Hans Edin <edin@kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.