EI3232 High Voltage Engineering - Advanced Level, PhD Course 8.0 credits

Högspänningsteknik - avancerad nivå, doktorandkurs

The course is an advanced course on high-voltage technology and electrical insulating materials.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (8.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Hans Edin <edin@kth.se>

Information for research students about course offerings

The course is given when there is sufficient demand. Please contact the examiner if you are interested in taking the course.

Intended learning outcomes

  • describe the principles behind generating high DC-, AC- and impulse voltages
  • develop equivalent circuit models of the different high voltage generators
  • perform a dynamic response analysis of high voltage measurement systems
  • compute the breakdown strength of gas-filled insulation systems with simple geometries
  • approximately judge the breakdown strength of contaminated liquids and solids.
  • describe the principles for measurement of capacitance and dielectric loss
  • discuss ageing of electrical insulation from measurements of complex permittivity
  • compute the complex permittivity from the dielectric response function and vice versa.
  • discuss the measuremet principles behind partial discharges
  • compute phase resolved partial discharge patterns from simple models

Course main content

The course contains the basic theories and the most important experminetal methods of high voltage engineering.

Generation of high voltages. Cockroft-Walton cascade rectifier. Transformer cascade. Marx generator for impulse voltages. High voltage dividers. High voltage test technique. Electrical breakdown strength of gaseous, liquid and solid insulation. Dielectric properties of electrical insulation. Complex permittivity and dielectric response functions. Kramers-Kronig relations. Insulation diagnostics. Dielectric spectroscopy. Partial discharges.

Two projects are included that treats measurements of high voltages and diagnostics of electrical insulation. Three laboratory exercises are included plus experimental tasks in the projects. Three non-compulsory assignments treat the theoretical aspects. Two study tours are usually offered. In the end of the course there is a written exam.


Two projects, 3 home assignments, 3 laboratory excercises, 1 written examination and 2 study tours


MSc in electrical engineering, physical engineering or similar



  • EXA1 - Examination, 8.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

This course is run at the same time as EI2430 - High Voltage Engineering, special project tasks are given to PhD students. Minimum grade B on examination. Minimum 3 out of 6 credits on homework assignments, approved projects with minimum 4 out of 6 bonus credits.

Offered by

EECS/Electromagnetic Engineering


Hans Edin <edin@kth.se>


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