High Voltage Engineering (ELEC5205)


The unit provides advanced knowledge associated with high voltage engineering methods, techniques and equipment. It is divided into two sections. The first section presents fundamentals of the failure mechanisms of solid, liquid and gaseous insulation at high voltages. It also discusses consequent design principles for high-voltage equipment; of the generation of high direct, alternating and impulse voltages for testing high-voltage equipment; and of methods for monitoring and assessing the condition of high-voltage equipment such as dissolved gas analysis for oil-filled transformers and partial discharge in cables. The second section presents in detail all the high-voltage equipment and in particular underground cables, overhead transmission lines, transformers, bushings and switchgear. It finally offers asset management solutions for modern transmission and distribution electricity networks.

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Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial - Laboratory 2 hrs/week; Project Work - in class 2 hrs.


Through semester assessment (60%) Final Exam (40%)


P Gill/Electrical Power Equipment Maintenance and Testing/1st/1998/0-8247-9907-0// F Kiessling, P Nefzger, JF Nolasco and U Kaintzyk/Overhead Power Lines, Planning, Design and Construction/1st/2003/3-540-00297-9// H Gremmel and G Kopatsch/Switchgear Manual/11th/2006/3-589-24112-8//

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(ELEC3203 OR ELEC9203 OR ELEC5732) AND (ELEC3206 OR ELEC9206 OR ELEC5734)

The following previous knowledge is assumed for this unit. Circuit analysis techniques, electricity networks, power system fundamentals.

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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.