autumn 2023
ELE-3608 Advanced Electric Drives - 5 ECTS

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single course. Students belonging to Master in Electrical Engineering are prioritised, while other students can sign up provided available laboratory and lecturer capacity.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate Bachelor degree in Engineering program in power electronics and electrical machines. Basic knowledge in power systems is also an advantage.

In addition, the following requirements must be met:

- minimum 25 credits in mathematics (equivalent to Mathematical Methods 1, 2 og 3), 5 credits in statistics and 7,5 ects i physics on a higher level is required.

Application code: 9371

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

STE6225 Electrical Machines and Power Electronics 2 5 ects

Course content

The course will describe the design, operation, and control of advanced electric drives by the use of power electronic converters.The emphasis is on control algorithms and dynamic operating characteristics of electrical machines. Electric transportation (vehicles, ships, aircrafts) will be used as application of electric drives throughout the course. Laboratory experiments is a central and integrated part of the course.

Course content:

  • Load modelling of mechanical and electric systems
  • Dynamic operating characteristics
  • Induction machines, PMSM, BLDC and reluctance machines
  • Advanced control strategies of AC drives based on vector control and direct torque control.
  • Regenerative motor drives
  • Sensorless control

Recommended prerequisites

ELE-3606 Control Engineering, ELE-3607 Power Electronics, ELE-3612 Instrumentation and Measuring Systems, MAT-3800 Linear Algebra II, MAT-3801 Numerical Methods

Objectives of the course

After passing this course, the student shall have the following learning outcome:


  • The candidate will have an insight in rotating electrical machines and their application
  • The candidate can explain the functionality of power converters for motor drives
  • The candidate knows how to use simulation software such as MATLAB to support all phases from specification to design of power electronic controlled drives
  • The candidate has knowledge on using scientific instruments and rapid prototyping systems in developing control algorithms


  • The candidate will be able to design drive systems based on engineering requirements
  • The candidate can create mathematical load models of mechanical and electric systems
  • The candidate can create simulation models of power electronic converters, control algorithms and mechanical systems with application to electric drives
  • The candidate can apply advanced control algorithms and strategies to control motor drives in a laboratory environment
  • The candidate can design and select components for power electronic systems based on mechanical and electric system requirement specifications

General competence:

  • The candidate will gain competence in modern design activity in the field of industrial electronics related to drives
  • The candidate will gain competence in the technology behind electric transport

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises and laboratory work.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange student who meets the admission requirements. Please see the Admission requirements" section".

Master Level

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Weighting: Duration: Grade scale:
Oral exam 12.10.2023–14.10.2023 45 Minutes A–E, fail F
Oral exam 45 Minutes A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Exercises Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

  • 4 (out of 4) approved exercises

More info about the oral exam

The final grade is based on an individual oral exam.

Re-sit examination

Re-sit oral exam will be arranged if any candidate received grade F in the previous ordinary exam.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Narvik |
  • ECTS: 5
  • Course code: ELE-3608
  • Earlier years and semesters for this topic