Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-372: Fundamental of Electrical Power Systems




This course introduces the fundamentals in electric energy systems which will enable you to understand current issues and challenges in electric power systems ("smart grid") and what it takes for you to have a reliable electric power supply at your house. First, the general structure of an electric power system (current and future trends) will be introduced. This includes electric power plants (renewable and non-renewable); transmission and distribution; and consumers. Then, electric power is addressed from a mathematical point of view. The mathematical formulae for AC power and models for the above mentioned elements are derived which will enable you to calculate how much power is flowing over which lines on its way from the power plant to the consumer. Maintaining the balance between generation and consumption is important to avoid catastrophic blackout events. Hence, the notion of stability and available control concepts will be introduced.

Last Modified: 2023-04-06 12:38PM

Semesters offered:

  • Fall 2023
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  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2020
  • Fall 2019
  • Fall 2018
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  • Fall 2015
  • Spring 2015
  • Fall 2014
  • Fall 2013
  • Fall 2012