Carnegie Mellon University

Electrical and Computer Engineering

College of Engineering

Course Information

18-883C4: Special Topics in Energy Systems: Electric Power Distribution Analysis




The wide penetration of renewable and other distributed energy resources at the distribution level of power systems, makes this part of the grid of particular interest and very challenging to operate. This course focuses on analyzing electrical distribution grid with approximate and exact methods, so as to determine the power losses and the voltage profile of a distribution feeder. At the end of the course the student will be able to:

(i) Design approximate feeder loading models,
(ii) Calculate the three-phase representation of overhead lines,
(iii) Understand the operation of voltage regulators,
(iv) Use the Backward/forward (BW/FW) technique for the balanced and unbalanced power flow analyses of distribution systems.


Prerequisites: 18-372 or 19472

Last Modified: 2018-11-05 12:13PM

Current session:

This course is currently being offered.

Semesters offered:

  • Spring 2019