18-862   Control of Grid-Connected Machines & Converters

Location: Africa

Units: 12

Semester Offered: Fall

Course discipline


Course concentration

Energy (Kigali)

Intelligent Physical Systems (Pittsburgh)

Course description

Electric machines are the backbone of power systems and any production process in the world. However, if uncontrolled or uncoordinated, they cause blackouts. Converters for renewables and electric vehicles are also challenging engineers to revisit and revise electric machine analysis and control. This course offers a classically-based, yet forward-looking understanding of electric machines, converters, their operation, control, and applications in vehicular technology and distributed generation, as well as their effects at a system level. 

Learning objectives

Students in the course will examine how to:

  • Derive dynamic models for power system elements
  • Design electric vehicle motor and battery converter controls
  • Select control parameters for each type of device to better serve secure power system operation


Students will gain an appreciation of how to elaborate and revise grid codes in response to technological advances and sector transformation. They will gain skills that enable them to analyze power system stability phenomena, identify contributing factors, and recommend how to mitigate them.

Content details

  • Vector controls
  • Park Transformation
  • Induction and synchronous machine modeling and control
  • Power system stability
  • Grid code
  • Blackouts


Undergraduate course in electric circuits or linear systems or permission from the instructor.


Barry Rawn