TET4215 - Power System Protection and Control


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Project
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Project 100/100

Course content

The main objective of the course is to provide advanced knowledge the principles and schemes for protecting power lines, transformers, buses, generators and introduces the fundamentals of wide-area monitoring and control (SCADA and EMS). It also briefly provides introduction to communication within digital substations (IEC 61850). The course provides in-depth guidelines for relay protection and setting calculation. It also reviews power system faults and instrument transformers. Throughout the course, students will have an opportunity to be exposed to the power system laboratory to learn more about different applications regarding power system protection by using commercial IEDs (Intelligent Electronic Device). It will facilitate to get skills for calculating settings and testing of protection operation conditions.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing this course the candidate shall understand the following items: - Identify the challenges and solutions to industrial power system protection problems.

- Select the appropriate protection schemes for various applications.

- Analyze power system faults for balanced and unbalanced conditions.

- Gain knowledge about signal processing techniques needed for power system protection.

- Describe current and voltage transformers and their impact on protection scheme performance. - Identify, apply, and calculate settings for overcurrent, directional overcurrent, distance, differential and pilot protection schemes.

- Identify, apply, and calculate settings for power lines, transformer, generator and bus bar protection schemes. - Understand the main functions of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management System (EMS).

- Identify and apply wide-area monitoring and control (and protection) schemes.

- Research within digitalization of protection

Skills: After completing this course the candidate should be able to:

- Investigate current and voltage transformers and its impact on protection principles.

- Perform power system analysis subject to symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults.

- Connect secondary current and voltage circuits or relay protections.

- Select proper sets of relays and to measure characteristics of protection.

- Calculate relay settings and test this in different operating conditions.

- Use relay instruments and equipment in the laboratory.

General competence: After completing the course, the candidate must have increased his / her abilities for:

- collaboration and interdisciplinary collaboration in laboratory groups.

- to communicate effectively with both professionals and non-specialists through reports and presentations.

- to contribute to innovation and innovation processes.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, compulsory exercises, compulsory laboratory. The course is given in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

The assessment is based on practical exercises, laboratory work - submitting lab reports during the semester, and project work at the end of semester with report sumission.

Final grading will be for the project work only based on the grading scale from A to F.

Course materials

Lecture slides / notes and manuals for device / equipment operation (in English) will be available on Blackboard.

Recommended text book:

Protective Relaying Principles and Applications, J. Lewis Blackburn & Thomas J. Domin, 4th Ed, CRC Press, © 2014.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electrical Power Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of electric energy


Examination arrangement: Project

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Project 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
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