Course detail

Electrical Power Distribution

FEKT-BPA-DEEAcad. year: 2020/2021

Essential problems of power distribution. Methods of solution of the steady states of distribution networks. Identification of characteristic values of short circuits for both symmetrical and asymmetrical failures.

Nabízen zahradničním studentům

Všech fakult

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The students get the basic facts about power distribution.
The students pass out the course are able to:
- describe basic division of power system and their separate parts
- list and describe fundamental parameters of the power network elements and enumeration of basic dependencies of these parameters
- give details of aspect of power network design and verification
- calculate the power network steady state on low and middle voltage levels and current and voltage conditions on the ultra high voltage lines
- design cross-section of line or limited power network based on power losses or voltage drop
- explain principles of parallel and serial compensations
- named type of short-circuits for symmetrical and nonsymmetrical failures
- calculate characteristic values of short circuit current for specified point in power network
- expertly estimate the value ranges of the basic calculated quantity


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required, mainly ability to operate with goniometrical functions, complex numbers, understanding in area of The circuit theory with focus on steady state of circuit and three-phase systems. The successful completion of courses BPC-MA1B, BPC-VMP, BPC-MA2, BPC-FYZ1A, BPC-FYZ2, BPC-EL1 and BPC-EL2 are also required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

SAADAT, H. Power system analysis. 3rd ed. United States of America: PSA Publishing, 2010, xix, 752 s. ISBN 978-0-9845438-0-9. (EN)
BLAŽEK, V., SKALA, P.: Electrical Power Distribution, 2006.VUT v Brně, 2003 (EN)
KERSTING, W. H. Distribution system modeling and analysis. 3rd ed. Boca Raton: Taylor & Francis, c2012, xv, 439 p. ISBN 978-1-4398-5622-2. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations. Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to write specified number of laboratory protocols during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course is evaluated by student’s activity in the lessons and it is finished by exam valuation. The exam has practical and theoretical part
Students can obtain:
up to 40 points from tutorial lessons (tests and protocols from laboratory exercise)
up to 60 points from the exam (30 points practical part and 30 points theoretical part). The exam is focused to verify the student understanding of the area power distribution.
Detailed requirements for completion of a course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated every year.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Basic terms
2. Equivalent networks replacing the power system (PS) elements and their parameters.
3. Basic aspects for design of electrical network
- power losses
- voltage drop
4. High and low voltage networks
- simple three-phase lines
- meshed three-phase networks
- single-phase lines and DC lines
5. Parallel and serial compensation
6. Very high voltage networks
- PS elements modeling by two-port network
7. Ratio values in three-phase systems
8. Short circuit currents and their impact on the PS elements
9. Mathematical modelling of PS when calculating the characteristic values of short circuit currents for symmetrical failures
10. Characteristic values of short circuit currents calculation for asymmetrical failures


To let the students make familiar with basic problems of power distribution.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPA-ELE Bachelor's

    specialization BPA-PSA , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    specialization BPA-ECT , 3. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Fundamentals seminar

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Exercise in computer lab

2 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course