Automation of Power Systems
FSI-LREAcad. year: 2020/2021
The course is intended to explain the following topics: attributes of current automation, branched control loops, models of heat power plant technology, regulation circuits of boilers, steam turbines, electric distribution systems, regulation of nuclear reactors and equipments used for automatic control.
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge of automation problems of power plants, control loops structures and instrument components for automation.
Students are expected to have knowledge of automatic control.
Recommended optional programme components
Recommended or required reading
Němec, Z.: Regulace a automatizace energetických zařízení. Studijní opora pro magisterské studium. VUT v Brně, FSI, ÚAI, 2012. Dostupné z
Ibler,Z. a kol.: Technický průvodce energetika. Praha, BEN, 2002.
Balátě, J.: Technické prostředky automatického řízení. [on-line text 1.10.2019: http://utb.tsx.cz/Technicke_prostredky_automatickeho_rizeni.PDF]. (CS)
Balátě,J.: Automatické řízení. Praha, BEN, 2003.
Kolcun, M; Griger, V. Riadenie prevádzky elektrizačních sústav. Mercury-Smékal, 2003. ISBN 80-89061-76-1, 288 s.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.
Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes
Course-unit credit requirements: participation in seminars.
Examination requirements: the basic part is written and covers 12 answers related to the topics of the course.
Language of instruction
Course objective: To acquaint students with automation power systems, functions and solutions of control circuits and equipments of automatic control.
Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences
Attendance at lectures is recommended, attendance at seminars is required. It is at the teacher’s discretion to decide how to make up for missed seminars.
Classification of course in study plans
Type of course unit
26 hours, optionally
Teacher / Lecturer
1.Introduction, basic terms, history, attribute of present automation
2.Control circuits, multiloop control circuits, components of control circuits
3.Thermal power plant unit, models of subsystems
4.Steam boiler regulation, main control loops
5.Nuclear reactor regulation, reactor kinetics, reactor as a controlled system, main control loops, methods of nuclear power plant control
6.Steam turbine regulation, requirements according to turbine types
7.Control of electricity supply system, primary and secondary regulation
8.Automatic control equipments, sensors, data bus, compact governors, programmable logic controllers
9.Large control systems.
13 hours, compulsory
Teacher / Lecturer
Computer laboratory: -Mathematical models of thermal and water power plant and subsystems – computer simulation of control procedures, defectives states, control tuning.
Control technology laboratory: - demonstration of sensors, analog and digital controllers, actuators – demonstration of programmable logic controllers, - demonstration of .regulated drive.
eLearning: currently opened course