EEL 6273 – Power System Stability and Control



Professor Osama A. Mohammed, Ph.D., Fellow IEEE
Director, Energy Systems Research Laboratory
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Florida International University
Office: EC- 3983
Telephone:  305 348-3040  Fax:  305 348-3707
Course Website:


Class Time and Office Hours:

Thursdays 5:00-7:30 PM, Office Hours Fridays 4:00-5:00 PM

Prerequisite: EEL 4215 or permission of Instructor

Text and notes and Software:

  1. Power Systems Stability and Control, Edited by Leonard L. Grigsby, CRC Press, Second Edition 2007. This book will be used as a reference book.
  2. Selected lecture notes by Prof. Mohammed and other demonstration material and examples will be made available to students and at the above Website.
  3. Free Software package will be made available to students.

Laboratory Facilities:

Demonstrations will be conducted on various topics at the Smart Grid Test-bed

Course Topics:

This advanced power systems analysis course will include the following topics:

  • Alternate Energy Grid Integration Issues (Energy Storage including Electric/plug-in- hybrid vehicles, solar resource, photovoltaic materials and systems, wind energy, fuel cells, bio-fuels)
  • Distributed Generation Technologies and the Economics of Distributed Resources in power system stability and control.
  • Introduction to Phasor measurements and Smart Grid Integration Issues ( this topic will involve; generator protection and monitoring, wide area protection control and monitoring, power system communications, information processing, information security, protection system reliability and testing, substation protection control and monitoring system design and there will be an introduction to FERC regulatory overview)
  • Formulation of the power system stability problem (Generator models for system stability, Transient Stability and Dynamic operation, Stability Criteria)
  • Longer term stability and static and dynamic security assessments
  • Introduction to Power systems controls, multi area control and automatic generation control.
  • Case studies and applications

Course Objectives:

  1. Introduce students to practical alternate Energy grid integration issues
  2. Introduce students to distributed generation technologies and their impacts on power system stability and control.
  3. Introduction to new technologies of Phasor measurements and smart grid integration issues
  4. Discuss methods for power system stability and control
  5. Identify component models for system stability and study transient stability issues and their solution techniques
  6. Formulate the transient stability for large scale systems and study of power system control and multi area control
  7. Involve students in a practical power systems stability and control through the term project.

Who Should Take This Course?

  1. FIU Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Students
  2. Students at other Universities in Florida or out of State.
  3. Engineers and technical personnel in Industry preparing for Engineering License.
  4. Engineers and technical staff who want to keep current and reach a deep understanding of power system analysis and design concepts.
  5. Electric Utility managers and supervisors looking for continued training.
  6. Engineering contractors and consultants for familiarities with electric utility operation.

Assistance: Please try to see Dr. Mohammed during his listed office hours or through the communication forum on the web page. If this proves impossible, a personal appointment should arranged by calling the above phone number or the ECE department secretary at extension (305-348-2807).

Abscence: Class attendance is very important and is considered in your overall performance in the course. Students are responsible for all material covered in that class.

IMPORTANT RULE: Students are encouraged to discuss the course topics with the professor and with each other. Any work submitted (Homework, Tests, projects, etc.) should be pledged and signed as the students’ own work, and that there is no any unauthorized help was obtained. Violators will be subject to academic misconduct which might lead to dismissal from the university.

Grading Policy: All tests and final exam will be identified as open or closed book/notes. Homework will be assigned regularly, collected and graded. Efforts in homework indicate that you are studying and caring about the course and therefore can have a great impact on your final grade. Time for the mid-term will be announced one week in advance. Any work submitted must be neat and detailed for partial marks. Preferably your take home assignments and projects should be typed. Computer simulation assignments should treated as detailed engineering reports with discussion of results. Your final grade will be calculated as follows:


Homework 20%
Mid-term 25%
Project/Case studies 25%
Final Exam 30%
Total 100%




Class and Term Project:

A good practical experience. During the semester you will be assigned projects. All projects will be individually assigned to students and will involve simulation, analysis, design and discussion of sample power systems involving power system operation, stability and control. Demonstration projects will require research and analysis by the students. Formal presentations will be identified and will require professional execution to show the student’s understanding.  Final presentation (oral and written) of the overall final project results will be required. Students are encouraged to discuss their projects with the instructor.