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High Voltage Technology - Fundamentals

Module EI8030

This Module is offered by Associate Professorship of High Voltage Engineering and Switchgear Technology (Prof. Koch).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2020/1 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1WS 2015/6WS 2012/3

Basic Information

EI8030 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Generation and measurement of high voltages, electrostatic fields and field stress control, electrical breakdown in gases, breakdown in solid and liquid dielectrics, flashover along interphases, partial discharges, transients on transmission lines

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module students are able to apply the relevant knowledge concerning the generation and measurement of high AC, DC and impulse voltages. Electric field distributions can be calculated. The discharge processes in gaseous, liquid and solid dielectrics as well as partial discharge processes are understood and travelling wave phenomena can be analyzed. Thus, the students are able to design and test high voltage insulation systems and apparatus.


The following modules should have been passed successfully:
No special requirements

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VI 4 High Voltage Technology - Fundamentals Koch, M. Millisterfer, M. Peiß, M. Tue, 11:30–13:00, N1203
Tue, 15:00–15:45, N1203
Tue, 15:45–16:30, N1203

Learning and Teaching Methods

In addition to the lectures there will be tutorials. Several relevant methods such as different simulations and models (e.g. field distribution in high voltage bushing, dimensioning of high voltage generators and calculation of the impulse voltage curve) will be used in order to solve the exercises by means of calculation. The applied method of teaching is to deliver lectures and to assist in solving exercises.


The following media will be applied:
- Presentations
- Script/ handout
- Exercises as download


The following text books are recommended:
- Kuffel, E.; Zaengl, W.S., Kuffel, J.: High Voltage Engineering: Fundamentals, Elsevier Science 2000
- Arora, R.; Mosch W.: High Voltage and Electrical Insulation Engineering, Wiley 2011

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Students demonstrate their ability to dimension high AC, DC and impulse voltage generators and measurement devices, to calculate electric field distribution in technical arrangements, to explain discharge mechanisms in gaseous, liquid and solid dielectrics and to explain and analyze partial discharge phenomena in electrical insulations and travelling wave phenomena on electrical lines in the course of a written exam (60 min).

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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