Christian Franck: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Christian Franck
FieldHigh Voltage Engineering
Inst. f. El. Energieübertragung
ETH Zürich, ETL H 28
Physikstrasse 3
8092 Zürich
Award: The Golden Owl
Telephone+41 44 632 47 62
DepartmentInformation Technology and Electrical Engineering
RelationshipFull Professor

227-0117-AALHigh Voltage Engineering
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
6 credits8RC. Franck
AbstractUnderstanding of the fundamental phenomena and principles connected with the occurrence of extensive electric field strengths. This knowledge is applied to the dimensioning of equipment of electric power systems.
It is possible to attend this course if "Hochspannungstechnik I" was not taken.
ObjectiveThe students know the fundamental phenomena and principles connected with the occurrence of extensive electric field strengths. They comprehend the different mechanisms leading to the failure of insulation systems and are able to apply failure criteria on the dimensioning of high voltage components. They have the ability to identify of weak spots in insulation systems and to name possibilities for improvement. Further they know the different insulation systems and their dimensioning in practice.
Content- discussion of the field equations relevant for high voltage engineering.
- analytical and numerical solutions/solving of this equations, as well as the derivation of the important equivalent circuits for the description of the fields and losses in insulations
- introduction to kinetic theory of gases
- mechanisms of the breakdown in gaseous, liquid and solid insulations, as well as insulation systems
- methods for the mathematical determination of the electric withstand of gaseous, liquid and solid insulations
- application of the expertise on high voltage components
- excursions to manufacturers of high voltage components
Lecture notesHandouts
LiteratureA. Küchler, Hochspannungstechnik, Springer Berlin, 4. Auflage, 2017 (ISBN: 978-3662546994)
227-0117-10LExperimental Techniques6 credits4GC. Franck, H.‑J. Weber
AbstractThis lecture is an introduction to experimental and measurement techniques. The course is designed with practical relevance in mind and comprises several laboratory modules where the students perform, evaluate and document experiments. The taught topics are of relevance for all electrical engineering disciplines, in this course they are taught with examples of high-voltage engineering.
ObjectiveAt the end of this lecture, the students will be able to:
- perform basic practical laboratory experiments and record data, in particular with an oscilloscope.
- take a meaningful Lab Notebook, write a clear measurement evaluation protocol, and can estimate the accuracy and precision of the evaluated data.
- can explain the main reasons for electromagnetic interference and propose measures to avoid or reduce these interferences.
- Explain and use different methods to generate and measure high voltages and calculate basic relevant relations.
Content- Messtechnik, Messunsicherheit, Messprotokolle
- Erzeugung und Messung hoher Spannungen
- Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit
- Laborpraktika
Lecture notesVorlesungsunterlagen
LiteratureJ. Hoffmann, Taschenbuch der Messtechnik, Carl Hanser Verlag, 7. Auflage, 2015 (ISBN: 978-3446442719)
A. Küchler, Hochspannungstechnik, Springer Berlin, 4. Auflage, 2017 (ISBN: 978-3662546994)
A. Schwab, Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit, Springer Verlag, 6. Auflage, 2010 (ISBN: 978-3642166099)
227-0537-00LTechnology of Electric Power System Components6 credits4GC. Franck
AbstractBasics of the technology of important components in electric power transmission and distribution systems (primary technology).
ObjectiveAt the end of this course, the students can name the primary components of electric power systems and explain where and why they are used. For the most important components, the students can explain the working principle in detail and calculate and derive key parameters.
ContentBasic physical and engineering aspects for transmission and distribution of electric power. Limiting boundary conditions are not only electrical parameters, but also mechanical, thermal, chemical, environmental and economical aspects.
The lecture covers the most important traditional components, but also new trends and the dimensioning of components.
Parts of the lecture will be held by external experts in the field and there will be excursions to industrial companies.

The course "Multiphysics Simulations for Power Systems 227-0536-00L" is aligned with the present course and considered complementary.
Lecture notesyes
Literatureadditional literature will be available online via the teaching document repository.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture "Electric Power Transmission: System & Technology" is a prerequisite.
227-1631-20LCase Studies: Energy Systems and Technology: Part 2 Restricted registration - show details
Only for Energy Science and Technology MSc.
2 credits4GC. Franck, C. Schaffner
AbstractThis course will allow the students to get an interdisciplinary overview of the “Energy” topic. It will explore the challenges to build a sustainable energy system for the future. This will be done through the means of case studies that the students have to work on. These case studies will be provided by industry partners.
ObjectiveThe students will understand the different aspects involved in designing solutions for a sustainable future energy system. They will have experience in collaborating in interdisciplinary teams. They will have an understanding on how industry is approaching new solutions.
Lecture notesDescriptions of case studies.
247-0102-00LElectric Power Grid Systems Restricted registration - show details
Only for CAS in Applied Technology in Energy and MAS in Applied Technology.
3 credits2GC. Franck, G. Hug
AbstractThis module provides an overview over the technical operation and management of power grid systems.
ObjectiveParticipants will gain an understanding of the operation and management of power grid systems, including challenges and opportunities for future developments.
ContentFor decades, electric power grid systems remained essentially unchanged. Now, they are undergoing significant changes driven by technology. Despite or maybe even because of these changes it is important to understand the fundamental setup and workings of the electric power grid.

Participants will learn about the technical operation and management of traditional power grid systems. The fundamental equipment and mechanisms responsible for transforming and transporting electricity to end users and the concept of AC power will be explained. Typical grid connections and management and the underlying physical principles will be discussed. The opportunities for and barriers to future grid technology and systems from both an operator’s and end user’s perspective will be explored, potentially including distributed generation, microgrids/islanding, demand response, virtual power plants, etc.
Prerequisites / NoticeMAS AT participants must have successfully completed CAS 1 and 2 in order to enrol.

Non-MAS applicants must satisfy the following requirements:
- Demonstrated managerial experience working with technology companies or industries
- Good knowledge of English
- ETH recognized Master’s degree*

CAS ATE applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee of the Certificate Programme. The final decision is communicated in writing.

* For non-MAS applicants, preference may be given to applicants with technical degrees or demonstrated practical knowledge in a relevant field for the purpose of maintaining a higher level of technical discussion.