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First Course on Power Electronics

Course Learning Objectives 

  1. Describe the role of Power Electronics as an enabling technology in various applications such as flexible production systems, energy conservation, renewable energy, transportation etc.
  1. Identify a switching power-pole as the basic building block and to use Pulse Width Modulation to synthesize the desired output.
  2. Design the switching power-pole using the available power semiconductor devices, their drive circuitry and driver ICs and heat sinks. You will be able to model these in PSpice.
  3. Learn the basic concepts of operation of dc-dc converters in steady state in continuous and discontinuous modes and be able to analyze basic converter topologies.
  4. Using the average model of the building block, quickly simulate the dynamic performance of dc-dc converters and compare them with their switching counterparts.
  5. Design controllers for dc-dc converters in voltage and peak-current mode.
  6. Design, using simulations, the interface between the power electronics equipment and single-phase and three-phase utility using diode rectifiers and analyze the total harmonic distortion.
  7. Design the single-phase power factor correction (PFC) circuits to draw sinusoidal currents at unity power factor.
  8. Learn basic magnetic concepts, analyze transformer-isolated switch-mode power supplies and design high-frequency inductors and transformers.
  9. Learn basic concepts of soft-switching and their applications to dc-dc converters, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and induction heating.
  10. Learn the requirements imposed by electric drives (dc and ac) on converters and synthesize these converters using the building block approach.
  11. Understand, simulate and design single-phase and three-phase thyristor converters.
  12. Learn the role of Power Electronics in utility-related applications which are becoming extremely important.

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Slides for Video Clips 

Course Video Clips 

The following video files are in .mov format. You will need the QuickTime player to watch these videos.

Textbook 

Power Electronics: A First Course
Author: Mohan
ISBN: 1118074807     9781118074800
Publisher: Wiley

Reference:
Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design, 3rd Edition
Authors: Mohan, Undeland and Robbins
ISBN: 978-0-471-22693-2
Publisher: Wiley

Labs 

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Power Electronics Advanced Power Electronics I Advanced Power Electronics II

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