Introduction to Power Electronics

Course Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the role of Power Electronics as enabling technology in various applications such as flexible production systems, energy conservation, renewable energy, transportation, etc.
  2. Identify a switching power-pole as the basic building block and to use Pulse Width Modulation to synthesize the desired output.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Using the average model of the building block, quickly simulate the dynamic performance of dc-dc converters and compare them with their switching counterparts.
  6. Design controllers for dc-dc converters in voltage and peak-current mode.
  7. 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.
  8. Design the single-phase power factor correction (PFC) circuits to draw sinusoidal currents at unity power factor.
  9. Learn basic magnetic concepts, analyze transformer-isolated switch-mode power supplies and design high-frequency inductors and transformers.
  10. Learn basic concepts of soft-switching and their applications to dc-dc converters, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and induction heating.
  11. Learn the requirements imposed by electric drives (dc and ac) on converters and synthesize these converters using the building block approach.
  12. Understand, simulate and design single-phase and three-phase thyristor converters.
  13. Learn the role of Power Electronics in utility-related applications which are becoming extremely important.


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

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

Complete Solution Manual for the "Power Electronics: A First Course" To receive a copy of the entire solutions manual, contact John Wiley & Sons and register as a faculty member.   

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Hardware Lab for Power Electronics

  • Power Electronics Lab Manual ( Coming Soon)
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    WBG Based Lab

List of Experiments: 

  1. Si and GaN power-device characteristics
  2. Buck converter
  3. Boost converter
  4. Buck-boost converter
  5. Digital voltage mode control
  6. Digital current mode control
  7. Flyback converter
  8. Forward converter
  9. Full-bridge converter
  10. Single-phase DC-AC inverter
  11. Three-phase DC-AC inverter

PSpice-based Lab for Power Electronics

PLECS-based Lab for Power Electronics