14:332:460 Power Electronics

Course Catalog Description: 

14:332:460 Power Electronics (3)
Principles of power electronics. Including understanding of power semiconductor devices, passive components, basic switching circuits, AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC converters and their applications.

Pre-Requisite Courses: 


Pre-Requisite by Topic: 

1. Electrical circuit theory
2. Semiconductor devices
3. Basic electromagnetic theory

Textbook & Materials: 

I. Batarseh, Power Electronics Circuits, Wiley, 2004


1. N. Mohan, T. Undeland, W. Robbins, Power Electronics, Wiley, 3rd Edition, 2003
2. M. Rashid, Power Electronics, Prentice-Hall, 3rd Edition, 2003

Overall Educational Objective: 

1. To introduce students the basic theory of power semiconductor devices and passive components, their practical application in power electronics.
2. To familiarize the operation principle of AC-DC, DC-DC, DC-AC conversion circuits and their applications.
3. To provide the basis for further study of power electronics circuits and systems.

Course Learning Outcomes: 

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:

1. An ability to understand basic operation of various power semiconductor devices and passive components.
2. An ability to understand the basic principle of switching circuits.
3. An ability to analyze and design an AC/DC rectifier circuit.
4. An ability to analyze and design DC/DC converter circuits.
5. An ability to analyze DC/AC inverter circuit.
6. An ability to understand the role power electronics play in the improvement of energy usage efficiency and the development of renewable energy technologies.

How Course Outcomes are Assessed: 

  • Homework Assignments (15 %)
  • Quizzes and Mid-Term Exams (30 %)
  • Lab Project (15 %)
  • Final Exam (40 %)

N = none S = Supportive H = highly related



Proficiency assessed by

(a) an ability to apply knowledge of Mathematics, science, and engineering


HW Problems, Quizzes, Lab, Exams

(b) an ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret data


Design problems in HW, Lab, Exams

(c) an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability


HW Problems

(d) an ability to function as part of a multi-disciplinary team


Each Experiment done by a team

(e) an ability to identify, formulate, and solve ECE problems


HW Problems, Quizzes, Lab, Exams

(f) an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility


Conducting experiments, report the results

(g) an ability to communicate in written and oral form


Laboratory reports

(h) the broad education necessary to understand the impact of electrical and computer engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context


(i) a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning


Lectures, subsequent courses

(j) a knowledge of contemporary issues


(k) an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for electrical and computer engineering practice


HW Problems, Extensive use of PSpice simulation, Lab

Basic disciplines in Electrical Engineering


HW, Quizzes, Lab, Exams

Depth in Electrical Engineering


HW, Quizzes, Lab, Exams

Basic disciplines in Computer Engineering


Depth in Computer Engineering


Laboratory equipment and software tools


Lab experiments, PSpice simulation

Variety of instruction formats


Lectures, Office hour discussions, lab instruction

Topics Covered week by week: 

Week 1 Introduction to power electronics, elementary switching circuit, power semiconductor devices, device loss calculation.
Week 2-3 Operating mechanism of power devices including diodes, BJTs, MOSFETs, IGBTs, SCRs and GTOs. Their advantage/disadvantages and applications.
Week 4-5 Power and harmonics concepts, power factor, Fourier analysis, harmonic distortion, Passive components. Exam I
Week 6-7 Non-isolated DC-DC converters, buck (single-ended chopper) converter, boost, buck-boost and cuk converters, switching loss and efficiency estimation.
Week 8-10 Isolated switch mode power supply, forward converter, fly-back converter, half-bridge. Exam II
Week 11-12 Uncontrolled rectifiers including single phase half-wave, full-wave rectifiers, three phase rectifiers.
Week 12-13 Controlled rectifiers, half-wave, full-wave and three-phase controlled rectifiers.
Week 13-14 DC-AC inversion, pulse-width-modulation (PWM) techniques, harmonic reduction, three-phase inverter.
Week 15 Review of advanced power sources, world energy review, fuel cell power, wind power, solar power. Course review.
Week 16 Final exam.

Computer Usage: 

Simulations using PSpice.

Laboratory Experiences: 

A lab component requiring students to design, construct, diagnose and testing of power electronics converters is included.

Design Experiences: 

~25% of the homework. Many homework problems are design-oriented problems. In conjunction with the Lab component, students will learn the PSpice software for simulation and design of the power electronics circuits with power MOSFETs, power capacitors and inductors.
~25% problems in the Exams are design related

Independent Learning Experiences : 

1. Homework assignment
2. Computer-aided simulation
3. Lab reports
4. Testing (Quizzes, Exams)

Contribution to the Professional Component: 

(a) College-level Mathematics and Basic Sciences: 0.25 credit hours
(b) Engineering Topics (Science and/or Design): 2.75 credit hours
(c) General Education: 0.0 credit hours
Total credits: 3

Prepared by: 
H. Hanafi
April, 2011