14:332:460 Power Electronics

Course catalog description: 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.

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits; 1 hour and 20-minute session twice a week, every week

Pre-requisite Courses:14:332:361.

Topics Covered:

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

Textbook: I. Batarseh, Power Electronics Circuits, Wiley.

Other supplemental material: N. Mohan, T. Undeland, W. Robbins, Power Electronics, Wiley; M. Rashid, Power Electronics, Prentice-Hall.