ECE 411 (With Lab)

Power Electronics

Instructor: Dr. Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Course Meetings: T 6:25 – 9:05 PM

Location: TBA

Office Hours: TR 5:15 – 6:15 PM @ Siegel Hall 225

Course Description: Power electronic circuits and switching devices such as power transistors, MOSFETs, SCRs, GTOs, IGBTs, and UJTs are studied. Their applications in AC/DC, DC/DC, DC/AC, and AC/AC converters as well as switching power supplies and UPS systems are explained. Simulation mini-projects and lab experiments emphasize power electronic circuit analysis, design, and control.

Course Purpose: Power electronic converters are used in different applications from low-power personal computers, home appliances, and automotive systems, to medium-power telecommunication systems, switching power supplies, and industrial motor drives, to high-power active filters and flexible AC transmission systems for terrestrial power systems. In fact, power electronics provides the basis for a variety of new electrical circuit architectures that allow substantial improvements in performance and flexibility. The purpose of this introductory course in power electronics is to give an overview of the major aspects of switching power devices and circuits. Operating principles of different electronic switches as well as converters such as rectifiers, choppers, and inverters are presented. Applications of power electronics are explained. Guidelines to design proper switching circuits are also established.

Prerequisite: ECE 311

Course Text: Daniel W. Hart, Introduction to Power Electronics, First Edition, Prentice Hall, 1997, ISBN 0-02-351182-6.

Other References:

  1. N. Mohan, T. M. Undeland, and W. P. Robbins, Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design, Media Enhanced Third Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2003, ISBN 0-471-22693-9.
  2. M. H. Rashid, Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices, and Applications, Third Edition, Prentice Hall, 2004, ISBN 0-13-101140-5.