Fundamentals of Power Electronics

  • Class 45
  • Practice 18
  • Independent work 87
Total 150

Course title

Fundamentals of Power Electronics

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Course objectives

Fundamentals of power electronics energy conversion; Types of power electronics energy conversion; Conversion quality indicators - efficiency, power factor; Power converters classification.
Ideal semiconductor switch; Semiconductor devices classification based on controlabillity; Ideal semiconductor switch operating quadrants; Semiconductor switch idealized model; Four-quadrant semiconductor switch.
Topology and topological state of a converter; Topology development examples.
Basic power electronic circuits; Diode rectifiers; Phase-controlled rectifiers.
Switching and commutation in semiconductor switches; Passive components as the energy storage; Inductive energy storing and release, the freewheeling diode.
DC-DC converters without galvanic isolation; Passive filters for power electronic converters.
DC-DC converters with galvanic isolation.
Midterm exam.
Inverters; Harmonic analysis; Electromagnetic compatibility.
Origins of the distorsions in the power electronic converters; Power electronic converter influence on the load and on the grid; Electromagnetic compatibility in power electronics.
AC-AC converters; Energy flow in power electronic circuits.
Semiconductor switch structure; Power semiconductor devices losses; Hybrid semiconductor swithes; Semiconductor switch selection based on the converter's topology.
Application of power electronics in electrical grids; Application of power electronics in transportation.
Application of power electronics in automation and the process industry; Application of power electronics in renewable energy sources.
Final exam.

Prerequisites for:

  1. Electrical Circuits
  2. Electroacoustics
  3. Methods of Measurement
  4. Fundamentals of Mechatronics
  5. Power Electronics Practicum
  6. Electromagnetic Transients and Electromagnetic Compatibility
  7. LabVIEW
  8. Electromechanical Systems
  9. Electrical Machines Control Practicum
  10. Metrology Fundamentals
  11. Electromechanics
  12. Modern Physics and Applications in Electrical Engineering
  13. Fundamentals of Electrical Drives
  14. Electric Facilities
  15. Electromechanical and Electrical Conversion
  16. Electronics 1R

Required reading

J. Kassakian, M. Schlecht, G. Verghese (2000.), Osnove učinske elektronike - Topologije i funkcije pretvarača (prijevod), Graphis
Daniel W. Hart (2006.), Introduction to Power Electronics,
V. Šunde, Ž. Jakopović, Z. Benčić (.), Osnove učinske elektronike - Simulacijsko modeliranje, Graphis
Erickson (2013.), Fundamentals of Power Electronics, Springer Science and Business Media
Tudor Volkov (2015.), Fundamentals of Power Electronics

Minimal learning outcomes

  • Analyze the operation of power electronic converters by conversion type
  • Define basic types of electronic energy conversion
  • Classify electronic power converters
  • Compare the features and performance characteristics of power semiconductor devices
  • Analyze basic topology and functions of electronic power converters
  • Compare the properties of different types of power electronic converters
  • Analyze the complex system of a power converters and its basic components
  • Analyze the negative effects of power electronic converters operation on the sources and loads
  • Identify the characteristic examples of power electronics device application
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