ECE 59500 - Introduction to Power Electronics


This is a 5-week course that is part of the Professional Master's Program.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 1 Credits: 1

Counts as:

  • EE Elective
  • CMPE Special Content Elective

Normally Offered:

Each Fall


ECE 30100

Requisites by Topic:

AC and DC circuits, Fourier Series. This course is not appropriate for students who have taken ECE 43300.

Catalog Description:

This course provides a basic background on the circuits and controls used in modern power conversion. Topologies that will be considered include dc-dc, dc-ac, and ac-dc converters. Controls that will be considered include those based upon pulse width modulation and hysteresis-based current regulation.

Required Text(s):

  1. Analysis of Electric Machinery and Drive Systems, Chapter 11 , 3rd Edition , P. C. Krause, O. Wasynczuk, S. D. Sudhoff, and S. Pekarek , John Wiley , 2013 , ISBN No. 9781118024294

Recommended Text(s):

  1. Power Electronics , 3rd Edition , N. Mohan, T. M. Undeland and W. P. Robbins , John Wiley , 2013 , ISBN No. 0471-226-939

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an understanding of the relationships between form and function and the roles played by various circuit components in ac-dc, dc-dc, and dc-ac converters. [1]
  2. a knowledge of the basic characteristics of switch types, and classification of converters. [1]
  3. a knowledge of control and switching techniques and operating principles of ac-dc, dc-dc, and dc-ac converters. [1]
  4. a knowledge of the methods of sizing the switching and energy storage elements in ac-dc, dc-dc, and dc-ac converters. [1]

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Topics
2 VI Characteristics of Power Semiconductors (Diodes, MOSFETS, IGBTs, SCRs, etc.)
1 3-Phase DC-AC Converter Topology
1.5 Common Switching Strategies (180 degree, PWM, Sine-Triangle PWM, etc.)
2.5 Closed-Loop Control of DC-AC Converters
3 DC-DC Converters (Buck, Boost, Isolated)

Engineering Design Content:

  • Establishment of Objectives and Criteria
  • Synthesis
  • Analysis
  • Evaluation

Engineering Design Consideration(s):

  • Economic

Assessment Method: