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Introduction to Power Electronics


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Learning Objective:

This course is part of a Purdue initiative that aims to complement the expertise that students develop with the breadth at the edges needed to work effectively in today's multidisciplinary environment. These serious short courses require few prerequisites and provide a general framework that can be filled in with self-study when needed.


This is a one credit hour course, not three credit hours. Class duration:
An introduction to common circuits utilized in DC-DC, DC-AC, and AC-DC power conversion is provided. The course includes an overview of the VI models of power semiconductor devices, circuit topologies, switching strategies, and methods commonly used for voltage or current regulation. This course is designed for ECE students whose interests are in the application of semiconductor devices in power circuits and systems as well as for students from other disciplines seeking an understanding of power converters.

Topics Covered:

Topics include Power semiconductor devices VI characteristics, 3-Phase DC-AC (AC-DC) converter under 180 degree, 180 degree PWM, and sine-triangle switching, open-loop and closed-loop voltage and current control, and DC-DC converters (buck, boost, isolated) .


Undergraduate level understanding of AC and DC circuits and Fourier series.

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Official textbook information is now listed in the Schedule of Classes. NOTE: Textbook information is subject to be changed at any time at the discretion of the faculty member. If you have questions or concerns please contact the academic department.

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