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Electrical Engineering BA (B), Power Electronics, 7.5 Credits

General data

Code: ET027G
Subject/Main field: Elektroteknik
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (B)
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Electronics Design
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Science, Technology and Media
Established: 9/1/2012
Date of change: 7/10/2013
Version valid from: 8/15/2013


The aim of the course is to provide the basic knowledge for the requirement of Power Electronics in the modern day life. In this regard, the course aims to equip the student with the basic understanding of the power semiconductor devices, their operating principles along with their control circuitry together with the review of electric and magnetic circuits. Several important converter topologies applicable for various low - high power applications such as the switch mode power supplies (SMPS) with hand held devices, computers and high voltage DC transmission, PV systems, power supplies for telecommunication equipment etc., will be covered with detailed analysis. With this course, the student will be equipped with the knowledge in the wide range of power electronic converter circuits for AC-DC, DC-DC and DC-AC power conversion which are generally employed in various consumer and industrial electronic applications.

Course objectives

After the course the student should be able to:
- Understand the importance of Power Electronics and its applications in modern day life
- Describe the modern power semiconductor devices such as Power Diodes, BJTs, MOSFETs, Thyristors, GTO, IGBT etc., their operation and control along with their protection schemes
- Calculate the power dissipation in the Power electronic component and design a cooling system.
- Understand the importance of magnetics (such as inductors, transformers) in power converter circuits.
- Dimensioning of magnetics for various applications.
- Select a suitable power converter topology depending on application
- Design a power converter for a given application
- Understand and analyze the quality of the input/output waveforms in different converter circuits which are a major concern with respect to its surroundings


The course mainly covers the lectures on the following topics along with computer/simulation and laboratory exercises
- Overview of the power semiconductor devices, their characteristics (both static and dynamic)
- Gate/base drive circuits
- Review of electric and magnetic circuit concepts
- Heat dissipation in components and cooling
- Diode bridge rectifiers (Single phase diode bridge and the three phase full bridge)
- Line frequency phase controlled rectifiers along with Thyristor circuits and control
- Three phase AC/DC converter circuits
- Non-Isolated Switch Mode DC-DC Converters (Buck, Boost, Buck-boost and Cuk)
- Isolated Switch Mode DC-DC Converters (Flyback, Forward, Half/Full Bridge)
- Single Phase/Three phase Switch Mode DC-AC Converters (Inverters)
- Resonant (Soft switching) Converters

Entry requirements

Electrical Engineering BA (A): Circuit Theory, 7.5 Credits and Analog Electronics, 7.5 Credits.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching is in the form of web lectures, assignments, simulations and laboratory experiments.

The course requires access to a computer with Windows operation system for simulations and measurements using laboratory equipment.

Examination form

4.5 Credits, T101: Written Exam
Grades: A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. A-E are passed and Fx and F are failed.

1.5 Credits, I101: Hand-in Assignments
Grades: Pass (P) or Fail (F)

1.5 Credits, L191: Mandatory Laboratory Assignments
Grades: Pass (P) or Fail (F)

Grading criteria for the subject can be found at

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Ned Mohan, Tore M.Undeland and William P.Robbins, Power Electronics, Converters, Applications and Design, John Wiley and Sons, 3e eller senare, 0-471-42908-2

Reference literature

Robert W. Erickson and Dragon Maksimovic, Fundamentals of Power Electronics,, Springer, 2a eller senare, 978-0792372707