Power Electronic Converters

Module summary

Module code: ELEE1165
Level: 7
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Engineering
Module Coordinator(s): Yehdego Habtay



This module aims to develop an understanding of modern power electronic converters, their applications, the analytic skills necessary to characterise power electronic circuit operation and design.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1 Apply circuit analysis techniques to characterise the operation of power electronic converters.
2 Analyse and select suitable power electronic devices for a given power converter specification and evaluate their electrical and thermal performance.

Indicative content

Power Electronic circuits: diode rectifiers and phase controlled rectifiers, DC-DC switching regulators, DC-AC switching inverters, interleaved converters, determination and analysis of harmonics, characterisation of driver circuits, PWM generation and harmonic content

Thermal management: determination of losses in converter circuits, heat flow determination and characterisation, heat sink requirement.

Converter applications: High voltage DC systems, FACTs components and their impact on power systems operation.

Teaching and learning activity

Formal lectures, tutorials, and laboratory work provide practical experiences of design and testing of power electronic converter systems. The laboratory work will consist of simulation and hands-on design and implementation, coupled with a reflective analysis of the results.


Students are required to pass all components in order to pass the module.

Logbook - 25%
LO - 1, 2.
Pass mark - 50%
1500 words.
A number of labs documented in a logbook.

Exam - 75%
LO - 1, 2.
Pass mark - 50%
2 hours.
Unseen Closed Book Exam.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
Tutorial questions, labs that are not included in the summative assessment.