Power Electronic Converters

Module summary

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

Specification

Aims

This course 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 course a student will be able to:

Learning Outcome
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.

Assessment

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

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Coursework
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 40%
Pass Mark: 50%.
Outline Details: Design and implementation of power electronic converters and systems.

Methods of SUMMATIVE Assessment: Formal Examination.
Outcome(s) assessed by summative assessment (Please use the numbers above to refer to these): 1,2
Grading Mode: Numeric.
Weighting: 60%.
Pass Mark: 50%.
Outline Details: An unseen 2 hour formal examination with students selecting 4 from 5 questions.