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ELEC9204: Power Electronics and Applications

This unit of study aims to teach the fundamentals of advanced energy conversion systems based on power electronics. It provides description of the operation principles and control of these blocks. Through analysis and design methodologies, it delivers an in depth understanding of modern enabling technologies associated with energy conversion. Through laboratory hands-on experience on actual industrial systems, such electrical motor drives, robotic arms, and power supplies, it enhances the link between the theory and the "real" engineering world. The unit clarifies unambiguously the role these imperative technologies play in every human activity; from mobile telephone chargers to energy electricity grids; from electric vehicles and industrial automation to wind energy conversion to name just few. The following topics are covered: Introduction to power electronic converters and systems; applications of power electronic converters; power semiconductor devices; uncontrolled rectifiers: single- and three-phase; non-isolated dc-dc converters: buck, boost and buck-boost; isolated dc-dc converters; inverters: single- and three-phase; uninterruptible power supplies; battery chargers and renewable energy systems; electric and hybrid electric vehicles technologies, design of converters and systems.

Code ELEC9204
Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
Differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, analysis of linear circuits. Fourier theory applied to periodic and non-periodic signals. Software such as MATLAB to perform signal analysis and filter design. Familiarity with the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope, function generator, power supply, etc.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain, demonstrate, and report the finding of the project
  • LO2. work with partners to fulfil the project requirement
  • LO3. demonstrate professional behavior and honesty
  • LO4. design and build practical power electronics
  • LO5. simulate power electronics
  • LO6. test and troubleshoot power converters
  • LO7. model and analyse power electronics.

Unit outlines

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