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Unit of study_

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.

Details

Academic unit Electrical and Information Engineering
Unit code ELEC9204
Unit name Power Electronics and Applications
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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ELEC5733
Prerequisites
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ELEC9704
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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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.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Weidong Xiao, weidong.xiao@sydney.edu.au
Lecturer(s) Rui Hong Chu , rui.chu@sydney.edu.au
Tutor(s) Waqas Hassan , waqas.hassan@sydney.edu.au
Julie Zhu, yechen.zhu@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam Final exam
Closed-book exam Non-programmable calculator
65% Formal exam period 2.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO6 LO7
Assignment Project 1
Evaluated by project demo and 3 independent reports.
18% Week 06 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Project 2
Assessed by project demo and one final report
17% Week 13 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website provides information on academic honesty, academic dishonesty, and the resources available to all students.

The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to unit and power electronics (2 hr)  
Week 02 1. Power semiconductor devices; 2. Power capacitor (5 hr)  
Week 03 1. Analysis, design, and simulation of buck Converter; 2. Project start in lab (5 hr)  
Week 04 1. Fundamental of magnetics; 2. Power loss analysis and essential of driver (5 hr)  
Week 05 1. Importance of thermal analysis; 2. Analysis, design, and simulation of boost converter (5 hr)  
Week 06 Analysis, design, and simulation of buck-boost converter (5 hr)  
Week 07 1. Analysis, design, and simulation of flyback converter; 2. Measurement of voltage and current (5 hr)  
Week 08 DC to single-phase AC conversion (5 hr)  
Week 09 1. Analysis, design, and simulation of isolated DC/DC converter with high frequency transformer; 2. AC to AC conversion (5 hr)  
Week 10 AC to DC conversion (5 hr)  
Week 11 1. DC to three-phase AC conversion; 2. Interleaving solution (5 hr)  
Week 12 1. Converters of switching capacitor; 2. Other textbook topologies (5 hr)  
Week 13 Overview and revision (5 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Library eReserve, available on Canvas.

  • Daniel Hart, Power Electronics (1st). McGraw-Hill Education, 2010. ISBN-10: 0073380679, ISBN-13: 978-0073380674.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9
The unit should follow the same as ELEC3204. No major change.

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