Introduction to Power Electronics

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Course Date: 01 September 2014 to 03 November 2014 (9 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

The course is an introduction to switched-mode power converters. It provides a basic knowledge of circuitry for the control and conversion of electrical power with high efficiency.


Estimated Workload: 6-9 hours/week

Course Instructors

Robert Erickson

Robert Erickson received the B.S. (1978), M.S. (1980), and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in Electrical Engineering, from the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. Since 1982, he has been a member of the faculty of electrical, computer , and energy engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he served as department Chair in 2002-2006. He co-directs the Colorado Power Electronics Center and is a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of the textbook Fundamentals of Power Electronics, now in its second edition. Professor Erickson is the author of over one hundred journal and conference papers in the area of power electronics, and is a recipient of the IEEE Power Electronics Society Transactions Prize Paper Award.

Course Description

The course is an introduction to switched-mode power converters. It provides a basic knowledge of circuitry for the control and conversion of electrical power with high efficiency. These converters can change and regulate the voltage, current, or power; dc-dc converters, ac-dc rectifiers, dc-ac inverters, and ac-ac cycloconverters are in common use. Applications include electronic power supplies, aerospace and vehicular power systems, and renewable energy systems.

FAQ

  • Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?

    Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

  • What resources will I need for this class?

    For this course, all you need is an Internet connection,  and the time to watch, study, and learn the field of power electronics. You may also choose to obtain a copy of the optional textbook.

  • What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class?

    You will learn how control substantial electrical power with very high efficiency using time-varying switching converters.

Syllabus

  • Introduction to power electronics
I. Converters in Equilibrium
  • Principles of steady-state converter analysis
  • Steady-state equivalent circuit modeling, losses, and efficiency
  • Semiconductor power switch realization
  • The discontinuous conduction mode
  • Converter circuits and transformer isolation
II. Converter Dynamics and Control
  • AC equivalent circuit modeling
  • Converter transfer functions
  • Controller design

Format

The class will consist of lecture videos that are 5 to 25 minutes in length. These will contain integrated quiz questions. In addition, the course will require standalone homework each week that is machine graded.

Suggested Reading

The lectures are designed to be self-contained. The following textbook was developed for use in this class; it is recommended but not required:

Fundamentals of Power Electronics

Course Workload

6-9 hours/week

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