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Power Electronic Circuits (E C E 412) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Develop and quantify common performance objectives for power electronic circuits, such as efficiency, power factor, etc.
  • 2
    Develop simple dc-dc power electronic converter topologies to meet certain functional specifications
  • 3
    Analyze dc-dc power electronic converter operation to develop design guidelines for choice of switching devices and reactive elements
  • 4
    Identify and use switching device and reactive component performance characteristics to apply them appropriately in dc-dc power electronic circuits
  • 5
    Complete preliminary design of inductors and transformers
  • 6
    Describe steady state and dynamic behavior of dc-dc power electronic converters using equivalent circuits, matrix models and small signal transfer functions
  • 7
    Design simple closed loop regulators for dc-dc power electronic converters to meet functional objectives
  • 8
    Identify and synthesize general circuit topologies to realize inverters and rectifiers for single phase and three phase applications
  • 9
    Describe operation of diode and SCR based power electronic circuits
  • 10
    Use systematic problem solving techniques to partition complex problems
  • 11
    Use simplifying assumptions to approach solutions to ill-posed design problems
  • 12
    Present solutions to technical problems effectively
  • 13
    Use mathematical analysis software tools to solve engineering design problems
Power Electronic Circuits
E C E 412 ( 3 Credits )
Operating characteristics of power semiconductor devices such as Bipolar Junction Transistors, IGBTs, MOSFETs and Thyristors. Fundamentals of power converter circuits including dc/dc converters, phase controlled ac/dc rectifiers and dc/ac inverters. Practical issues in the design and operation of converters. Course available on videotape.
ECE 342 or equiv or cons inst
College: College of Engineering
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ECE 412 Course Notes

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Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
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Brief List of Topics to be Covered

Linear regulators, Power converter topologies/architecture, Rectifiers, Square wave inverters, Power semiconductor applications, Magnetics design, Frequency response of power converters, Regulator design and realization, Sine wave inverters, and SCR converters

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