Course syllabus


ENM070 ENM070 Power electronic devices and applications lp4 VT21 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Electrical Engineering

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Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

• Describe turn-on and turn-off transients of a MOSFET using equivalent circuit models.
• Design drive circuits for MOSFET and IGBT transistors, for driving and condition monitoring.
• Describe how turn-on, turn-off and overvoltage snubber circuits are designed and how they operate.
• Calculate component values for turn-on, turn-off and overvoltage snubbers based on circuit requirements.
• Analyze the oscillations over a switching component in a real circuit and design a snubber circuit that reduces the oscillations. The improvements are also to be implemented on a real circuit.
• Theoretically describe the function of a control circuit for a dc/dc-converter. Design and practically put a control circuit into operation and determine suitable component values in order to obtain voltage regulation, current mode control and over-current protection.
• Calculate the current and voltage wave-forms in load-resonant (SLR), zero-voltage swtiching (ZVS) and zero-current switching(ZCS) resonant converters with the knowledge of initial current and voltage values.
• Describe how HVDC converter systems and FACTS equipment (e.g. an SVC, TSCR or TCR) work and with which components such converters are realized.
• Describe important aspects regarding power quality/EMI/EMC such as requirements, propagation, generation, effect and mitigation, as well as how to conduct measurements in such an environment.
• Perform simplified calculations on how inductively and capacitively coupled disturbances propagate from source to victim.
• Choose suitable filters for DC/DC-converters, EMI-mitigation and FACTS applications.
• Describe how a diode, thyristor, GTO, BJT, IGBT, IGCT and a MOSFET are designed and how they operate.
• Describe and conduct base calculations on different PFC circuit as well as isolated dc/dc converters such as the DAB and the current doubler.
• Conduct thermal calculations on passive and active components.
• Make base life-time calculations based on temperature profiles.
• Describe inverters for drive systems and grid connected applications. Conduct loss calculations and describe the impact on the dc-link capacitor as well as surrounding components.
• Describe the usage of energy storage systems (e.g. batteries and supercapacitors) in power electronic applications. Perform calculations on energy and power, as well as base thermal calculations on batteries and supercapacitors.
• From an engineering point of view, be able to identity and select suitable components so that the demands are satisfied for the analyzed converter with respect to e.g. size and losses.
• Model power electronic circuits using Spice based program and simulate and analyze impact on circuit performance and electrical stress on circuit components.

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