Introduction to Power Electronics

ECEN 4797/5797 Fall 2015

Announcements, Updates, and Pertinent Material

  • Lecture 38 slides, 11/20/15. Proximity loss
  • Lecture 37 slides, 11/18/15. AC copper loss
  • Lecture 36 slides, 11/16/15. Losses in magnetic elements
  • Lecture 35 slides, 11/13/15. Basic magnetics
  • HW#11, due in HW#11 dropbox at 1 pm MST on Friday Nov. 20
  • Lecture 34 slides, 11/11/15. Begin Chapter 13
  • HW#12, due in HW#12 dropbox at 1 pm MST on Friday Dec. 4
  • HW#13, due in HW#13 dropbox at 1 pm MST on Friday Dec. 11. This assignment also includes a total of 150 points (1.5 homeworks) of optional extra credit problems.

Update 11/19/15

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.

This course is offered every fall semester. It will next be offered in Fall 2015. Instructor: Prof. Bob Erickson. It is the first of the three courses required for the Professional Certificate in Power Electronics. In addition, this course provides the theoretical basis for the Power Electronics and Photovoltaic Power Systems Laboratory course, ECEN 4517/5517.

The required prerequisite for the course is ECEN 3250 Microelectronics or equivalent. It will be assumed that all students have completed a 1.5-2 year sequence of undergraduate circuits and electronics courses for EE majors.

The course is offered both to regular on-campus students and also to off-campus students via Be Boulder Anywhere. Students registered through BBA generally receive lectures via web-based streaming video, and submit assignments online. Further details of the course policies, including procedures for off-campus students, are listed on the Vitals page.