EEP344 Power Electronics

Code EEP344
Name Power Electronics
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Power and Electrical Engineering
Faculty Department of Industrial Electronics and Electrical Technologies
Academic staff Iļja Galkins, Alvis Sokolovs, Inna Buņina, Anastasija Žiravecka, Genadijs Zaļeskis, Agris Treimanis
Credit points 3.0 (4.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The course deals with power electronic converters and their elements. The most important objects of the course are: general definitions and mathematical tools of power electronics, one-cycle and multi-cycle DC/DC converters, diode and thyristor rectifiers, autonomous inverters and some specific converters..
The course is concentrated on calculation of parameters of the power converters, choice of their passive elements and semiconductor switches, as well as on the cooling and protection of these switches. The course includes special lectures devoted to development of the power converter utilizing the corresponding modern integrated circuits. The practical part of the course includes numerically solved exercises, exercises of simulation of the power converters, laboratory exercises. The most active students are provided with opportunity to design, build and test one of the studied power converters utilizing one of the available integrated circuits..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
The aim of the course is to teach the students to identify power electronic converters, describe their operation, choose a converter for a particular application and calculate its parameters, choose passive components and semiconductor switches as well as their protection and cooling elements for the converter. Another aim of the course is to develop practical skills of the students to build the studied converters (of ready to use power blocks), measure their parameters and test their operation.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Ability to recognize a particular power electronics converter and explain its operation and features. Ability to formulate requirements for the choice of power converter for particular application. - The final quiz or local quizzes with 100% result provides 4 (of 9) points to the final mark.
Ability to calculate parameters of power converters. Ability to choose power semiconductor switches, their protection and cooling elements. Ability to simulate the converters. - Practical exercises solved in time provide 5 more points of 9. There is an opportunity to gain up to 2 extra points for solving (on the contest basis) of increased difficulty auxiliary exercises.
Ability to compose a power converter of available complete blocks for particular application. Ability to test the composed converter, measure its parameters and analyze its operation. - The final mark is validated only if the laboratory exercises are executed.
Ability to compose a particular power converter utilizing an integrated circuit corresponding to the converter. - There is an opportunity to gain up to 4 extra points for design, manufacturing and testing of a power converter studied in the course utilizing one of the mentioned integrated circuits.
Course prerequisites Basic knowledge of mathematics in the field of differential, integral calculus and Fourier transformation (analysis of harmonics). Basic knowledge of physics in the field of semiconductors and magnetic theory. Knowledge of theory of electrical engineering in the field of transient processes. Skills of simulation of electrical circuits with MATLAB and PSpice software.

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