Courses Catalogue

Power Electronics

COURSE CODE: PHY7216
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Covers the fundamentals of electronics for electrical energy processing, and applications to renewable and alternative energy. The course seeks to develop all major power electronics concepts, from both systems and components perspectives. It presents major design considerations for switching power conversion, including operation and control choices, harmonics and filtering, circuit models of real sources and devices, magnetics design, and passive and active component behavior. These are presented in applications context for diverse situations, including solar and wind energy conversion, hybrid and electric cars, high-performance computer power supplies, switching audio amplifiers, solid-state lighting, utility control and smart grids, portable power, and many others.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

To develop all major power electronics concepts, from both systems and components perspectives. To present major design considerations for switching power conversion, including operation and control choices, harmonics and filtering, circuit models of real sources and devices, magnetics design, and passive and active component behavior.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

Introduce electronic circuits for power control in industry and home applications

Design electronic circuits for efficient power control

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge of:

The components of power electronics and learn their key characteristics.

The basic operation, losses and efficiency of the power electronics converters.

Various methods to analyse power electronics circuits.

The practical issues in power electronics circuit design.

Operational issues and limitations of practical converters in industrial applications.

The application requirements of converters in given applications.