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1B: Power Electronic Converters (201900254)

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Course Description

This course covers the principles of power conversion with switch-mode circuits. The basic circuits of power electronics are explained, including ac-dc converters (diode rectifiers), dc-dc converters (non-isolated and isolated) and dc-ac converters (inverters). Issues specific to power electronics including pulse width modulation, methods of analysis, voltage distortion, power quality and commonly used power semiconductor switches are treated


To get acquainted with applications of power electronics; to obtain insight in the principles of power electronics; to get an overview of power electronic circuits; to sketch and explain the circuit diagram the waveforms; be able to select appropriate circuits for specific applications.

Study Material


  • Power Electronics - converters, design and applications; Mohan, Undeland and Robbins; 2nd or 3rd Edition, John Wiley, ISBN 0-471-5840 -8


  • The Principles of Electronic and Electromechanical Power Conversion – A Systems Approach”, Braham Ferreira, Wim van der Merwe, 1st edition Wiley, January 2014, ISBN 978-1-118-6509-9

Entry Requirements


Undergraduate course on electric circuit theory.


Undergraduate course on electromagnetics