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Unit information: Advanced Power Electronics Design in 2020/21

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Unit name Advanced Power Electronics Design
Unit code EENGM0001
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Yuan
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit introduces advanced power electronics design techniques for modern electrical power conversion systems. The course begins with the modelling of power electronics converters (e.g. dc-dc converters and three-phase converters), based on which, a general closed-loop control design method will be developed following a frequency domain analysis. Various converter topologies (for example, voltage source converters, current source converters and multi-level converters) will be analysed using advanced modelling techniques. Hardware design issues in power electronic converters will be addressed in detail. Design techniques will be investigated for both standard and advanced (for example, integrated) magnetic components. Synchronous rectification techniques, resonant gate driver circuits and emerging power semiconductor technologies such as state-of-the-art silicon carbide devices will be covered. Practical skills such as the use of simulation tools (MATLAB/Simulink) and printed circuit board (PCB) design will also be covered with examples. The unit builds on previous Yr 2 and Yr3 electromechanical energy conversion courses (EENG27000, EENG28070 and EENG37000).


  • Recent development in power electronics and power conversion systems
  • Modelling of power electronics converters
  • Control design for power electronics converters
  • Modulation strategies
  • Multilevel converters
  • Wind power generation using power electronics and machines
  • Power semiconductors: physics, characteristics and application
  • Emerging power devices
  • Advanced magnetic components design
  • Resonant gate driver
  • Synchronous rectification

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Describe the importance of power electronics in applications such as renewable power generation, multi-level converters.
  2. Explain issues such as electromagnetic interference (EMI) and the impact of emerging power semiconductor devices.
  3. Explain the operation of single switch to dc-dc and three-phase converters.
  4. Using the converter average model derive the operational principles of converter topologies.
  5. Using the converter average model with frequency domain analysis derive the closed-loop design process for power converters.
  6. Explain the inner current control loop and outer voltage/speed control loop design for motor drives and grid tied converter applications.
  7. Review the characteristics of magnet components including advanced magnetic arrangements such as integrated and planar magnetic component.
  8. Apply magnetic component design rules to the analysis of advanced magnetic components.
  9. Analyse advanced circuit techniques including synchronous rectification, resonant gate driver circuit topologies.
  10. Identify the impact and potential of emerging power semiconductor technologies.
  11. Explain the operation of standard power electronics devices, e.g. diode, MOSFET, IGBT, etc.
  12. Apply software simulation methods (MATLAB/Simulink) to converter modelling and control loop design.
  13. Use PCB design skills within a power electronics converter design.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, practical activities supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

Formative: Online Test 1

Summative: Coursework (100%)

Reading and References

R.W. Erickson, D. Maksimovic, Fundamentals of Power Electronics, 2nd Edition, 2004

N.Mohan, T.M. Undeland and W.P.Robbins, Power Electronics-Converters, Applications and Design, 2002.