Power Electronics


Deals with switching issues in switch mode power supplies and high power converters and inverters. The switch mode power supply section investigates the operation and design of the standard switching power supply topologies such as the buck, boost, buck-boost, and Cuk switch mode converters. There is a brief introduction to resonant converter technology. The second section of the course considers high power converters and inverters. The terminal characteristics of the power devices used are investigated. Standard inverter topologies introduced, and various PWM algorithms for them are developed. Power quality issues and some solutions are presented. Multilevel converter topologies are introduced.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. For the students to gain an understanding of switching electronics and solid state power conversion along with knowledge of some practical applications of this technology.


  1. Fundamentals of switch mode device operation.
  2. Switching electronic devices. (Types, characteristics, limitations).
  3. DC-DC converters buck, boost, buck-boost
  4. High power devices
  5. Rectifiers and controlled rectifiers.
  6. Introduction to Power quality issues
  7. Inverters and PWM control
  8. Multilevel converters and applications.

Assumed Knowledge

ELEC2320 and ELEC3240

Assessment Items

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term