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ELEC3204: Power Electronics and Applications (2018 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC3204: Power Electronics and Applications (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Senior
Faculty/School: School of Electrical & Information Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: A/Prof Xiao, Weidong
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: ELEC2104.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study aims to provide the fundamentals of power electronics. It provides description of the operation principles and control of these blocks. Through analysis and design methodologies, it delivers an understanding of modern enabling technologies associated with energy conversion. Through laboratory hands-on experience on actual industrial systems, such as electrical motor drives, robotic arms, and power supplies, it enhances the link between the theory and the "real" engineering world.

The following topics are covered:

Introduction to power electronic converters and systems; analysis, design, simulation, and control of power electronic converters; power semiconductor devices; passive devices; the conversion toplogy includes DC/DC, DC/AC, AC/DC, and AC/AC for various applications.
Assumed Knowledge: 1. Differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables, analysis of linear circuits. 2. Fourier theory applied to periodic and non-periodic signals. 3. Software such as MATLAB to perform signal analysis and filter design. 4. Familiarity with the use of basic laboratory equipment such as oscilloscope, function generator, power supply, etc. 5. Basic electric circuit theory and analysis
Lecturer/s: A/Prof Xiao, Weidong
Timetable: ELEC3204 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 2.00 1 13
2 Tutorial 3.00 1 4
3 Laboratory 3.00 1 6
4 Project Work - own time 2.00 1 10
5 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial:4 sessions of 3 hr tutorial covering fundamentals, design, modelling, simulation, and problem solving skills.

Laboratory: 6 sessions of 3-hr laboratory on modern power electronic systems.

Project Work - own time: Project work on design problems

Independent Study: Study at home

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
The project and assignments will develop design skills at system level and are application oriented. Design (Level 3)
Analysis, design, simulation, and control of power electronic converters for AC/DC, DC/DC, and DC/AC conversion. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
Analysis and modelling in frequency domain Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
The students are encouraged to source design data from the published technical literature to solve the various design challenges. Information Seeking (Level 2)
The tutorials and projects/assignments require the development of design skills and will enhance analytical and problem solving skills, design methodologies and the report/document will cultivate engineering technical and communication skills. Communication (Level 2)
The students are encouraged to address a number of energy related problems in the context of ethical, social and professional obligations and propose their own solutions. Professional Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. Ability to model and design switching power supplies using semiconductors by select the right components, circuits, Ics and modelling software.
2. Capacity to design diode rectification units in single-phase and three-phase versions using techniques and principles presented in the course.
3. Aptitude in simulation and design of single-phase and three-phase inverter circuits and a filter to achieve a specific total harmonic distortion at the output of the converter.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)
4. Ability to analyse power electronic systems and their various components such as: hardware circuit, control circuit, heat sinks, and use data-sheets of power semiconductors and related integrated circuits for advanced control.
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
5. Ability to demonstrate an understanding of concepts in power electronic conversion systems for dc-dc power conversion, using continuous and discontinuous operation.
Information Seeking (Level 2)
6. Ability to undertake knowledge developments by drawing on many and varied information sources specific to the electronics industry for new designs and solutions to problems.
7. Demonstrable ability to draw information from diverse sources on the impact of power electronic systems on society's development and synthesise the positive effect on the environment through the follow-on conditioning of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, hydrogen-fuel cells.
Communication (Level 2)
8. Ability to communicate specific design project material through proper engineering reports.
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
9. Ability to employ standards and procedures in design, to a level of quality that will allow prototyping.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Lab Report 1 Yes 4.00 Week 5 3, 4, 6, 9,
2 Lab Report 2 Yes 4.00 Week 8 3, 4, 6, 9,
3 Lab Report 3 Yes 4.00 Week 11 3, 4, 6, 9,
4 Project Yes 15.00 Week 13 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9,
5 Participation No 5.00 Multiple Weeks 4, 5, 6,
6 Assignment 1 No 5.00 Week 7 1, 5, 7,
7 Assignment 2 No 4.00 Week 10 1, 3, 4, 7,
8 Assignment 3 No 4.00 Week 13 1, 2, 4, 5, 7,
9 Final Exam No 55.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 4, 5, 7,
Assessment Description: Lab Reports: Laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art power electronic systems of commercial complexity.

Project: Hardware prototype design of a power electronic system

Assignment: Design and simulation of a DC/DC, DC/AC, and AC/DC converters with comparison with experimental evaluation

Final Exam: Final Exam.

Participation: To encourage students to actively participate in discussions during tutorial sessions.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Power Electronics
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Fundamentals of Power Electronics

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to power electronics

Lab #0: Lab introduction and safety
Week 2 Power semiconductor devices; other components for power electronics
Week 3 Analysis, design, and simulation of buck Converter

Tutorial #1 Power computing - Chapter 2 in textbook
Week 4 Lecture: Analysis, design and simulation of boost converter; Loss mechanism in converters; Drivers for MOSFET and IGBT

Lab #1 DC/DC converter
Week 5 Analysis, design, and simulation of buck-boost converter

Tutorial #2 DC/DC converter design, analysis, and simulation.
Assessment Due: Lab Report 1
Week 6 Analysis, design, and simulation of DC to single-phase AC Conversion
Week 7 Analysis, design, and simulation of AC to DC Conversion;

Lab #2 DC/AC inverter
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 8 Magnetics and Inductor Design; Type and fact of batteries;

Tutorial #3
Assessment Due: Lab Report 2
Week 9 Analysis, design, and simulation of Isolated DC/DC Converter with High Frequency Transformer;

Project starts
Week 10 General approach of mathematical modeling for power electronics;

Lab #3 AC/DC rectifier
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 11 Linearization for Mathematical Modeling and control;

Project continues
Assessment Due: Lab Report 3
Week 12 Common topologies used in industry; Popular textbook topologies;

Project continues
Week 13 Overview and revision;

Project demo

Tutorial #4
Assessment Due: Project
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Electrical (Power) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Power) / Law 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Power) 2015
Electrical (Power) / Arts 2015
Electrical (Power) / Commerce 2015
Electrical (Power) / Medical Science 2015
Electrical (Power) / Project Management 2015
Electrical (Power) / Science 2015
Electrical (Power) / Law 2015
Mechatronic Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Medical Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Mechatronic / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Mechatronic (Space) 2015
Mechatronic (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Mechatronic (Space) (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Computer Engineering (till 2010) 2010
Electrical (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Bioelectronics) (till 2012) 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Arts 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering (Bioelectronics) / Science 2011, 2012
Electrical Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Computer) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Commerce 2012, 2013, 2014, 2011
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical (Telecommunications) (till 2014) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Biomedical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Biomedical 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Medical Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Electrical / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical / Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical (Computer) 2015
Electrical / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Electrical (Telecommunications) 2015
Software Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018
Software 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Arts 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Commerce 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Medical Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Music Studies 2016, 2017
Software / Project Management 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Science 2016, 2017, 2018
Software / Law 2016, 2017, 2018
Software Engineering (till 2014) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Commerce 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Project Management 2012, 2013, 2014
Software Engineering / Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Telecommunications (till 2010) 2010
Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science) 2014 and earlier 2010, 2011, 2012
Information Technology (Computer Science)/Arts 2012
Computer Engineering / Commerce 2010
Electrical Engineering (Computer) / Medical Science 2011, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Arts 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Electrical Engineering (Telecommunications) / Medical Science 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Information Technology (Computer Science) / Science 2012

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 35.15%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3) Yes 19.1%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) Yes 15.95%
Information Seeking (Level 2) Yes 23.05%
Communication (Level 2) Yes 2.25%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 4.5%
Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.