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ELEC3204: Power Electronics and Applications (2016 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||ELEC3204: Power Electronics and Applications (6 CP)|
|Faculty/School:||School of Electrical & Information Engineering|
Dr Lu, Dylan
|Session options:||Semester 1|
|Versions for this Unit:|
|Brief Handbook Description:||This unit of study aims to teach the fundamentals of advanced energy conversion systems based on power electronics. It provides description of the operation principles and control of these blocks. Through analysis and design methodologies, it delivers an in depth understanding of modern enabling technologies associated with energy conversion. Through laboratory hands-on experience on actual industrial systems, such electrical motor drives, robotic arms, and power supplies, it enhances the link between the theory and the “real” engineering world. The unit clarifies unambiguously the role these imperative technologies play in every human activity; from mobile telephone chargers to energy electricity grids; from electric vehicles and industrial automation to wind energy conversion to name just few.
The following topics are covered:
Introduction to power electronic converters and systems; applications of power electronic converters; power semiconductor devices; uncontrolled rectifiers: single- and three-phase; non-isolated dc-dc converters: buck, boost and buck-boost; isolated dc-dc converters; inverters: single- and three-phase; uninterruptible power supplies; battery chargers and renewable energy systems; electric and hybrid electric vehicles technologies, design of converters and systems.
|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|
Dr Lu, Dylan
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial: 6 sessions of 2 hr tutorial covering fundamentals and design issues developing student engineering practical skills, computer verification steps for design and equally important analytical and problem solving skills.
Laboratory: 5 sessions of 3-hr laboratory on modern power electronic systems including digital control, motor control, power supply and applications.
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)|
|Design of power electronic converters as rectifiers, dc-dc and dc-ac ones.||Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)|
|Application of Fourier theory and frequency domain design of second order filtering.||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)
Lab Reports: Laboratory experiments using state-of-the-art power electronic systems of commercial complexity.
Project: Hardware prototype design of dc-dc converter in a typical power supply, and other practical systems and applications.
Assignment: selected tutorial questions for in-depth study
Quizzes: To monitor students` progress and provide feedback to students through mid-semester assessment
Final Exam: Final Exam.
Participation: To encourage students to actively participate in discussions during tutorial sessions.
|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.|
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
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 1||Power electronics systems and applications: a system top-down approach, evolution of power electronic systems, advancement of power semiconductors, system integration of technologies.|
|Week 2||Power semiconductors, characteristics and requirements for design, swithing characteristics, turn-on and turn-off waveforms of inductive switching, diode, Schottky diode, diode reverse recovery, fast recovery diode, ultra-fast recovery diode, thyristor, BJT, MOSFET, IGBT, IGCT and others modern power devices, switching frequency and power capability of semiconductor devices, selection criteria for power electronic systems, safe operating area, drive and snubber circuits.|
|Week 3||Basic rectifier concepts, single-phase diode rectification, harmonics, total harmonic distortion, voltage doubler, power factor and neutral currents in three-phase four-wire systems.|
|Week 4||Three-phase diode rectifier, inrush current and overvoltages during turn-on.|
|Assessment Due: Assignment|
|Week 5||Phase-controlled rectification and four quadrant pulse-width modulated rectifiers, the matrix converter as AC-AC conversion system.|
|Assessment Due: Lab Report 1|
|Week 6||Active power factor correction, harmonic and industrial standards, utility effect of rectifiers, source of current harmonics, improved single-phase and three-phase utility interfaces.|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 1|
|Week 7||DC-DC switching power converters, buck (step-down) boost (step-up), buck-boost (step-up/down), full bridge, pulse-width modulation and duty cycle control of DC-DC converters, average current, peak current control.|
|Week 8||Linear power supplies, switching power supplies, isolated converter topologies, control of switching mode power supplies, power supply protection, design to specifications.|
|Assessment Due: Lab Report 2|
|Week 9||Single-phase inverters, pulse-width modulation, unipolar PWM, bipolar PWM.|
|Week 10||Three-phase inverters, sinusoidal PWM, space vector PWM, blanking time and its effect on inverter output voltage, operation as a rectifier.|
|Assessment Due: Quiz 2|
|Week 11||Motor control and applications, variable frequency variable voltage PWM-VSI drives, fundamentals of motor speed control for AC and DC motors.|
|Assessment Due: Lab Report 3|
|Week 12||Energy systems and power electronics, electric and hybrid electric cars, renewable energy systems, wind farms, solar plants, maximum power point tracking for solar inverters.|
|Week 13||Overview and revision.|
|Assessment Due: Project|
|Exam Period||Assessment Due: Final Exam|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 3)||Yes||35%|
|Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 3)||Yes||19.9%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)||Yes||15.4%|
|Information Seeking (Level 2)||Yes||22.95%|
|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.