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ELEC9204: Power Electronics and Applications (2019 - Semester 1)

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Unit: ELEC9204: Power Electronics and Applications (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
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 operation 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
Tutor/s: The names and contact information of tutors will be provided in the 1st lecture.
Timetable: ELEC9204 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 3
3 Project support 3.00 1 7
4 Design, analysis, and simulation for projects 2.00 1 7
5 Independent Study 3.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial supports fundamental knowledge, analysis, design, simulation, and problem solving for power electronics.

Laboratory is designed and equipped to support two engineering projects.

Project Work - own time: design, analysis, and simulation based on the project subjects.

Independent Study: Study at home

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.

(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2)
1. Explain, demonstrate, and report the finding of the project
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2)
2. Work with partners to fulfil the project requirement
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3)
3. Professional behavior and honesty
(4) Design (Level 3)
4. Design and build practical power electronics
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3)
5. Simulation of power electronics
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3)
6. Test and troubleshooting of power converters
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3)
7. Modelling and analysis of power electronics
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Project 1 Yes 13.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
2 Project 1 Lab Yes 5.00 Week 6 2, 3, 4,
3 Project 2 Yes 17.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7,
4 Final Exam No 65.00 Exam Period 3, 5, 7,
Assessment Description: Assessment detail will be announced in the 1st lecture.
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 . 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 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

Week Description
Week 1 Introduction to power electronics

Introduction to the unit
Week 2 Power semiconductor devices

Power capacitor
Week 3 Analysis, design, and simulation of buck Converter

Project start in lab
Week 4 Lecture: Fundamental of magnetics

Power loss analysis and essential of driver
Week 5 Importance of thermal analysis

Analysis, design, and simulation of boost Converter
Week 6 Analysis, design, and simulation of buck-boost Converter
Assessment Due: Project 1
Assessment Due: Project 1 Lab
Week 7 Analysis, design, and simulation of flyback Converter

Measurement of voltage and current

Tutorial: problem solving
Week 8 DC to single-phase AC conversion
Week 9 Analysis, design, and simulation of Isolated DC/DC Converter with High Frequency Transformer

AC to AC conversion

End of Project One; Start of Project Two
Week 10 AC to DC conversion
Week 11 DC to three-phase AC conversion

Interleaving solution
Week 12 Converters of switching capacitor

Other textbook topologies

Tutorial: problem solving
Week 13 Overview and revision;
Assessment Due: Project 2
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
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Electrical) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Power) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Power) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 2) No 6%
(7) Project and Team Skills (Level 2) No 5.55%
(8) Professional Effectiveness and Ethical Conduct (Level 3) No 11.5%
(5) Interdisciplinary, Inclusiveness, Influence (Level 3) No 0%
(4) Design (Level 3) No 6.4%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 3) No 9.1%
(3) Problem Solving and Inventiveness (Level 3) No 7.95%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 3) No 53.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.