Design and testing of electronic power processing systems for commercial and aerospace applications.
Why take this course?
This is the only undergraduate power electronics laboratory course. It provides the opportunity to experimentally verify the design techniques taught in the ECE 4224 Power Electronics course and to learn experimental techniques that are specific for power electronics.
The required prerequisite is the 4224 Power Electronics course that provides the necessary theoretical background. This course could be taken as an introductory graduate course if a similar undergraduate course was not taken before.
Major Measurable Learning Objectives
Search, explore, and verify the design options based on given specifications.
Design and build the power stage of dc-dc converters and experimentally verify it.
Design and build high-frequency inductors and transformers.
Design and build feedback controller for dc-dc converters.
Measure and experimentally quantify steady-state, small-signal, and transient characteristics of power converters.
Design and build a complete dc-dc converter prototype and verify the design through analysis and interpretation of the experimentally collected data.
Percentage of Course
Specification Analysis and Preliminary Design
Design Verification and Iteration through Simulations
Inductor/Transformer, Layout and Thermal Design
PWM Control Chip Measurements
Gate Drive Design, Construction and Measurements
Inductor/Transformer Construction and Measurements
Power Stage Construction
Efficiency and Steady-state Measurements
Transfer Function Measurements and Feedback Design