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Power electronic converter design and manufacturing (for new MSc Sustaintable Automotive Electrification)

Introduction

This module provides in-depth knowledge of power electronic devices and converter topologies for hybrid and electric vehicles. It includes the integration, reliability and manufacturing of power electronic converters. Advanced PWM control methods and electromagnetic compatibility are introduced. This module covers modelling and design of power converters in detail through lectures, workshops and practical. It also introduces future power electronics technologies for the upcoming EV applications.

This module aims to:
Extend students' depth of knowledge of power electronic circuits and components for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Introduce integration, reliability and manufacturing considerations of power electronic converters.
Introduce thermal modelling and cooling design of power electronic converters.
Provide students with skills and techniques necessary for analysis, modelling and design of power electronics and related control systems for automotive applications.

Objectives

  • Critically evaluate characteristics of power semiconductor devices and select devices for a range of automotive applications.
  • Differentiate power converter topologies, operation, control and practicalities for real-world application to hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Evaluate detailed operation, losses and efficiency of power electronics converters through use of analytical methods and modelling techniques.
  • Interpret the integration, reliability and manufacturing of power electronic components for automotive applications.
  • Systematically design power electronic subsystem/ system for hybrid and electric vehicles and critique design trade-offs and technology advances

Syllabus

  • Power electronics in automotive applications overview
  • Power semiconductor devices
  • Manufacturing, life time and reliability of power electronic converters
  • DC/DC converters (Buck/Boost)
  • Isolated DC/DC converters
  • AC/DC converters, rectifier and PFC circuit
  • DC-AC inverters
  • Advanced PWM control methods
  • Battery charging and Wireless charging circuits
  • Electromagnetic compatibility, integration and thermal management of power converter
  • Power converter modelling and design
  • Power converter design workshop
  • Power converter testing practical
  • Future technology direction: state-of-art power semiconductor devices and converter technologies for hybrid and electric vehicles

Assessment

  • Post Module Assessment report (70% weighting)
  • Power semiconductor characteristics worksheet (10% weighting)
  • Video presentation on power converter design (20% weighting)

Duration

1 week including 18 hours of lectures, 3 hours of seminars, 2 hours of tutorials, 8 hours of practical classes and 9 hours of supervised practical classes