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ES4D4 - Power Electronic Converters & Devices

  • Module code: ES4D4
  • Module name: Power Electronic Converters & Devices
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module aims are: To introduce the concept of power electronics as power processing and control, and to present the range of applications of power electronics in today’s society; To introduce power semiconductor devices as basic switching elements used in power electronic converters, and describe the theory of their operation; To introduce power electronic converters, explain their operation and give examples of applications; To develop an understanding of the issues present in converter and device design, including the impact of physical layout and heat dissipation.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module the student should be able to: Describe the operation of power semiconductor devices; apply the concepts of device physics in the context of device switching in a power converter; Design a simple power converter, including a DC-DC converter and 3-phase inverter; Analyse the design of a motor drive, including the control system and converter; Explain the practical issues in converter design; Appreciate the applications of power electronics and the development of new devices and materials. "

Timetabled teaching activities

Spring. This module includes 30 hours of lectures, 4 hours of examples classes and 6 hours of laboratory sessions. Required self-study: 110 hours

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4D4-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 80%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Assessed Course Work 10%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4