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ES3E0 - Power Electronics

  • Module code: ES3E0
  • Module name: Power Electronics
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Practically all electronic equipment, whether domestic or industrial, requires power conditioning to deliver the energy for it to operate correctly. This is using electronics for power processing, not information processing. The applications vary widely from power supplies for laptops and mobile phone chargers, through industrial motor drives, hybrid and electric vehicle drives, electric rail transport, to solar and wind energy systems and power transmission and distribution systems. 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 an AC-DC converter, a DC-DC converter and a DC-AC inverter. • Analyse the power quality and harmonics. Design the basic filters to smooth the converter output and to improve the power quality. • Explain the practical issues in converter design. • Appreciate the applications of power electronics and the development of new devices.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 30 × 1 hour 4 X 1 hour Example Classes 2 X 1 hour Revision Classes 12 hours Labs Total 48 hours

Departmental link

www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/es3e0

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3E0-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assignment 1 10%
  Assignment 2 10%
  3 hour examination (Summer) 80%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Electronic Engineering (H634) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering (H635) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Year in Research (H637) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 3
  • MEng Electronic Engineering with Intercalated Year (H636) - Year 4
Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 3