POWER ELECTRONICS - 2021/2
Module code: EEE3026
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Expected prior learning: Modules EEE2033 – Electronics III: Circuits, Control and Communications, or equivalent learning. Knowledge of linear systems and of the basics of control engineering is particularly helpful.
Module purpose: This module aims to develop a better understanding of power semiconductor switching devices and various power converters. A detailed analysis of power converters like AC to DC phase controlled rectifiers, AC to AC, DC to DC converter & Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) inverters will be provided. In order to develop a broader understanding of this subject, a few domestic & industrial applications will be taught in this module.
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
SPOREA Radu (Elec Elec En)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: H610
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 96
Lecture Hours: 11
Tutorial Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 10
Captured Content: 22
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes the following:
 Power Semiconductor Switches and related electronic devices: Concept of power electronics, Basic structure, Switching characteristics and I-V characteristics of Thyristors, GTOs, Triacs, Diodes and Zener Diodes, BJTs and Design examples.
 Transistor amplifiers: CE, CB and CC configuration; AC and DC models and analysis; input and output impedances; coupling and decoupling; tuned amplifiers; multistage amplifiers. Design Examples.
 Other transistor circuits: current mirrors; differential stages; linear regulators. Design examples.
 AC to DC Phase Controlled Rectifiers: Principle of phase control, Single-phase half-wave & full-wave converters, Semi-converters and Design Examples
 Practical AC to DC Rectifiers: Dual converters, Three-phase converter system using diodes, Three-phase full bridge rectifiers and Design Examples.
 DC to AC Converters: Single-phase voltage source bridge inverters, Pulse-Width Modulated inverters and Design examples.
 DC to DC Converters: Principles of operation, Control strategies, Types of Choppers, Practical switched mode converters, Buck converter, Boost converter, Buck-Boost Converter and Design examples.
 AC Voltage Converters: Types of ac voltage controllers, Single-phase voltage controller and Design examples.
 Feedback Control for Converters: Converter models for feedback, Voltage-mode & current-mode controls for DC to DC converters, Introduction to state-space modelling for converters.
 Applications: Voltage regulation, Contactors, Uninterrupted power supplies, Introduction to HVDC transmission, A case study: Cross-channel HVDC link.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Examination Online||ONLINE (OPEN BOOK) EXAM WITHIN 24HR WINDOW||100|
Not applicable: students failing a unit of assessment resit the assessment in its original format.
The assessment strategy for this module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate the learning outcomes. The written examination will assess the analytical and problem solving skills, background understanding of electrical power systems and power conversion techniques and extend of transferable and professional skills that are relevant to the power industry.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of a 2-hour, closed-book written examination.
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive formative assessment/feedback in the following ways:
· During lectures, by question and answer sessions
· During tutorials/Problem based learning sessions
· Via peer assessed in-class quiz and discussions on AC to DC, DC to AC and DC to DC converters in week 10.
- The module introduces analogue electronic device operation, including power electronic switching devices. It covers power conversion techniques for various domestic and industrial applications.
|003||Evaluate the basic operations of power semiconductor switches used for power conversion||KC|
|004||Apply the basic principles of power electronics switching devices for designing converters||KC|
|005||Analyse and design AC to DC, DC to AC, DC to DC and AC to AC converters.||KP|
|006||Demonstrate an understanding of power conversion techniques for various practical applications.||KPT|
|001||Analyse and design simple transistor circuits utilising their static and dynamic characteristics.||KC|
|002||Describe the features and application of a range of transistor circuit configurations. Discuss circuit limitations and imperfections.||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to achieve the following aims.
Learning through regular lectures from Week 1 to 10. These lectures will include the problem solving sessions and in-class discussions.
Peer discussion and feedback session after formative assessment in Week 10.
Prepare for summative assessment through intensive in-class revision in Week 11.
Lecture notes will be provided and students are expected to do independent learning in addition to attending lectures and tutorials.
Learning and teaching methods include the following.
3 hours lecture per week x 10 weeks which includes class discussion and problem solving sessions.
3 hours in-class revision in Week 11.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems BEng (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering BEng (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology BEng (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Nanotechnology MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Communication Systems BEng (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Space Systems BEng (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Communication Systems MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Space Systems MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering with Computer Systems MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electronic Engineering MEng||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.