• Offered by Research School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Areas of interest Engineering
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Evan Franklin
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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Modern power electronics devices and circuits are now in widespread use, across an ever-increasing number of power conversion and power control applications. The purpose of this course is to give a detailed introduction to the key aspects of power electronic circuits, components and design.

Techniques for analysing and designing switch-mode power supplies, DC-DC converters, power rectifiers,  static power inverters and universal power supplies are examined, along with electric machines, motors and transformers, and their associated power electronics drive requirements. The course also gives an overview of the electrical power system and power systems analysis, in the context of power electronics applications and their interaction with the power network.

This course will provide a strong foundation in power electronics for systems engineers and project engineers, including a strong laboratory component. This course should give students a very solid overview of topics that would often be covered in considerable detail in multiple power electrical engineering courses, with the goal of giving the students a good level of coverage of the fundamentals across the power systems and power electronics fields.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Objectives:Understand and demonstrate use of concepts in:
  • Three-phase power circuit analysis and transmission concepts.
  • Magnetic components: transformers, motors, energy transfer inductors
  • Power semiconductor device physics: diodes, transistors, thyristors, FETs, IGBTs
  • Switching circuits: AC-DC, rectifiers, converters, bridge circuits.
  • Switch-mode converters: DC-DC,DC-AC(PWM).
  • Snubber & soft switching.
  • Thermal considerations.
  • Some Power Distribution and Interface Issues.
    Synthesise knowledge for practical investigation of
  • Applications: power supplies, convertors, motor drives, etc.
  • Component ratings and protection methods.
  • Power quality issues: distortion and power factor.
  • Systems integration issues.Develop practical skills in:
  • Laboratory measurement technique
  • Characterisation of performance
  • Simulation
  • Integration of components into systems

Indicative Assessment

Assignments (6%); Laboratories (29%); Mid-semester quiz (10%); Project (10%); Final Exam (45%)

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Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying Master of Engineering 7710 or 7709 or 7711


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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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1994-2003 $2088
2014 $2952
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2190
2007 $2088
2006 $2088
2005 $2088
2004 $2088
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2005 $3534
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7848 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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