Catalogue of Modules, University of Nottingham

H63PED Power Electronic Design
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  3rd Year and MSc students in The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Understanding of transients in RL and RC networks, single-phase rectification, inductive and capacitive smoothing, diode and thyristor characteristics.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module provides students with an understanding of the operational principles of power electronic converters and their associated systems. This module covers:

Module Web Links:
  • H63PED web link
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    One two-hour lecture per week.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 2 hour exam 

    Professor J Clare

    Education Aims:  The aim of this module is to provide an in depth knowledge of power electronics at a level suitable for final year undergraduate students. Since power electronics is a rapidly growing subject the course tries to reflect this by covering the well established and widely used technologies (such as three phase rectification) as well as more recent developments such as resonant converters. The increasing importance of power quality is also addressed and various high power factor utility interface circuits are discussed. Inverter circuits employing pulse width modulation (PWM) are studied due to their very widespread use in variable speed drives and power supply systems. High power (multi-level) converter structures are then discussed. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on circuits and their applications rather than on the technology of power switching devices.

    Learning Outcomes:  

    By the end of the module, students should be able to: