Introduction to Power Electronics

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Course Overview

Power electronics connects four subfields: electronics, magnetics, energy conversion and control systems. Using applications, examples and hands-on demonstrations, you will learn the basics and nuances.

Topics include:

  • Appliance power supplies
  • Cranes and elevators
  • Precision motion control
  • Renewable/alternative energy
  • Electric/hybrid-electric vehicles
  • Autonomous vehicle control
  • Smart distribution systems
  • Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS)

Course Outline

Review of diodes, semiconductors, fundamentals of power electronics

DC/DC converters 

Rectifiers 

Inductors 

Capacitors

Buck converter quick demo 

Single-phase inverters and modulation 

Three-phase inverters and modulation 

Gate drives and sensors 

Cooling, layout, and EMI considerations 

DC bus design considerations 

Laboratory demonstrations 

Resonant converters

Multi-level converters 

EMI

Thermal design of power electronics

Reliability of power electronics

New power semiconductor switches - SiC and GaN 

Instructors

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, Storrs,1988, M.E. degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, 1992, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997. At UW-Madison, Ryan worked in the WEMPEC labs on projects including dc–dc converters, variable-speed generation systems, and UPS inverter control.

Ryan is President of Ryan Consulting, involved in the application of Power Electronics and Controls, particularly for Alternative Energy systems. He has held prior positions at Capstone Turbine, General Electric Corporate Research and Development and Defense Systems divisions, Automated Dynamics, Otis Elevator, and Hamilton Standard.

Giri Venkataramanan

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thomas Jahns

Thomas M. Jahns is a Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Previously with GE Corporate R&D and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jahns has research interests in electric machines, drive system analysis and control, and power electronic modules.

F. Patrick McCluskey

Dr. Patrick McCluskey is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park and the Department’s Design and Systems Reliability Division Leader.  He has over 25 years of research experience in the areas of thermal management, reliability, and packaging of electronic systems for use in extreme temperature environments and power applications.  Dr. McCluskey has published three books and over 150 peer-reviewed technical articles with over 2500 citations. He is an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology, a member of the board of governors of the IEEE Electronic Packaging Society, a fellow of IMAPS and a member of ASME and AIAA.  

 

Bulent Sarlioglu

Bulent Sarlioglu is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the associate director of the Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC). He previously worked at Honeywell International Inc.'s aerospace division for 11 years, most recently as a staff systems engineer, earning Honeywell's technical achievement award in 2003 and an outstanding engineer award in 2011. Bulent’s expertise includes electrical machines, drives, and power electronics and he is the inventor or co-inventor of 15 US patents as well as many international patents. He received his PhD from University of Wisconsin–Madison, MS from University of Missouri–Columbia, and BS from Istanbul Technical University, all in electrical engineering.

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