Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for
participation in the module
The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd
semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering with an
electrical specialisation or Master of Science in Sustainable
Energy Engineering with specialisation in Offshore Energy Systems
Content, progress and pedagogy of the
- Have a basic knowledge about figure of merit of present and
future wide-bandgap semiconductor materials (SiC, GaN, GaO,
- Have a solid knowledge about operating principles and founding
equations of modern power electronic devices: SCRs, MOSFETs, IGBTs,
rectifiers, FR diodes, Schottky diodes, HEMTs, etc.
- Have a solid knowledge about operating range basing on
real-life application, like LVDO, POL, power supplies, welding
machines, solar inverters, wind turbines, HVDC, etc.
- Have a basic knowledge about power electronic device design
principles, constraints and trade-offs
- Have a good understanding of simulation tools, both at device
level and circuit level (PSpice, LTSpice, etc.)
- Understanding of the interaction between the external circuit,
including driving circuit, and the power electronic device
- Have a good knowledge about abnormal conditions and
- Have a hands-on experience on real problems related to power
electronic devices, as driver selection, heatsink thermal design,
losses and efficiency estimation and measurement
- Be able to recognise and classify traditional and modern power
- Be able to test and characterize real power devices, both
statically and dynamically
- Be able to simulate with good accuracy electrical behaviour of
power electronic devices, including power losses and junction
- Be able to select an appropriate power devices for a given real
application, e.g. DC/DC or DC/AC converters
- Experience gained from practical tasks will let you be aware of
important implementation issues when designing power electronic
circuits, e.g. thermal design, safe operating area, etc.
- Be able to contribute to a professional team in design of power
electronic circuits with skills on part number selection, driving
design and simulation of traditional and modern power electronic
Type of instruction
The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops,
exercises, mini-projects and self-studies.
Extent and expected workload
Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to
be 150 hours for the student.
|Name of exam||Modern Power Electronic Devices and their Models|
|Type of exam|
Written and oral exam
Oral examination based on a delivered mini-project/test report
(individual or made in groups).
|Assessment||7-point grading scale|
|Type of grading||Internal examination|
|Criteria of assessment||As stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.