Course Details

ELE 454 Power Electronics
2021-2022 Fall term information

The course is not open this term

Timing data are obtained using weekly schedule program tables. To make sure whether the course is cancelled or time-shifted for a specific week one should consult the supervisor and/or follow the announcements.

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
POWER ELECTRONICS ELE454 8th Semester 3 0 3 6
Prerequisite(s)ELE230 Electronics I
Course languageEnglish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Problem Solving
Other: This course must be taken together with ELE456 POWER ELECTRONICS LABORATORY.  
Instructor (s)Faculty members 
Course objectiveThis course is designed to equip seniors with knowledge about operation characteristics and major application areas of modern power semiconductor devices, and associated power converters and to give them an ability to design and choose such systems for various industrial applications.  
Learning outcomes
  1. A student who completes the course successfully will L.O.1. Recognise and classify power semiconductor devices and their characteristics,
  2. L.O.2. Know the operating principles of the associated power converters,
  3. L.O.3. Be aware of major application areas of power converters in the industry,
  4. L.O.4. Apply the techniques learnt in the class to design power electronics systems for industrial applications,
  5. L.O.5. Have the adequate knowledge to follow and understand advanced up-to-date technologies in the field of power electronics.
Course ContentBasic Definitons, goals of electronic power conversion,
application areas, classification of power converters
Power Semiconductors
Loss Calculations and Cooling of Power Semiconductors
Rectifier Circuits
Converter Operation in Four Quadrants
AC Voltage Controllers
Protection of Power Converters
ReferencesPower Electronics, Lander, 3rd. Ed., Mc Graw Hill
Power Electronics: Converters, Applications and Design, Mohan, Undeland and
Robbins, 2nd Ed., John Wiley and Sons
Power Electronics ? Principles and Applications, Vithayathil, Mc Graw-Hill
Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices and Applications, Rashid, Prentice Hall
Power Electronics and AC Drives, Bose, Prentice Hall. 

Course outline weekly

Week 1Introduction - Basic Definitons, goals of electronics power conversion,
Week 2Power Semiconductors (Power Diodes and Thyristors)
Week 3Power Semiconductors (Power Transistors)
Week 4Power Semiconductors Driver Circuits and Application Areas
Week 5Loss Calculations and Cooling of Power Semiconductors
Week 6Rectifier Circuits (Single-Phase Rectifiers)
Week 7Rectifier Circuits (Three-Phase Rectifiers)
Week 8Rectifier Harmonics and Overlap Phenomenon
Week 9Example Problems
Week 10Converter Operation in Four Quadrants, AC Voltage Controllers
Week 11Midterm Exam
Week 12Chopper Circuits
Week 13Inverter Circuits
Week 14Protection of Power Converters
Week 15Preparation for Final exam
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam150
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes050
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes050

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 14 3 42
Laboratory 0 0 0
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)14456
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment5525
Midterms (Study duration)12525
Final Exam (Study duration) 12525
Total Workload3562173

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. PO1. Possesses the theoretical and practical knowledge required in Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline.    X 
2. PO2. Utilizes his/her theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and electrical and electronics engineering towards finding engineering solutions.    X
3. PO3. Determines and defines a problem in electrical and electronics engineering, then models and solves it by applying the appropriate analytical or numerical methods.   X  
4. PO4. Designs a system under realistic constraints using modern methods and tools.   X 
5. PO5. Designs and performs an experiment, analyzes and interprets the results.  X  
6. PO6. Possesses the necessary qualifications to carry out interdisciplinary work either individually or as a team member.   X  
7. PO7. Accesses information, performs literature search, uses databases and other knowledge sources, follows developments in science and technology.   X 
8. PO8. Performs project planning and time management, plans his/her career development. X   
9. PO9. Possesses an advanced level of expertise in computer hardware and software, is proficient in using information and communication technologies.  X  
10. PO10. Is competent in oral or written communication; has advanced command of English.  X  
11. PO11. Has an awareness of his/her professional, ethical and social responsibilities.   X 
12. PO12. Has an awareness of the universal impacts and social consequences of engineering solutions and applications; is well-informed about modern-day problems.    X
13. PO13. Is innovative and inquisitive; has a high level of professional self-esteem.   X 

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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