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Fall 2011: EECS 418 Power Electronics

Course No.: 418
Credit Hours: 4
Instructor: H. Hofmann
Prerequisites: EECS 215 and EECS 216, and preceded or accompanied by EECS 320, or graduate standing

Course Description:
Lectures: Monday & Wednesday 3-4:30 Lab: Thursday or Friday 3-6

Meeting the future's energy and environmental challenges will require the efficient conversion of energy. For example, renewable forms of energy must be integrated with the nation's 60Hz AC electricity grid. Furthermore, hybrid electric vehicles require efficient energy conversion in order to improve their fuel economy over conventional vehicles. Power electronic circuits are a key component of these systems. Power electronic circuits are circuits that efficiently convert one form of electrical energy (e.g., AC, DC) into another.

This course will discuss the circuit topologies used to efficiently convert AC electrical power to DC, DC power from one voltage to another, and DC power to AC power. The components used in these circuits (e.g., diodes, transistors, capacitors, inductors) will also be covered in detail. A key aspect of power electronic circuits is the control algorithm used to achieve the desired behavior (e.g., output voltage regulation), and so control theory as it applies to these circuits will also be discussed. [More Info]