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Empowering Currents: A Journey through Power Electronics


Beginner Level:

Week 1-2: Introduction to Power Electronics

  • Overview of power electronics and its applications
  • Basic components: diodes, transistors (BJT, MOSFET, IGBT)
  • Introduction to power semiconductor devices and their characteristics

Week 3-4: Power Semiconductor Devices

  • Detailed study of diodes: ideal diode model, characteristics, and applications
  • Bipolar Junction Transistors (BJTs): structure, operation, and applications
  • Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistors (MOSFETs): structure, operation, and applications

Week 5-6: Power Conversion Basics

  • Rectifiers: half-wave, full-wave, and bridge rectifiers
  • Introduction to DC-DC converters: buck, boost, and buck-boost converters
  • Understanding AC-DC converters: single-phase and three-phase rectifiers

Intermediate Level:

Week 7-8: Switching Converters

  • Introduction to pulse-width modulation (PWM)
  • Detailed study of PWM techniques: voltage mode control, current mode control
  • Analysis and design of buck, boost, and buck-boost converters

Week 9-10: AC-DC Converters

  • Three-phase rectifiers: six-pulse and twelve-pulse rectifiers
  • Introduction to power factor correction (PFC) techniques
  • Design and analysis of AC-DC converters with PFC

Week 11-12: Inverters

  • Introduction to inverters: single-phase and three-phase inverters
  • Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) inverters: voltage source inverters (VSI) and current source inverters (CSI)
  • Analysis and design of PWM inverters

Advanced Level:

Week 13-14: Resonant Converters

  • Introduction to resonant converters
  • Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) and Zero Current Switching (ZCS) techniques
  • Design and analysis of resonant converters: LLC resonant converter, series resonant converter

Week 15-16: Multilevel Converters

  • Introduction to multilevel converters
  • Cascaded H-Bridge converters
  • Analysis and design of multilevel converters for high-power applications

Week 17-18: Emerging Topics

  • Wide bandgap (WBG) power semiconductor devices: SiC and GaN devices
  • Power electronic applications in renewable energy systems
  • Power electronics in electric vehicles and grid integration

Week 19-20: Project and Review

  • Final project: Design and simulation of a power electronic system
  • Review of advanced topics and recent research developments

This syllabus covers a wide range of topics in power electronics, starting from the fundamentals and progressing to advanced concepts. It provides a solid foundation for students to understand and apply power electronic principles in various engineering applications.

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