ECE 598 RPP - Selected Topics in Power Electronics

Spring 2016

Advanced Power ElectronicsECE598RPP60436LEC40930 - 1050 T R  3013 Electrical & Computer Eng Bldg Robert Pilawa-Podgurski


Official Description

Subject offerings of new and developing areas of knowledge in electrical and computer engineering intended to augment the existing curriculum. See Class Schedule or departmental course information for topics and prerequisites. Course Information: May be repeated in the same or separate terms if topics vary.

Section Description

Prerequisites: ECE 464 or equivalent. This course covers advanced topics in power electronics, including control, circuit topologies, inductor and transformer design, and high efficiency techniques such as resonant power conversion and light-load operation. Numerous application examples will be provided, such as solar photovoltaics, power-supply on a chip, and low-voltage, low-power converters used in portable electronic devices.


This course covers fundamental topics in power electronics through select readings and discussions of seminal papers in the field. The material goes deeper than that covered in conventional textbooks, where pioneering manuscripts from the field of power electronics over the last several decades are the key source of information. Additionally, new topics and review papers will be assigned to address emerging technologies in the field of power electronics and its applications.


Control of Power Electronics :

  • Digital control, sampling rates, pulse-width modulation, quantization noise, loop delays, sigma-delta modulation
  • Geometric control, state-space control, sliding-mode control
  • Power factor correction, self-tuning systems

Resonant and Soft-Switching Techniques

  • Resonant topologies: LLC, full-bridge, phase shift control, Class-E/F/Phi2
  • Quasi-resonant topologies

Magnetics Design:

  • Coupled magnetics, planar transformers, advanced loss modeling

Design and Optimization

  • Multi-objective optimization methods, Pareto front optimization, loss model development,

Power Devices

  • Wide bandgap semiconductors (SiC and GaN), module development, capacitor loss models.

Thermal Management

  • Heatsink design, thermal interface materials, electrical and thermal co-design

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