Course Outline (F2023)

ELE754: Power Electronics

Instructor(s)Dr. David Xu [Coordinator]
Office: ENG320
Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 556075
Office Hours: Tuesday 12-2PM
Calendar DescriptionA course in power electronics and solid-state converters. Major topics include switching devices (SCR, MOSFET, IGBT, GTO, etc.), non-isolated and isolated DC-DC switched-mode converters, diode and thyristor bridges, voltage-sourced converters (inverters and rectifiers), and industry applications of power electronics. Typical digital and analog control schemes for power electronic converters will also be discussed. Important concepts are illustrated through computer and/or hardware labs.
PrerequisitesELE 504




Compulsory Text(s):
  1. "Power Electronics -- Converters, Applications, and Design" by N. Mohan, T.M. Undeland, and W.P. Robbins, 3rd Edition, 2003, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-471-22693-2.
Reference Text(s):
  1. “Fundamental of Power Electronics, Second Edition” by R.W. Erickson and D. Maksimovic, published by Springer Science+Business Media Inc.
Learning Objectives (Indicators)  

At the end of this course, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Interconnect the concepts of various engineering knowledge to design and solve the real world engineering problem. (1c)
  2. Predict the outcomes of power converter experiment and justify the assumptions given. (3b)
  3. Generate solutions for more complex power converter design. (4b)
  4. Design and develop software to perform the given tasks in the project. (5a)
  5. Demonstrate and explain the result using graphics, waveforms and others. (7c)
  6. Perform projects and lab works in groups. (8a)
  7. Design and develop power converters suitable for wind turbine and solar panel. (9a)

NOTE:Numbers in parentheses refer to the graduate attributes required by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB).

Course Organization

3.0 hours of lecture per week for 13 weeks
2.0 hours of lab per week for 12 weeks
0.0 hours of tutorial per week for 12 weeks

Teaching AssistantsShirin Hosseini:
 Uday Kiran Elemasetty:
Course Evaluation
Midterm Examination 25 %
Final Examination 40 %
Quizzes 10 %
Digital controlled power electronic platform 5 %
Digital controlled dc-dc converter and dc motor drive 10 %
Digital controlled IGBT inverter and induction motor drive 10 %
TOTAL:100 %

Note: In order for a student to pass a course, a minimum overall course mark of 50% must be obtained. In addition, for courses that have both "Theory and Laboratory" components, the student must pass the Laboratory and Theory portions separately by achieving a minimum of 50% in the combined Laboratory components and 50% in the combined Theory components. Please refer to the "Course Evaluation" section above for details on the Theory and Laboratory components (if applicable).

ExaminationsTwo quizzes are tentatively scheduled in the class of week 4 and week 10, half-hour each, open-book test;
 Midterm exam is approximately in Week 7, three hours, close-book;
 Final exam, during exam period, three hours, close-book;
 Details will be announced in D2L.
Other Evaluation InformationTwo formal reports on the projects are required. Each report will be assessed not only on
 academic and laboratorial performance, but also on the communication skills exhibited.
Other Information1) Each lab may contain micro-controller control code and experiment. The sample code (in C language) will be provided in D2L
 2) A formal report is required for each lab. The reports should be submitted via D2L before the deadline.
 3) The laboratory component is not only evaluated based on the reports but also the lab
 performance during the lab class.

Course Content



Chapters /

Topic, description




DC-DC Switch Mode Converters
 1.1 Introduction
 1.2 Non-isolated DC/DC Converters
 1.3 Isolated DC/DC Converters
 1.4 Choppers
 1.5 Control of dc-dc converters




Diode and Thyristor Rectifiers
 2.1 Introduction
 2.2 Single and three phase diode rectifiers
 2.3 Total harmonic distortions and power factor
 2.4 Single and three phase thyristor (SCR) rectifiers
 2.5 Control of thyristor rectifiers






pp.200-248 & 399-434

Inverters (dc -ac converters)
 3.1 Introduction
 3.2 Single-phase Inverters
 3.3 Three-phase IGBT Inverters
 3.4 PWM techniques
 3.5 Current source Inverters
 3.6 Induction Motor Speed Control



pp.354-364 367-398 460-504

 4.1 Introduction
 4.2 Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS)
 4.3 Power supplies
 4.4 AC/DC Motor drives
 4.5 Active power filters
 4.6 Static var compensators
 4.7 Electronic ballasts




Design Considerations
 5.1 Introduction
 5.2 Snubber circuit design
 5.3 Gate drive circuits
 5.4 Heatsink design

Laboratory(L)/Tutorials(T)/Activity(A) Schedule






Digital controlled power electronic platform


Project 1

Digital controlled dc-dc converter and dc motor drive


Project 2

Digital controlled IGBT inverter and induction motor drive

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