40220452 (Power Electronics Simulation)

Course Name: Power Electronics Simulation

Course Number: 40220452

Program: Undergraduate program

Type: Elective

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): Principles of Electric Circuits, Power Electronic Devices, Principles of Automatic Control

Instructor(s):  Zhu Guiping


Zhu Guiping, Chen Jianye. The Application of Computer Simulation in Power Electronics (2nd Edition). Tsinghua University Press, 2008. (in Chinese)

Course Description:

The course is about the main simulation methods of power electronic systems. The simulation is divided into three stages: device simulation, equipment simulation and system simulation. Even for the same device or equipment, different models are applied for different simulation stages. Detailed device models, subcircuit models, state average method, discrete average method, switch mode power supply, SVC and some other popularized models, methods and systems are introduced.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes

1.Students should skillfully master the methods for analyzing various circuits. [1, 2]

2.Students are in touch with the current circuits elements, such as MOSFET and Op Amps. [10]

3.Students are familiar with a certain number of terminologies, which will be used repeatedly in the successive learning and studying. [5]

4.Students are familiar with various intuitive ideas in electrical engineering, e.g. equivalent transform perspective, abstract perspective, and engineering approximation perspective [3, 5, 11]

Course Topics:

1.Introduction to power electronic simulation.

2.Overview of power electronic simulation tools, emphasis is on OrCAD.

3.Key points on simulation by OrCAD.

4.Key points on simulation by Matlab.

5.Key points on simulation by PSCAD.

6.Detailed device models of fundamental power electronic devices, such as diode, transistor, thyristor, MOSFET and IGBT.

7.Subcircuit model and mathematical models of modern power electronic devices, such as GTO, IGCT and IGBT.

8.Normal methods for model power electronic devices in equipments. Five models are compared, they are detailed device model, ideal switch model, state average model, average model in source period and average model in switch period.

9.Matrix converter simulation methods. Two level and three level switch function are introduced.

10.Non-matrix converter simulation methods (1). They are piece-wise-linear method, operator method, state average method and discrete average method.

11.Non-matrix converter simulation methods (2). They are PWM switch model, sampling data method and discretization method in time domain. Reliability of simplified models is discussed, and brief introduction is given on simulation of discontinuous current mode (DCM).

12.Overview of power electronic system simulation. Simplified models of converters which are suitable for system simulation, and magnetic elements model and motor model.

13.Summarized introduction on switch mode power supply simulation.

14.Summarized introduction on SVC and STATCOM simulation.

15.Other simulation tools, such as MyPower and RTDS, stability of simulation system.

Course Assessment:

  Homework measures, 10 pieces, 10 points per piece.