80220252 (Principles and Applications of Power Electronic Devices)

Course Name: Principles and Applications of Power Electronic Devices

Course Number: 80220252

Program: Graduate program

Type: Elective

Credits: 2

Term Offered: Fall

Prerequisite(s): Principle of electric circuit

Instructor(s): Zhengming Zhao, Liqiang Yuan


Principles and Applications of Power Electronic Devices, China Machine Press, 2010 (To be published)


Williams B W. Power electronics: Devices, drivers and applications. MacMillan Press Ltd., London, England, 2008

B Jayant Baliga. Power semiconductor devices. PWS Publications, 1996.

Course Description:

     The course is about the principles and applications of power semiconductor devices, which is the base of the power electronics technologies. This course focuses on the relationship between the outside behaviors and inner mechanism of the devices.

Course Objectives and Outcomes:

     Numbers in brackets are linked to department educational outcomes.

1.Students could master techniques of the basic principles of power semiconductor devices. [1, 3]

2.Students could master some application rules for the basic principles of power semiconductor devices.[2,5,6,7]

3.Students could get familiar with the process of scientific research and paper writing. [5, 6, 7, 10, 11]

4.Students could grasp the basic test skills for the power electronics converters. [4,5]

Course Topics:

1.Brief introduction to power semiconductor devices

2.Physics foundation of power semiconductor devices

3.Basic principles of power electronic devices

4.Properties and parameters of power electronic devices

5.Failure analysis of power electronic devices

6.The common problems in the application of power electronic devices

7.The future of the power electronic devices

Experiment(s): The device experiments, which is the entitled as projects as follows.


Half bridge driving and switching test on IGBT

 Learn the principle and advanced actual experimental equipment debugging ability, and both of the power and signal probing is trained.

Switching test and applications of DIP-CIB

 Test and analysis the behavior the IGBTs in an inverter-driven induction motor system which is closer to principle prototype of power electronic equipment.

Course Assessment:

       Two device experiments. 10 points for each.

       Two reports whose topics given by the instructor. 10 points for each.

       The open-book examination at the end of the term. 60 points.