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An improved approach to application-specific power electronics education-switch characterization and modeling

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7 Author(s)
Trivedi, M. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Illinois Univ., Chicago, IL, USA ; McShane, E.A. ; Vijayalakshmi, R. ; Mulay, A.
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An integrated power electronics curriculum has been implemented in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago. This paper describes the development of a set of hands-on laboratory experiments to accompany classroom lectures. Content is based on switching converter topologies and commercial power semiconductor devices. Unlike most experiments, which focus on circuit- or control-level characteristics, our approach emphasizes the circuit-device-load interactions. The concept presented is innovative in that it creates a 3×3 matrix of experiment variation-devices, circuits-control, and machines-loads-with one set of hardware. The lab development is ongoing with future experiments to address three-phase converters and motor control applications. Experiment content is described, as well as the means by which the material has been integrated within the course sequence. Lab station construction and safety issues are also addressed. The experiments require hands-on measurement and circuit connection and complement the established course elements of theory and computer-based circuit modeling. Laboratory experiments and computer simulations collectively provide quantitative evidence of mixed circuit and device optimization

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:45 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Feb 2002

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