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Introduction to Power Electronics

University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Electrical Engineering
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 6-9 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 3 weeks long
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This course introduces the basic concepts of switched-mode converter circuits for controlling and converting electrical power with high efficiency. Principles of converter circuit analysis are introduced, and are developed for finding the steady state voltages, current, and efficiency of power converters. Assignments include simulation of a dc-dc converter, analysis of an inverting dc-dc converter, and modeling and efficiency analysis of an electric vehicle system and of a USB power regulator.

After completing this course, you will:
● Understand what a switched-mode converter is and its basic operating principles
● Be able to solve for the steady-state voltages and currents of step-down, step-up, inverting, and other power converters
● Know how to derive an averaged equivalent circuit model and solve for the converter efficiency

A basic understanding of electrical circuit analysis is an assumed prerequisite for this course.


Ch 1: Introduction
An introduction to power electronics and to the Coursera specialization

Ch 2: Steady-State Converter Analysis
How to find the ideal steady-state voltages and currents of a switched-mode converter

Ch 3: Steady-State Equivalent Circuit Modeling, Losses, and Efficiency
Equivalent circuit modeling of switching converters, to predict their power conversion functions and efficiency under steady-state conditions

Taught by

Robert Erickson

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Scott S
5.0 2 years ago
by Scott completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This is an excellent course and teaches the latest methods for circuit analysis of power converter circuits. However, the material is difficult in that it would greatly help if the student had some pre-exposure to Switch-mode Power Supply design. The professor is clear and concise but that doesn't make the material easy. You must put effort into this class and the results will be very worth the effort.
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