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EEE8147 : Advanced Power Electronics and Applications

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohamed Dahidah
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to cover selected areas of power electronics in greater depth. This includes: modeling and control of power converters, advanced dc/dc converters and multilevel and modular power electronic converters. The module aims also to explore the role of power electronic converters in emerging applications such as renewable energy integration and electrical transportation.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       Basic principles and background of dc/dc power electronics converters.
-       Basic control and modeling of dc/dc power converters.
-       Isolated dc/dc converters: fly-back and forward dc/dc converters, full-bridge dc/dc converters
-       Introduction to resonant power converters.
-       Introduction to multilevel and modular converters.
-       Application examples of power electronic converters, such as: electric vehicle battery chargers, grid-connected PV inverters, power electronics for utility applications, etc..

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Formatively assessed online NUMBAS test at the end of second week
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for online NUMBAS test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam (closed-book) in assessment period
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion241:0024:00Revision for final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:003x2hr lectures per week over 4 weeks
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials240:3012:00Non-synchronous recordings to support lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Writing of summatively assessed simulation design exercise report
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading185:0085:00Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:001x1hr tutorial per week, covering tutorial sheets and simulation exercises.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:001x1hr per week (online synchronous)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study240:3012:00Student study time of non-synchronous pre-recorded material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study43:0012:00Reading activity to supplement knowledge of material taught in each week.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous and non-synchronous lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving and practice are integrated into the lecture structure through tutorial sessions. Simulation experiments provide students with a context to apply the theoretical knowledge gained during lectures and reflect upon the principles in an applied context, but also to introduce them to virtual-laboratory and report writing skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A80Final exam.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M20Report of simulation experiments, 1500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline Test (NUMBAS) to be set at the end of week 2
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination allows students to demonstrate their ability to solve engineering problems focused on power electronics converters and their applications, based on the knowledge and methodology presented in the course material. The simulation exercise report assesses technical writing skills and provides the opportunity for the students to apply practical/design skills to validate the theory taught on the course. The formative computer-based assessment will assess the students’ current level of understanding of the material taught up to the middle of the block and provide useful feedback on strengths and weaknesses.

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