ELEC5504 Power Electronics

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The topics covered in this unit include diode rectifiers, three-phase diode rectifiers, thyristor controlled rectifiers, DC/DC converters, single-phase inverters, three-phase PWM inverters and magnetics. Students are able to acquire in-depth technical competence in (1) understanding the principles and characteristics of power electronics circuits and systems; (2) determination of suitable topologies and control mechanisms to satisfy power conversion requirements; and (3) predicting the capabilities and performance of standard power converters.
Students are able to (1) explain the principle of operation of diode and thyristor rectifiers, DC/DC converters, inverters and AC voltage controllers; (2) analyse and design diode and thyristor rectifiers, DC/DC converters, inverters, AC voltage controllers, inductors and isolation transformers; (3) demonstrate the ability to use datasheets of power electronics devices and related ICs for the design of power electronics circuits; (4) explain the characteristics of power electronics devices; (5) analyse and design adjustable speed DC and AC motor drives; (6) perform analysis and design of power electronics circuits using software packages, PSpice and PSIM; and (7) demonstrate professional engineering skills and abilities when working in teams.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratories and assignment; (2) a project presentation; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Herbert Iu
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
the Master of Renewable and Future Energy; for pre-2012 courses: ELEC3301 Circuits and Electronic Systems
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3017 Circuits and Electronics
ELEC8380 Advanced Power Electronics Applications in Power Systems
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
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