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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kwan Ng
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation)
or 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
BH011 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points
and ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Advisable prior study
ELEC3021 Circuits and Electronics
or ENSC3021 Circuits and Electronics
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
practical classes: 12 hours
labs: 9 hours
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