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INP9087838, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0520, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination POWER ELECTRONICS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge LUCA CORRADINI ING-INF/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/01 Electronics 9.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 3
Lecture 8.0 64 136.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2019/2020 01/10/2019 15/03/2021 CORRADINI LUCA (Presidente)
BUSO SIMONE (Membro Effettivo)
TENTI PAOLO (Supplente)

Prerequisites: The course requires preliminary notions of mathematics and physics for electrical engineering, fundamental notions of circuit theory, electronics, and theory of continuous-time as well as discrete-time signals and systems.
Target skills and knowledge: In this course students will acquire the following expertise:
- capability of analyzing the static and dynamic behavior of an analog-controlled or digitally controlled switched-mode dc-dc, ac-dc or dc-ac power converter;
- capability of analyzing and designing an analog or digital compensation for switched-mode power converters control;
- capability of using the Matlab/Simulink/PLECS software for system-level design and verification of analog-controlled or digitally controlled power converters;
- capability of performing basic static and dynamic characterization measurements on dc-dc power converters.
Examination methods: Verification of the expected expertise involves two tests, a written one and an oral one:
- The written test, performed at the computer, aims at verifying the student capability of carrying out simple analysis or design calculations on switched-mode power converters;
- The oral test aims at verifying the student knowledge of the course topics and his or her capability to autonomously derive the main results seen in class.

Part of the final score is determined by laboratory assignment reports turned in by the students.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation pertains the following aspects:
- the student capability to apply the notions acquired during the course to the design and control of dc-dc, dc-ac and ac-dc power converters;
- the student knowledge of the course topics and his or her capability to autonomously derive the main results seen in class;
- the student capability to apply the notions acquired during the course in a practical scenario of experimental evaluation of a dc-dc converter.
Course unit contents: - Introduction to power electronics;
- dc-dc Buck, Boost and Buck-Boost converters; steady-state analysis in continuous and discontinuous conduction modes;
- analog control of switched-mode power converters; averaged and small-signal modeling; standard PI and PID compensator design;
- digital control in power electronics: overview and main control platforms; discrete-time modeling techniques; standard digital PI and PID compensator design;
- high-quality power factor correction (PFC) rectifiers: main topologies, control techniques and dynamical models;
- single-phase inverters: topologies and modulation techniques;
- three-phase inverters: square wave, PWM and space vector modulations;
- laboratory activity: hands-on experiences on a dc-dc converter; controller design and experimental verification;
- use of MATLAB/Simulink/PLECS for system-level simulation and design of converters.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lecturing. A few lectures will take place in a PC room for CAD exercises on design and simulation of power converters, and in the teaching lab for hands-on experiences on a dc-dc power converter prototype.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reference material for the course is the following:

1) G. Spiazzi, L. Corradini, "Lecture Notes in Power Electronics", Libreria Progetto.
2) R. W. Erickson, D. Maksimovic, "Fundamentals of Power Electronics", Springer + Business Media, 2001, Second Edition.
3) L. Corradini, D. Maksimovic, P. Mattavelli, R. Zane, "Digital Control of High-Frequency Switched-Mode Power Converters", Wiley-IEEE Press, 2015.

Additional material will be made available to enrolled students via the course Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Spiazzi, L. Corradini, Lecture Notes in Power Electronics. --: Libreria Progetto, 2017. Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. W. Erickson, D. Maksimovic, Fundamentals of Power Electronics. --: Springer + Business Media, 2001. Second edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. Corradini, D, Maksimovic, P. Mattavelli, R. Zane, Digital Control of High-Frequency Switched-Mode Power Converters. --: Wiley-IEEE Press, 2015. Cerca nel catalogo
  • N. Mohan, T. Undeland, W. Robbins, Power Electronics: Converters, Applications, and Design. --: Wiley & Sons Inc., 1995. Second edition Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. G. Kassakian, M. F. Schlecht, G. C. Verghese, Principles of power electronics. --: Addison-Wesley, 1991. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Case study
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Affordable and Clean Energy