The control and conversion of electric power using solid-state techniques are now commonplace in both the domestic and industrial environments. A knowledge and understanding of the diverse disciplines encompassed by Power Electronics: devices, converters, control theory and motor drive systems, is now essential to all power engineers. Power electronics, driven by the need for greater energy efficiency and more accurate control of a wide range of systems, is developing rapidly.
This course aims to provide specialist education in power electronics and drive techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices. It provides a specialist education in power electronics and drives techniques, covering key fundamental principles along with modern applications and current practices.
Students will develop:
the analytical and critical powers for the development of hardware and software required for power electronics and drives the ability to plan and undertake an individual project interpersonal, communication and professional skills the ability to communicate ideas effectively in written reports the technical skills to equip them for a leading career in power electronics or electrical machine drive systems an understanding of how power electronics are applied within key industries such as aerospace and power supply
Following the successful completion of the taught modules, an individual research project is undertaken during the summer term.
Previous research projects on this course have included:
Development of a microprocessor controlled variable speed permanent magnet motor for an aerospace application Experimental determination of induction motor torque-speed curves under variable speed Evaluation of stray reactance in a current source rectifier for marine propulsion motor drives and wind power generators Design, build and testing of a DSP-controlled switched reluctance motor for an automotive power assisted steering application