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Introduction to Modern Power Electronics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-40103-3
456 pages
March 2010
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A Thorough Overview of the Tools and Techniques of Modern Power Electronics—Now Fully Updated

Over the past decade, the field of power electronics has seen a surge of new trends and novel applications—from the growing significance of PWM rectifiers and multilevel inverters to the widespread use of power converters in electric and hybrid vehicles and renewable energy systems. This new edition of Introduction to Modern Power Electronics provides comprehensive coverage of everything from the basic principles and methods of electronic power conversion to the latest developments in the field.

More concise and user-friendly than other textbooks on the subject, this streamlined guide presents essential material that can be covered easily in a one-semester course. It defines the basic types of power conversion and control, presents the electronic converters that process power for a variety of applications, and describes the various semiconductor power switches and complimentary components and systems of the converters. This Second Edition also features:

  • In-depth discussions of all power conversion types: ac-to-dc, ac-to-ac, dc-to-dc, and dc-to-ac

  • An overview of advanced control methods used in today’s power electronic converters

  • A new chapter on the applications of power electronics in clean energy systems

  • An extensive body of examples, exercises, computer assignments, and simulations

  • An Instructor’s Manual with solutions to all problems

In addition, a companion set of forty-eight PSpice text files of typical power conversion circuits is available online, constituting a virtual laboratory of power electronics. This valuable teaching tool contains models of most of the converters covered in the book, giving students the opportunity to tinker with the converters and see how they actually work.

Ideal for undergraduate students specializing in electrical engineering, industrial engineering, or renewable energy, Introduction to Modern Power Electronics is also a handy reference tool for graduate students and practicing engineers.

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Table of Contents


1 Principles and Methods of Electric Power Conversion.

1.1 What Is Power Electronics?

1.2 Generic Power Converter.

1.3 Waveform Components and Figures of Merit.

1.4 Phase Control.

1.5 Pulse Width Modulation.

1.6 Calculation of Current Waveforms.

1.6.1 Analytical Solution.

1.6.2 Numerical Solution.

1.6.3 Practical Examples: Single-Phase Diode Rectifiers.

1.7 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


2 Semiconductor Power Switches.

2.1 General Properties of Semiconductor Power Switches.

2.2 Power Diodes.

2.3 Semicontrolled Switches.

2.3.1 SCRs.

2.3.2 Triacs.

2.4 Fully Controlled Switches.

2.4.1 GTOs.

2.4.2 IGCTs.

2.4.3 Power BJTs.

2.4.4 Power MOSFETs.

2.4.5 IGBTs.

2.5 Comparison of Semiconductor Power Switches.

2.6 Power Modules.

2.7 Summary.


3 Supplementary Components and Systems.

3.1 What Are Supplementary Components and Systems?

3.2 Drivers.

3.2.1 Drivers for SCRs, Triacs, and BCTs.

3.2.2 Drivers for GTOs and IGCTs.

3.2.3 Drivers for BJTs.

3.2.4 Drivers for Power MOSFETs and IGBTs.

3.3 Overcurrent Protection Schemes.

3.4 Snubbers.

3.4.1 Snubbers for Power Diodes, SCRs, and Triacs.

3.4.2 Snubbers for GTOs and IGCTs.

3.4.3 Snubbers for Transistors.

3.4.4 Energy Recovery from Snubbers.

3.5 Filters.

3.6 Cooling.

3.7 Control.

3.8 Summary.


4 AC-to-DC Converters.

4.1 Diode Rectifiers.

4.1.1 Three-Pulse Diode Rectifier.

4.1.2 Six-Pulse Diode Rectifier.

4.2 Phase-Controlled Rectifiers.

4.2.1 Phase-Controlled Six-Pulse Rectifier.

4.2.2 Dual Converters.

4.3 PWM Rectifiers.

4.3.1 Impact of Input Filter.

4.3.2 Principles of Pulse Width Modulation.

4.3.3 Current-Type PWM Rectifier.

4.3.4 Voltage-Type PWM Rectifier.

4.4 Device Selection for Rectifiers.

4.5 Common Applications of Rectifiers.

4.6 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


5 AC-to-AC Converters.

5.1 AC Voltage Controllers.

5.1.1 Phase-Controlled Single-Phase AC Voltage Controller.

5.1.2 Phase-Controlled Three-Phase AC Voltage Controllers.

5.1.3 PWM AC Voltage Controllers.

5.2 Cycloconverters.

5.3 Matrix Converters.

5.4 Device Selection for AC-to-AC Converters.

5.5 Common Applications of AC-to-AC Converters.

5.6 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


6 DC-to-DC Converters.

6.1 Static DC Switches.

6.2 Step-Down Choppers.

6.2.1 First-Quadrant Chopper.

6.2.2 Second-Quadrant Chopper.

6.2.3 First-and-Second-Quadrant Chopper.

6.2.4 First-and-Fourth-Quadrant Chopper.

6.2.5 Four-Quadrant Chopper.

6.3 Step-Up Chopper.

6.4 Current Control in Choppers.

6.5 Device Selection for Choppers.

6.6 Common Applications of Choppers.

6.7 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


7 DC-to-AC Converters.

7.1 Voltage-Source Inverters.

7.1.1 Single-Phase Voltage-Source Inverter.

7.1.2 Three-Phase Voltage-Source Inverter.

7.1.3 Voltage Control Techniques for Voltage-Source Inverters.

7.1.4 Current Control Techniques for Voltage-Source Inverters.

7.2 Current-Source Inverters.

7.2.1 Three-Phase Square-Wave Current-Source Inverter.

7.2.2 Three-Phase PWM Current-Source Inverter.

7.3 Multilevel Inverters.

7.4 Soft-Switching Inverters.

7.5 Device Selection for Inverters.

7.6 Common Applications of Inverters.

7.7 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


8 Switching Power Supplies.

8.1 Basic Types of Switching Power Supplies.

8.2 Nonisolated Switched-Mode DC-to-DC Converters.

8.2.1 Buck Converter.

8.2.2 Boost Converter.

8.2.3 Buck–Boost Converter.

8.2.4 Ĉuk Converter.

8.2.5 SEPIC and Zeta Converters.

8.2.6 Comparison of Nonisolated Switched-Mode DC-to-DC Converters.

8.3 Isolated Switched-Mode DC-to-DC Converters.

8.3.1 Single-Switch Isolated DC-to-DC Converters.

8.3.2 Multiple-Switch Isolated DC-to-DC Converters.

8.3.3 Comparison of Isolated Switched-Mode DC-to-DC Converters.

8.4 Resonant DC-to-DC Converters.

8.4.1 Quasi-Resonant Converters.

8.4.2 Load-Resonant Converters.

8.4.3 Comparison of Resonant DC-to-DC Converters.

8.5 Summary.



Computer Assignments.


9 Power Electronics and Clean Energy.

9.1 Why Is Power Electronics Indispensable in Clean Energy Systems?

9.2 Solar and Wind Renewable Energy Systems.

9.2.1 Solar Energy Systems.

9.2.2 Wind Energy Systems.

9.3 Fuel Cell Energy Systems.

9.4 Electric and Hybrid Cars.

9.5 Power Electronics and Energy Conservation.

9.6 Summary.


Appendix A PSpice Simulations.

Appendix B Fourier Series.

Appendix C Three-Phase Systems.


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Author Information

ANDRZEJ M. TRZYNADLOWSKI is Professor at the Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno. He has published extensively in the areas of power electronics and electric drives, maintaining fruitful collaboration with a number of universities around the world. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); a member of the Industrial Power Converters Committee and Industrial Drives Committee of the IEEE Industry Applications Society; and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics.
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