Catalogue 2020 - 2021

EE 434 Electrical Energy Converters/Inverters


3 cr.


EE 206 and EE 303.

Course Description

Electrical converters are an important component in portable electronics (especially digital electronics) where there is a need to efficiently convert standard battery voltages to other DC levels. The converter can be considered a DC to DC transformer. The inverter is an important component in electrical energy storage and management. The inverter takes the DC from such things as storage batteries and converts it to AC for distribution on a power network or to control electrical motors. Both devices play a major role in the management and distribution of renewable energy. This introductory course presents the foundation theory for analyzing and designing DC-DC converters (both buck and boost) as well as DC-AC inverters. Students will learn the various modeling schemes for switched electronic circuits starting with the idealized basics through to 'real world' practical complications. The course will also deal with how these devices have to be controlled to automatically compensate for changes in input energy and output loading (line and load regulation). To facilitate learning concepts and modeling various circuit topologies this course will make use of circuit simulation and mathematics software packages. Methods of assessing student learning include homework, quizzes, tests, and a short paper on some aspect of the material being studied.