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Last approved: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:01:21 GMT

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ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
533
006117
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Power Electronics Design & Packaging
Pwr Elect Des & Pkg
College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering (14ECE)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Every Year
Spring 2017
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
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Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ECE 792Spr 20136
ECE 592Spr 201510
ECE 592Spr 201610
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Douglas C. Hopkins, PhD
Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2020NoCourse enrollment numbers should increase with a permanent number.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: ECE 434 or with permission of instructor

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course introduces design of high-performance power electronic circuits where the integrated physical topology must be considered as part of the circuit, and provides an understanding of the multitude of parasitic elements created by circuit layout, materials and fabrication techniques. This prepares the student for high-density, high-frequency design of converters, gate drive circuits and resonant topologies. The student is also introduced to a power-electronics packaging lab and primary fabrication processes, such as Direct Bonded Copper (DBC) module construction with heavy-wire bonding, two-sided and 3D power modules in layered polymers, and high-voltage isolation of circuits with encapsulate in modules.

A new research program has been established in support of the FREEDM Systems Center's and ECE’s departmental educational goals. The program establishes a new teaching and research laboratory (building EB2, room B005) for power electronics design and packaging, and augments existing electronics and power electronics courses. This course has also been designated as core to the EPSE Masters program. Students at the graduate level will learn about physical circuits and broaden their design methods to be multidisciplinary. The 500 level has been chosen to accommodate advanced senior undergraduates that have interest in power electronics. Hence, the prerequisites allow for extension into the undergraduate program and linkages with the ECE 434 Fundamentals of Power Electronics course, or other electronics courses. (It should be noted that power electronics is based on the electronics sciences and not ‘electrical power systems’.)


No

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Requisites and Scheduling
 
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College(s)Contact NameStatement Summary
College of EngineeringDr. Richard Gould, MAESupportive and envisions eventually having MAE students involved
College of EngineeringDr. HarryssonSupportive, sharing lectures, and CAMAL (Center) providing interactive projects
Course is taught once per year as part of regular teaching load. Only a technology ready classroom is needed.

Students taking ECE 533 will develop practical and theoretical skills in the design of power electronic systems beyond software driven design and analysis outcomes. The course focuses on the physical implications of design, and on tools (such as multi-physics FEA modeling and simulation). 


Student Learning Outcomes

-Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of physical (electrical, thermal and mechanical) performance metrics in power electronic circuits


- Conduct multiphysics simulations with understanding of physical (electrical, thermal and mechanical)


metrics


-  Determine electrical parasitic elements in physical power electronic circuits by inspection and testing


-  Design a high-performance power electronic circuit for a given application


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Quiz30%Given weekly to reinforce HW and encourage class attendance. Students are encouraged to collaborate on HW.
Midterm25%Formal testing of material covered in notes and lecture
Project15%Design driven to check skill development in modeling and simulation
Final Exam30%Design focused take home exam that brings together a complete design process, including suggestion of a fabrication process.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
1. Introduction to electro-physical PE systems1-1.5 wksIntroduction to electro-physical PE systems with presentation and discussion of physical specimens; intro of a Framework to understand multidisciplinary electro-physical design; and review of the complete cradle-to-grave design process of a power supply. A key discussion is understanding of terminology.
2. Introduction to Equipment and Fabrication Processes~1 wkIntroduce equipment and fabrication procedures for creating power circuits in organic and ceramic materials, includes tour of the PREES lab in EB2
3. Self Directed Readings in Power Modules2nd & 3rd QtrAssign parallel self-directed readings in power module design and fabrication from the CRC text.
4. Modeling & Simulation with Multiphysics Software1.5 wksBackground and usage of parameter estimation software (Q3D), electrical circuit analysis (PLECS & SPICE), and multiphysics simulation and analysis software (COMSOL).
5. Power Semiconductors & Packaging 1 wkSpecific lecture modules will include dielectric materials, housing/molding materials, metals/metallization materials; power semiconductor devices and testing; and interpreting data sheets
6. High Frequency & Resonant Circuit Design1 - 1.5 wksLectures in high frequency circuits including resonance; tying together   time & frequency domains; introduction to EMC/EMI design techniques; and review of pulse power electronics and measurement techniques. Beginning of Circuit Design Project. Student begins design of their own buck or boost circuit to fabricate in PREES Lab.
7. Thermal & Heat Transfer Systems1 wkIntroduce thermal circuits and thermal management; modeling, simulation, materials; and development of Design Guidelines. Provide applications and representative circuit layouts.
8.Stress & Strain in Mechanical Structures1.5 wksIntorduce mechanical structures and stress management in PE circuits and modules. Introduction to Reliability Testing
9. Power Circuit Design Process0.5 wksIntroduce PE circuits, including a buck or boost converter as an possible project topic. Model the design process of a circuit based on uses of glass epoxy and DBC substrates.
10. MIDTERM1 Lect.MIDTERM – In-class test & Simulation Project. Begin circuit fabrication in PREES Lab. 
11. High Frequency Gate Drive Design1.5 wksLectures on high-frequency Gate Drive circuits, designs and interactions with the power circuit. Design covers high-voltage (10’s kV) systems.
12. Electro-Physical Gate Drive Design1.5-2 wksModel the design process for electro-physical design of a gate driver circuit. Included are multiphysics simulation, and lab fabrication experience.
13. Additive Manufacturing0.75-1 wksIntroduction of 3D printing of PE systems with tours of the I&SE Lab
14. Course Summary1-2 wksSummation, review and modeling in class of a complete high performance power electronics circuit, including gate drive effects. Completion of Project
15. FINAL EXAMExam wkFINAL EXAM – Take-home exam focused on circuit designs impacted by various fabrication processes.
mlnosbis 1/13/2017: 1) Suggest using a different number, 537 is avaialble, since the prerequisite is 534. The prerequisite should be lower than this number. 2) Syllabus needs improvement on a few required items from the Graduate Syllabus Checklist: items 10 (grade breakdown, what constitutes the different letter grades), 11 (late assignments), 12 (attendance policy). 3) Why is textbook TBD on syllabus? When is this determined? Are all that are listed available electronically?

mlnosbis 2/14/2017: Still need to address the following:
1) Suggest using a different number, 537 is avaialble, since the prerequisite is 534. The prerequisite should be lower than this number
2) Syllabus needs improvement on a few required items from the Graduate Syllabus Checklist: item 4 (cost of texts), 10 (grade breakdown, what constitutes the different letter grades), 11 (late assignments),

2/15/2017: Syllabus has been updated.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-The syllabus is very difficult to read, especially the area of grading and percentages. I suggest redo this area and detail more about the mini projects and what exactly the instructor is looking for in each.
dgyu (Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:49:09 GMT): Rollback: Elaborate on student outcomes and fix typos.
dchopki2 (Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:01:18 GMT): Changes mades 02 Feb 2017.
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