Concordia Power Electronics and Energy Research Group (PEER)

Graduate Courses

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Graduate Courses Description
ELEC 6411 Power Electronics I* (4 credits)
Introduction to power electronic systems. Semiconductor switches. Basic power converter configurations. Line commutated controlled and uncontrolled ac-dc rectifiers. Basic dc-dc converters. Pulse width modulation techniques. Basic dc-ac converters. Switching power supplies. Applications to industrial power supplies and motor Drives. Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Two hours per week.

ELEC 6421 Renewable Energy Systems * (4 credits)
This course covers electrical basics and models of solar energy (photo-voltaics); electrical power from wind energy (including turbine operation); electrical power from wave and tidal energy; electrical power from micro-hydro and biomass waste to energy. Fundamental energy equations will be derived from physics and the electrical power equations developed. Engineering design implications will be discussed. Design assignments are given to reinforce the engineering design based on fundamental physics. A project.
Note: Students who have received credit for ELEC 691Z (Renewable Energy Systems) may not take this course for credit.

ELEC 6431 Advanced Machines & Drives* (4 credits)

This course focuses on advanced modeling, design and control strategies of electrical machines. The real ABC models will be developed and motivation for a transformation made. The Park transform will be used to derive the d,q models of induction and synchronous machines. Vector control strategies will then be discussed, along with appropriate current control strategies and overall drive design concepts. The switched reluctance motor will be presented including techniques for modeling the nonlinear iron characteristics. The design of permanent magnet machines will be introduced. Eddy current loss models will also be presented. The synchronous reluctance motor will be introduced. A Design project will also be givenLectures: Three hours per week. Project: Two hours per week. .

Prerequisite:  ELEC 6491 or ELEC 6471


ELEC 6461 Power Electronics II (4 credits)

Circuits and operating principles of self commutated dc-dc and dc-ac converters. One and four quadrant dc-dc converters. Single-phase and three-phase voltage source and current source inverters. Pulse width modulation strategies. Resonant converters. Soft switching techniques. Isolated dc-dc converters. Application to Switch-mode power supplies, uninterruptible power supplies and ac motor drives. Lectures: three hours per week. Laboratory: two hours per week.
Prerequisite: ELEC 6411


ELEC 6471 Hybrid Electric Vehicle Power Systems Design & Control* (4 credits)

Introduction to Electric Vehicles (EV), Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV). Vehicle design fundamentals. Traction motors for EV/HEV propulsion. On-board energy sources and storage devices: high-voltage traction batteries, fuel cells, ultra-capacitors, flywheels. Power electronic converters and control. Various EV/HEV/Fuel Cell Vehicle topologies and modelling. Energy management strategies. Practical design considerations. Engineering impact of electric, hybrid electric, and fuel cell vehicles. Lectures: Three hours per week. Project: Two hours per week.
Prerequisite:  ELEC 433, ELEC 6411.

ELEC 6481 Computer-aided Analysis of Power Electronic Systems (4 credits)
Algorithms for the systematic formulation of equations for power electronic converters containing passive and active elements, and semiconductor switches. Modeling of semiconductor switching devices. Description of general-purpose simulation packages. Modeling of static power converters; average modeling. Simulation of power and control circuits. Design of controllers. Case studies of common converters. Lectures: Three hours per week. Project: Two hours per week.
Prerequisite: ELEC 6411

ELEC 6491 Controlled Electric Drives* (4 credits)
Elements of a drive system; characteristics of common mechanical systems; drive characteristics; operation in one, two or four quadrants. Control of dc motors; fully controlled rectifier drives; chopper drives. Control of polyphase induction motors; voltage-source inverter drives; current-source inverter drives; voltage control; slip-energy recovery. Control of synchronous motors; wound field motors; permanent magnet motors. Interface issues; harmonics; active rectifiers; motor application issues. Typical industrial drives. Lectures: three hours per week. Laboratory: Two hours per week.
Prerequisite: ELEC 6411

Ungraduate Courses Description
ELEC 331 Fundamentals of Electrical Power Engineering (3.75 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGR 273; ELEC 251. Review of fundamentals of AC circuit analysis. Overview of power systems. Three-phase circuits: balanced three-phase circuits with star and delta connected loads, power measurements. Magnetic circuits. Transformers. Power conversion techniques: single phase AC/DC rectifiers, DC/DC choppers and DC/AC converters. DC machines: Operating principle, separately excited DC motor, torque speed characteristics and control methods using rectifiers and choppers. Induction machines: Theory of three-phase induction machines, equivalent circuit parameters, efficiency, torque speed characteristics and control methods using inverters. Overview of power distribution systems. Safety codes. Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Three hours per week, alternate weeks.

ELEC 334 Electric Machinery (3.75 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGR 370. Three-phase circuits. Magnetic fields, circuits, and forces; transformers; basic features of rotating machines; models, characteristics and applications of dc machines, polyphase synchronous and induction machines. Lectures: three hours per week. Laboratory: three hours per week, alternate weeks.
Note: Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering students may not take this course for credit.

ELEC 431 Electrical Power Systems (3.75 credits)
Prerequisite: ELEC 331. Inductance, capacitance, resistance of polyphase transmission lines; current and voltage relations of transmission lines; load flow studies; symmetrical and unsymmetrical faults; power system stability. Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Three hours per week, alternate weeks.

ELEC 432 Control of Electrical Power Conversion Systems (3.75 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGR 372; ELEC 331. Basic considerations and control requirements. Control system principles and structures. Controller characteristics and operation. Static power conversion systems. Electromechanical systems and electrical machine modelling. Control system design. Applications to electric motor drives and typical power conversion systems. Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Three hours per week, alternate weeks.

ELEC 433 Power Electronics (3.75 credits)
Prerequisite: ELEC 311, ELEC 331. Introduction to power electronics: definition, applications and classification of converters. Review of analytical techniques. Overview of power semiconductor switches. AC/DC rectifiers. Switch mode DC/DC converters. Resonant mode DC/DC converters. DC/AC inverters. Lectures: Three hours per week. Laboratory: Three hours per week, alternate weeks.

ELEC 490 Electrical Engineering Project (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Final-year standing or permission of the Department; ENGR 411 concurrently. This will be a design project carried in groups of about four students under the direct supervision of a faculty member, and will normally be carried out over two terms. General project specifications and membership of design groups will be determined by the Department in consultation with faculty members and, where feasible, with industry. Each group will choose a group leader who will be responsible for overall coordination of the project. The project will consist of three phases with deadlines for completion determined by the Department. The first phase consists of the project specification and plan of work where each member of the group will submit in writing and orally, one portion of the total specification. This will be graded for content and quality of presentation. The second phase consists of project execution. The third phase consists of the preparation and presentation of a report. Again, each member of the group is expected to prepare a portion of the final report and to present it both in writing and orally. Tutorials will consist of meetings with the supervising faculty member, as well as some instruction and exercises on verbal and oral presentations. Tutorial: one hour per week, two terms. Equivalent laboratory time: four hours per week, two terms.
Note: Students are responsible for acquiring a complete set of instructions and the document Form and Style before beginning the project.


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