2019-2020 / ELEC0055-1

Element of power Electronics

Part A

Part B


Part A : 30h Th, 6h Pr
Part B : 24h Proj.

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Electromechanical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering5 crédits 


Part A : Fabrice Frebel
Part B : Fabrice Frebel


Fabrice Frebel

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part A

Description of the course:
This course introduces the essential concepts for creating a power electronics converter. It covers power electronics circuits, the design of magnetic elements such as inductors and transformers, as well as control and measurement methods.
The electronics circuits which are studied are used in applications that require an electrical power source. They can be found in a large range of products starting from small battery powered portable devices such as cell phones or laptop computers up to the high power converters used in electric cars.
Table of contents:
PART I: Bases
Design of magnetic components: inductances and transformers.
Static models: continuous, discontinuous and boundary conduction modes.
Switch realization (MOSFETs and diodes).
PART II: Topologies and applications
Topologies and their applications.
PART III: Digital control
Continuous-time averaged modeling of DC-DC converters, discrete time modeling and digital control.

Part B

The practical work consists in creating a power electronics converter. The project covers all the stages of designing a real system: pre-dimensioning and modelling, practical construction and testing.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Part A

At the end of the class, the students will have learned the basics of power electronics.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Part A

Course in fundamental physics, course in electric circuits, course on systems and control.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Part A

Theoretical lectures and exercise sessions.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Part A


Recommended or required readings

Part A

Reference books: Fundamentals of Power Electronics. Erickson and Maksimovic (2001) and Digital Control of HighFrequency SwitchedMode Power Converters, from Corradini, Maksimovic and Zane (2015).
See the course web site for additional information.

Assessment methods and criteria

Part A

Closed book written exam (1st and 2nd session). Emphasis is placed on the understanding and use of theoretical concepts presented in the slides.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Part A

See the course web site for additional information.
This course is taught in English.


Part A

Fabrice Frebel homepage