Course detail

Power Supply Systems

FEKT-CNEZAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course is strongly oriented on practical knowledge, its aim is to teach students to properly choose type of electronics power supply and design it. Students get familiar with basic electronics components used in modern power supplies (both active and passive) including their parasitic properties. Different topologies of linear and switched mode power supplies are discussed. Isolated, non-isolated and autonomous power supplies are covered. Students perform simulation of elementary power supply circuitries, design a simple power supply using available CAD tools and design a PCB for it including manufacturing data output.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The graduate is able to
o describe parasitic properties of real electronic components and evaluate their impact on power supply properties
o compare properties (qualities) of different electronic components and choose appropriate on for target application
o explain functionality of both linear and switched mode power supplies
o choose suitable power supply topology (both linear and switched) according to the design needs
o calculate values of and requirements on basic components of power a supply
o use basic CAD tools for power supply design
o design a protection and cooling for a power supply


Students are expected to have knowledge of basic electronic components (resistor, capacitor, inductor, transformer, diode, bipolar and unipolar transistor, tyristor) and basic knowledge of differentiation and integration.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BROWN, M. Power Supply Cookbook. Newnes, 2nd edition, 2001. ISBN 0-7506-7329-X. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Techning methods include lectures, computer laboratories and practical laboratories. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students have to prepare a single project during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Student must pass all the laboratory and computer practices, he must elaborate and deliver all protocols and individual project, all in satisfactory quality. Students can gain up to 20 points during laboratory exercises (protocols are evaluated), up to 10 point for active work on PC exercises, up to 20 points for elaboration of individual design project and up to 50 points at final exam.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to power supplies, principle of transformers
2. Properties of real transformers, principle and real properties of inductors
3. Properties of real capacitors and its application, properties of semiconductor rectifiers, diode rectifiers
4. Semiconductor switch components and their properties (bipolar and unipolar transistors, thyristor, triac, diac, IGBT), controlled-semiconductor rectifiers
5. Voltage references, Zener diodes, band-gap references
6. Parametric voltage regulators, linear voltage regulators with feedback
7. Integrated voltage regulators, charge pumps
8. Basic topologies of non-isolated switched-mode power supplies (inductor-based)
9. Basic topologies of isolated switched-mode power supplies
10. Synchronous rectification, parallel and multi-phase converters, bridge topologies
11. Quasi-resonant and resonant topologies, power factor correctors
12. Voltage regulator feedback design, protection and cooling of power supplies
13. Autonomous power supplies: primary and secondary cells, alternative power supplies.


Students get knowledge of basic principles of both switched and linear power supplies, they learn how to design and implement power supply systems using basic calculations and available CAD tools.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Evaluation of activities is specified by a regulation, which is issued by the lecturer responsible for the course annually.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-BC Bachelor's

    branch BC-EST , 2. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional specialized
    branch BC-TLI , 3. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, optional interdisciplinary

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer

Computer exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer