Course detail

Power and Control Electronics

FSI-RVEAcad. year: 2020/2021

Thermodynamic in power electronic. Active power concept. Rectifiers (AC / DC Converters). AC Voltage Converters (AC / DC Converters). DC pulse converters (DC / DC converters). Inverters (DC / DC Converters). Driving DC pulse converters and inverters: PWM pulse width modulation. Power Switch Components. Sensors of electrical quantities. Control mode (AC / DC, AC / DC, DC / DC). Drive control circuits (AC / DC, AC / DC, DC / DC).

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Skills to solve basic simple analog and digital circuits and basic types of power converters.
Basic overview in the field of electric drives from the student point of view.


The basic knowledges from the theoretical electroengineering. The mathematic knowledges on 1st year technical university lewel.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Patočka M.: Vybrané statě z výkonové elektroniky, sv.I.
Kule L. a kolektiv: Technika elektrických pohonů.
Patočka M.: Vybrané statě z výkonové elektroniky, sv.II.
Kraysa K.: Výkonová elektronika
Patočka M. Vorel P.: Řídicí elektronika - pasivní obvody.
Caha Z., Černý M.: Elektrické pohony
Mráz Z.: Řídicí členy elektrických pohonů.
Patočka M. Vorel P.: Řídicí elektronika - aktivní obvody.
Patočka M., Burian F.: Sbírka řešených příkladů z řídicí elektroniky.
Sheng W. W., Colino R. P.: Power electronic modules. CRC PRESS, N. Y., 2005, ISBN 0-8493-2260-X.
Kiehne H. A.: Battery technology handbook. Marcel Dekker, Inc., N. Y., 2003, second edition, ISBN 0-8247-4249-4.
Ang S., Oliva A.: Power-Switching Converters. Taylor  Francis, London, 2005, ISBN 0-8247-2245-0.
Shepherd W., Zhang L.: Power converter circuits. Marcel Dekker, Inc., N. Y., 2004, ISBN 0-8247-5054-3.
Luo F. L., Hong Y.: Advanced DC/DC converter. CRC PRESS, N. Y., 2004, ISBN 0-8493-1956-0.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

15 points for first semestral test in the 7th week.
15 points for second semestral test in the 13th week.

Requirements for participation in the final exam:
Obtaining at least 15 points from the exercise tests.

70 points for exam.
100 points total.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


To acquaint students with basic principles of power and control electronics. Mastering basic theoretical and practical skills for independent design of power converters.

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

Attendance at practical training is obligatory.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-MET-P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Semicodnuctor thermodynamic.
2. Ative power of semiconductor devices.
3. Controlled AC/DC converters.
4. AC/DC diode rectifiers.
5. AC/AC converters
6. DC/DC converters.
7. DC/AC converters.
8. Pulse width modulation PWM.
9. Power switching devices: diode, thyristor, triac, bipol. transistor, MOS-FET, IGBT, GTO.
10. Power devices drivers. Galvanic isolation of control signal and supply voltage. Driver end stage. Protection circuits.
11. Control of DC/DC, DC/AC converters and rectifiers.
12. Control circuits of DC/DC, DC/AC converters and rectifiers.
13. Sensor of electrical quantities.

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Calculation of mean, RMS value and spectrum of typical signal.
2. Thermodynamics in power electronic.
3. Active power and its calculation and measurement in typical cases.
4. Dimensioning of power devices in individual types of converters – 1st part.
5. Dimensioning of power devices in individual types of converters – 2nd part.
6. Inductance in power electronics circuits
7. Rectifiers design.
8. AC voltage converters design.
9. PWM pulse width modulation.
10. Detailed analysis of DC/DC pulse converter operating in the 1st quadrant – 1st part.
11. Detailed analysis of DC/DC pulse converter operating in the 1st quadrant – 2nd part.
12. Design of three-phase inverter with asynchronous motor.
13. Design of semiconductor device driver.