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Charlie Sullivan, Associate Professor, Thayer School of Engineering
Power Electronics and Electromechanical Energy Conversion
Proposed Project Spring 2010
The Electric Bungee
A contest with a prize...more details to be provided later.
Controlled use of energy is essential in modern society.
As advances in power electronics extend the capability for
precise and efficient control of electrical energy to more
applications, economic and environmental considerations
provide compelling reasons to do so. In this class, the
principles of power processing using semiconductor switching
are introduced through study of pulse-width-modulated dc-dc
converters. High-frequency techniques such as soft-switching
are analyzed. Magnetic circuit modeling serves as the basis for
transformer, inductor, and electric machine design. Electromechanical
energy conversion is studied in relation to electrostatic and
electromagnetic motor and actuator design. Applications to energy
efficiency, renewable energy sources, robotics, and
systems are discussed.
Laboratory exercises lead to a project involving switching
converters and/or electric machines.
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A set of 3-D
animations of power electronics circuits.
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