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Introduction to Power Electronics in Automotive Applications C1871

Modern power electronics (PE) devices and circuits are now in widespread use in automotive and non-automotive applications. The purpose of this course is to give an overall introduction to the key aspects of power electronic circuits, components and design in automotive applications. Topics covered include power semiconductor devices, their characteristics and operation, and their use in power electronics circuits. Techniques for analyzing and designing switch-mode power supplies, DC-DC converters, power rectifiers, static power inverters and universal power supplies are examined, along with electric machines, motors and transformers, and their associated power electronics drive requirements. The course also gives an overview of the electrical power system and power systems analysis, in the context of power electronics applications in automotive platforms.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the components of power electronics and describe their key characteristics
  • Use various methods to analyze power electronics circuits
  • Discuss the basic operation, losses and efficiency of the power electronics converter
  • Describe power electronics circuits used in different applications
  • Relate the practical issues in power electronics circuit design
  • Explain the application requirements of converters in a given system
  • Identify the subsystems of the power electronics in different xEV platforms
  • Identify the passive and active technology requirements to manage the power electronics system thermally
  • Describe the future power electronics technologies for the upcoming xEV applications

Who Should Attend
This course will provide a fundamental understanding of power electronics to different engineering groups and job functions. Anyone who is involved with automotive industry design, development and manufacturing needs to have some knowledge of power electronics, particularly for xEVs automotive applications. Individuals involved in product development and management, applications engineering, marketing, business development, thermal/packaging, and testing will all benefit from a basic understanding of power electronics for today’s modern vehicle applications.

Individuals should have at least an associate’s degree in an engineering field or a bachelor’s degree in a non-engineering field with a basic understanding of automotive engineering or relevant experience in automotive or an electronics design/manufacturing industry.

  • Definition/Application of Power Electronics
    • Introduction to ICE and xEVs
    • What is power electronics?
    • Power electronics in automotive applications
    • Linear regulation, classic power control
    • PWM control concept
    • Switching power supply
  • Basic converter topologies
    • DC-DC converters
    • AC-DC converters
    • DC-AC converters
    • AC-AC converters
  • Practical application of DC-DC converters
    • Buck converter
    • Boost converter
    • Buck-Boost converter
  • Isolated DC-DC converters
    • Flyback
    • Forward
    • Half-Bridge
    • Full-Bridge
  • Practical Application of AC-DC Converters
    • Rectifiers
    • PFC circuits and why it is needed
  • Practical Application of DC-AC Converters
    • Topologies
    • Switching techniques
  • Losses – conduction, switching, diode forward
  • Design for Manufacturing
    • Thermal management
    • Cooling techniques – conventional, forced air, liquid
  • Future Trends
    • Material Innovation in PE Applications – Si, SiC, and GaN devices
    • Technology Innovation, Challenges and Opportunities: wireless power transfer, bi-directional power transfer, autonomous vehicles
Fariborz Musavi

Dr. Musavi has over twenty years of industry experience with strong leadership and management background and a proven track record of taking several products to mass production. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver (WSU Vancouver). Prior to joining WSU, he held several industry positions, including a Design Engineering position at EMS Technologies Inc., Lead Design Engineer position at DRS Pivotal Power, Group Leader at Alpha Technologies, Manager of Research and Engineering at Delta-Q Technologies Corp., and the most recent position as Director of Engineering at CUI Inc. While working at Delta-Q Technologies, a leading provider of battery charging solutions, he led a team of researchers and engineers to conduct research and development on the next generation of on-board battery chargers for electric vehicles. He developed a 3.3 kW on-board charger in collaboration with Delphi Automotive LLP. Dr. Musavi is an author/co-author of more than forty-five journal and conference papers as well as a book chapter, and two patents. He is a recipient of the first best paper award from IEEE Industry Applications Society. Prof. Musavi earned a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, a M.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

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Fees: $810.00
SAE Members: $648.00 - $729.00

.7 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

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Duration: 1 Day
October 29, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) - Troy, Michigan