Course Information


Nonlinear modeling of power conversion circuit using discrete and average techniques analysis and design of voltage mode and current mode control; parallel module operation and system interactions; distributed power systems; time domain simulation and frequency domain measurement techniques.

Why take this course?

The growing energy shortage and continued environmental concerns related to energy genration and usage have stimulated the development and utilization of clean electric power in countless new areas now predominantly served by other forms of energy. Efficiency in the manipulation and control of electric power has gained increasing priority as the rising cost of power forces the abandonment of techniuqes which are short term cheap but long term wasteful. The course builds upon the introduction to power electronic circuits, taught in ECE 4224. It provides a comprehensive overview of recent developments in power converter modeling and control, concentrating on techniques that utilize pulse width modulation techniques.



Understanding of basic power switching circuit techniques, as covered in 4224, is required before beginning the study of a more advanced power converter and control techniques.

Major Measurable Learning Objectives

  • model, analyze, and design various processing circuits and systems using pulse width modulation (PWM) techniques.
  • apply PWM techniques to switching regulator control
  • analyze system interactions
  • identify appropriate simulation and measurement techniques

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

1. Modeling and Analysis %
a. State space averaging modeling 10%
b. PWM switch modeling 10%
c. Discrete modeling 5%
d. Discrete - average modeling 5%
2. Switching Regulator Control and Analysis %
a. PWM control technique and analysis 10%
b. Multi-loop control system analysis and design 10%
c. All-state feedback/pole placement technique 5%
d. Frequency modulation control techniques 5%
3. System Interaction Analysis %
a. Input/output filter design and analysis 5%
b. Input filter compensation and control 5%
c. Cascade regulator analysis 5%
d. Parallel module regulator analysis and control 10%
4. Simulation/Measurement Techniques 15%