A building-block-based power electronics instructional laboratory

William Robbins, Ned Mohan, Philip Jose, Todd Begalke, Chris Henze, Tore Undeland

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This paper describes a new power electronics instructional laboratory based on the building block (switching pole) methodology. This methodology provides a common basis for describing all practical converter topologies and gives the student a unified top-down presentation of power electronic converters. The novel features of this laboratory include: a unifying building-block methodology (the Power Pole), tight coupling with lectures, use of low voltages (<50V) for enhanced safety, and ease of use and low cost. A key component of the laboratory is the use of a reconfigurable circuit board (the Power Pole board) which contains the Power Pole circuit as well as on-board isolated drive circuits, PWM generation, fault protection, output filter, and switched load. The detailed circuit board layout is described and several examples of its use are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-472
Number of pages6
JournalPESC Record - IEEE Annual Power Electronics Specialists Conference
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 IEEE 33rd Annual Power Electronics Specialists Conference (PESC) - Cairns, Australia
Duration: Jun 23 2002Jun 27 2002


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