Advanced Power Electronics in Automotive Applications

It’s estimated that over 40% of the on-board components in the entire car are electronic based and that percentage is expected to rise with the growth of hybrid and autonomous vehicles and will continue to be an enabling technology for a wide range of future loads with new features and functions. From lighting, infotainment, and safety systems, to powertrain systems and beyond, power electronics has become one of the most important areas of the automotive subsystem and bringing this technology to non-electrical engineers will help bridge a knowledge gap that will drive teams forward quicker and more efficiently. This course builds on the SAE course, Introduction to Power Electronics and will delve deeper into key aspects of power electronic circuits, components and design requirements in automotive applications. Topics covered include power semiconductor devices, high-frequency magnetics and capacitors; their characteristics and operation, and their use in power electronics circuits. Advanced techniques for design, analysis, modeling, and verification of applied power electronics and related control systems for 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.

What Will You Learn

Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to:
  • Analyze the detailed operation, losses and efficiency of the power electronics converters
  • Analyze different power electronics topologies according to their applications
  • Describe practical issues in design of power electronics circuit
  • Explain and demonstrate operational issues and limitations of practical converters in industrial applications
  • Design test requirements and fixtures for different power electronics system blocks based on their application requirement
  • Identify the standards required for power electronics systems in different applications
  • Design the most optimum power electronics subsystem/system for the HEV & EV platforms
  • Describe the future power electronics technologies for the upcoming xEV applications

Is This Course For You

Anyone who is involved with automotive industry design, development and manufacturing needs to have some knowledge of power electronics. This need becomes more for the xEV automotive applications. Individuals involved in design, development, testing and manufacturing of power electronics product for the xEVs automotive applications, such as analog and digital engineers, thermal and packaging engineers, test and regulatory engineers, quality and manufacturing engineers will all benefit from an advanced understanding of power electronics for today’s modern vehicle applications.

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  • Brief Review of ICE and xEVs
  • Converter Topologies and Applications
    • DC-DC converters
    • AC-DC converters
    • DC-AC converters
    • AC-AC converters
    • Power Electronics in Automotive Applications
  • Detailed Operation of Non-Isolated DC-DC converters
    • Buck converter
    • Boost converter
    • Buck-Boost converter
  • Detailed Operation of Isolated DC-DC converters
    • Flyback
    • Forward
    • Half-Bridge
    • Full-Bridge
  • Detailed Operation of Resonant Converters
    • Concept
    • Series resonant converter
    • Parallel resonant converter
    • Series-Parallel resonant converter
    • LLC resonant converter
  • Detailed Operation of AC-DC Converters
    • Rectifiers
    • PFC circuits
  • Detailed Operation of DC-AC Converters
    • Topologies
    • Switching techniques
  • Switching Characteristics and Losses
    • Switching characteristics during on and off-times
    • Conduction losses
    • Switching losses
    • Diode forward losses
  • Design for Manufacturing
    • Thermal modelling
    • Cooling techniques: conventional, forced air and liquid
  • EMI: Standards and Filtering
    • Standards
    • Source of EMI noises - common mode, differential mode
    • Filter design
  • Stability and Dynamic Analysis
    • Control Techniques: voltage-mode and current-mode
    • Control loop components
    • Plant transfer function
    • Compensation design
    • Stability criteria
  • Electric Machine Types
    • DC machines
    • AC machines: induction motors, PM motors, synchronous motors
  • Motor Control Technique
    • Control DC machine
    • Control AC machine
  • Future Trends and Upcoming Technologies
    • Wireless power transfer
    • Bi-directional power transfer
    • Autonomous vehicles