Iannuzzo Francesco
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Electrical Convertors, Machines and Switches
Second semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Apply model-based techniques to the design of complex electronics-based power systems;
Master advanced techniques for modeling and implementing control systems applied to energy management;
Forecast reliability of electronic power systems and make choices to maximize lifetime by design;
Devise diagnostic and prognostic algorithms for power electronics;
Know and design gate drivers and sensors for power electronics devices.


Suggested prerequisites are: programming fundamentals, embedded architectures, electronic devices, control theory, basic power converters.

Course contents summary

Model-based design of power converters and systems;
Numerical analysis and programming tools;
V-model and MIL, SIL, PIL and HIL validation;
Version control systems;
Design-for-reliability in power electronics;
Gate drivers for electronic power devices;
Faults in power electronics, diagnosis, prognostics;
Advanced sensors for power system control and reliability.

Course contents

1. Model-based design of power converters and systems (2 h)
2. System partitioning and abstraction levels (2 h)
3. The building system (2 h)
4. Programming tools: from dongles to bootloaders (2 h)
5. Numerical analysis: recurrent execution, real-time computation and benchmarking (2 h)
6. Numerical analysis: solvers and optimizers (2 h)
7. Numerical analysis examples [tutorial] (2 h)
8. V-model, automatic test-benches and documentation (2 h)
9. Tools for test automation and unit testing: static and dynamic test (2 h)
10. MIL, SIL, PIL and HIL validation and tools [tutorial] (2 h)
11. Version Control Systems: basic principles and comparative analysis (2 h)
12. Version Control Systems: use cases and team operations [tutorial] (2 h)
13. Design-for-Reliability in power electronics (2 h)
14. Lifetime models for power system components (I) (2 h)
15. Lifetime models for power system components (II) (2 h)
16. Counting techniques (2 h)
17. Simulation workflow for lifetime prediction (tutorial) (2 h)
18. Faults in power electronics (2 h)
19. Operation theory of main power devices (I) (2 h)
20. Operation theory of main power devices (II) / Gate drivers for power electronics devices (2 h)
21. Power electronics diagnostics - condition monitoring (2 h)
22. Active thermal control of power electronics (2 h)
23. Design of driving and sensing circuits for power electronics (tutorial, part I) (2 h)
24. Design of driving and sensing circuits for power electronics (tutorial, part II) / Course feedback / Thesis opportunity discussion / Exam form (1.5 h + 30 m)

Recommended readings

Orłowska-Kowalska Et Al., "Advanced And Intelligent Control In Power Electronics And Drives", Springer, 2014.
Lee Et Al., "Reliability Improvement Technology For Power Converters", Springer, 2017.
Iannuzzo F (ed.), Modern Power Electronic Devices: Physics, Applications, and Reliability. Stevenage, UK: IET;
Chung Et Al., "Reliability Of Power Electronic Converter Systems", Iet, 2015.

Teaching methods

Class lectures and tutorials using relevant software tools.

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam (mandatory) and course project (optional) on a relevant topic connected to the proposed contents.

Other informations

In the eventuality of restrictions to gatherings, classes will be given online, recorded via Teams and published via Elly.