ET8303 - Power Electronics, Power Semiconductor Physics and Reliability


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

These topics are included: - Solid-state physics of power semiconductors: Power diodes, power MOSFETs, thyristors, Gate Turn-Off Thyristors, Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors, SiC and GaN components. - Snubber circuits. - Gate/base drivers. - Cooling aspects of power electronic converters. - Design of high frequency magnetic components. - Design of power circuit layouts. - Reliability.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: After completing the course, the student shall: - understand the semiconductors physics that is the basis for power electronic components. - know and understand the physical construction of power electronic components, and how the components are utilized to design power electronic converters. - acquire adequate knowledge on designing optimal and reliable power electronic converters Skills: After completing the course, the student shall be able to design and construct optimal and reliable power electronic converters.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, self study and project based on literature studies and simulations.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Electric Power Engineering (PHELKT)

Course materials

Mohan, Undeland og Robbins: Power Electronics, Converters, Applications, and Design, Wiley, 3rd Edition 2003. Josef Lutz: Semiconductor Power Devices: Physics, Characteristics, Reliability Springer Verlag 2011. Journal and Conference articles. Lecture notes.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of electric energy


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