ET8303 - Power Electronics, Power Semiconductor Physics and Reliability


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100 D

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

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
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.
The course is given every second year, next time spring term 2020.

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.


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.