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 fall term 2021.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electric Power Engineering



Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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