Video series on Advanced Power Electronic Design (ElectronicMinds and University of Warwick)

‘Powerful Knowledge’ is a free to access series of eighteen in depth videos covering many aspects of advanced power electronic design, each about 1 hour long. Funded by Innovate UK in 2020 and produced as a partnership between ElectronicMinds and the University of Warwick, this series is a great way to familiarise yourself with key subject areas in power conversion with a strong focus on hands on practical design.


Powerful Knowledge 1 – Introduction and overview
Overview and introduction to the series

Powerful Knowledge 2 – ac-dc and dc-ac conversion
Covers ac-dc and dc-ac conversion. Includes passive and active methods including harmonic correction

Powerful Knowledge 3 – dc-dc conversion
Covers isolated dc-dc conversion with examples of flyback and LLC topologies

Powerful Knowledge 4 – Power semiconductor device overview
Discusses trade-offs between common semiconductor devices including bipolar (IGBT) and unipolar (MOSFETs). Includes details on wide bandgap technology such as silicon carbide

Powerful Knowledge 5 – Electrothermal characterisation of SIC power MOSFETs
This webinar details latest research at Warwick University focused on silicon carbide power device behaviour

Powerful Knowledge 6 – Gate drive design
We cover lots of details in advanced gate drive design with examples from a 2kW LLC using silicon carbide

Powerful Knowledge 7 – SIC power device reliability and robustness
This webinar presents some of the latest research at Warwick University discussing reliability of silicon carbide power devices

Powerful Knowledge 8 – Gate oxide and threshold voltage instabilities in SIC power MOSFETs
This webinar details how the gates of silicon carbide MOSFETs are more fragile than their silicon counterparts

Powerful Knowledge 9 – Magnetics design for high performance power converters
Magnetics design is key to high performance power electronics. We discuss design methodologies and loss mechanisms in detail

Powerful Knowledge 10 – Finite element modelling of magnetic components
This webinar demonstrates how a free to download FEA tool called FEMM can be used to enhance the design of custom magnetics. Examples include a 2kW LLC converter transformer

Powerful Knowledge 11 – Packaging of power semiconductors
Power Semiconductor packing is key to reliable device operation and this webinar discusses key aspects of this important area

Powerful Knowledge 12 – Thermal management in power electronics
Thermal management is key to reliability in power electronics. This webinar discusses key techniques and design tradeoffs involved

Powerful Knowledge 13 – Simulation in power electronics
Used correctly, simulation is a powerful tool for de-risking power electronic system development. We include examples using PSpice and PLECs

Powerful Knowledge 14 – Reliability modelling
Statistical techniques can be used to predict failure rates of systems. This webinar outlines some useful approaches to model reliability with these statistical methods

Powerful Knowledge 15 – Condition monitoring in power electronics
This webinar discusses how parameter degradation in power semiconductors can be used to indicate their condition and state of health

Powerful Knowledge 16 – Analog control in power electronics
We discuss common approaches used to implement closed loop control of power converters using traditional analog circuitry

Powerful Knowledge 17 – Digital control in power electronics
We expand on our analog control webinar to cover digital control techniques where a real time processor implements discrete time control

Powerful Knowledge 18 – EMI in power electronics
EMI is often a challenge in power electronics and this webinar covers noise sources, transmission paths and mitigation. We include practical tips and tricks to help designers with debug.

Link to series video playlist

Powerful Knowledge – YouTube