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ELE119 Power Electronics

Course description for academic year 2018/2019

Contents and structure

The course contains basic knowledge in power electronic components, conversion and control of electric power by use of power semiconductor technique.


  • Power semiconductors
  • Power calculations
  • Rectifiers: diode bridge and thyristor bridge
  • DC-DC converters
  • Inverters
  • Power supplies
  • Industrial applications
  • Simulation of dynamics
  • Calculation, simulation and analysis tools
  • Practical laboratory tasks

Learning Outcome


  • The candidate will get knowledge of various power converters such as rectifiers, frequency converters and other power electronics used in industry.
  • The candidate will get basic knowledge of industrial applications using power semiconductors and different power converters.


  • The candidate can clarify characteristics of power electronics systems and a wide range of power electronics applications.
  • The candidate can describe and analyze basic power converter topologies and understand the bidirectional power flow of power electronic systems.
  • The candidate can understand and analyze harmonic components and simple filters.
  • The candidate has basic understanding of simulation tools and can make simple design considerations for power electronics systems.
  • The candidate can work both independently and with others in engineering projects.



  • The candidate will have competence on theory, problem analysis and making solutions to the problems within electrical engineering.

Entry requirements

Courses from the first two years study of the bachelor programme in engineering, electrical power engineering

Recommended previous knowledge

Courses from the first two years study.

Teaching methods

Lectures, simulations and laboratory tasks

Compulsory learning activities

6 compulsory assignments, 2 laboratory assignments.

Mandatory attendance of laboratory practices.


The assignments must be submitted within set deadlines and must be approved before examination can

take place. Approved mandatory assignments are valid in 3 semesters following approval.


4 hours written exam.

Time and place for the examination will be announced at Studentweb and digital assessment system.


Grading scale is A-F where F is fail.

Examination support material

Handwriting notes (maximal five pages in A4 format). All kinds of calculator.

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • ELE119D - Kraftelektronikk - Reduction: 10 studypoints