Power Electronics Design

A Practitioner's Guide


  • Keith Sueker, Engineering Consultant, Robicon Corp., Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

This book serves as an invaluable reference to Power Electronics Design, covering the application of high-power semiconductor technology to large motor drives, power supplies, power conversion equipment, electric utility auxiliaries and numerous other applications.Design engineers, design drafters and technicians in the power electronics industry, as well as students studying power electronics in various contexts, will benefit from Keith Sueker’s decades of experience in the industry. With this experience, the author has put the overall power electronics design process in the context of primary electronic components and the many associated components required for a system. The seeming complexity of power electronics design is made transparent with Keith Sueker’s simple, direct language and a minimum reliance on mathematics. Readers will come away with a wealth of practical design information that has hundreds of explanatory diagrams to support it, having also seen many examples of potential pitfalls in the design process.
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PRIMARY MARKET: Power Electronics Engineers; also, engineers, drafters, and technicians from industrial, environmental and other electrical disciplines which are involved in power electronics applications SECONDARY MARKET: engineering students and professionals in continuing education training courses


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • Imprint: NEWNES
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7927-5

Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of TablesPrefaceChapter 1: Electric Power1.1 AC versus DC1.2 Pivotal Inventions1.3 Generation1.4 Electric Traction1.5 Electric Utilities1.6 In-Plant Distribution1.7 Emergency PowerChapter 2: Power Apparatus 2.1 Switchgear 2.2 Surge Suppression 2.3 Conductors 2.4 Capacitors 2.5 Resistors 2.6 Fuses 2.7 Supply Voltages 2.8 Enclosures 2.9 Hipot, Corona, and BIL 2.10 Spacings 2.11 Metal Oxide Varistors 2.12 Protective RelaysChapter 3: Analytical Tools 3.1 Symmetrical Components 3.2 Per Unit Constants 3.3 Circuit Simulation 3.4 Circuit Simulation Notes 3.5 Simulation SoftwareChapter 4: Feedback Control Systems 4.1 Basics 4.2 Amplitude Responses 4.3 Phase Responses 4.4 PID Regulators 4.5 Nested Control LoopsChapter 5: Transients 5.1 Line Disturbances 5.2 Circuit Transients 5.3 Electromagnetic InterferenceChapter 6: Traveling Waves 6.1 Basics 6.2 Transient Effects 6.3 Mitigating MeasureChapter 7: Transformers and Reactors 7.1 Transformer Basics 7.2 Construction 7.3 Insulation Systems 7.4 Basic Insulation Level 7.5 Eddy Current Effects 7.6 Interphase Transformers 7.7 Transformer Connections 7.8 Reactors 7.9 Units 7.10 Cooling 7.11 Instrument TransformersChapter 8: Rotating Machines 8.1 Direct Current Machines 8.2 Synchronous Machines 8.3 Induction (Asynchronous) Machines 8.4 NEMA Designs 8.5 Frame Types 8.6 Linear MotorsChapter 9: Rectifiers and Converters 9.1 Early Rectifiers 9.2 Mercury Vapor Rectifiers 9.3 Silicon Diodes – The Semiconductor Age 9.4 Rectifier Circuits – Single-Phase 9.5 Rectifier Circuits – Multiphase 9.6 CommutationChapter 10: Phase Control 10.1 The SCR 10.2 Forward Drop 10.3 SCR Circuits – AC Switches 10.4 SCR Motor Starters 10.5 SCR Converters 10.6 Inversion 10.7 Gate Drive Circuits 10.8 Power to the Gates 10.9 SCR Autotapchangers 10.10 SCR DC Motor Drives 10.11 SCR AC Motor Drives 10.12 CycloconvertersChapter 11: Series and Parallel Operation 11.1 Voltage Sharing 11.2 Current Sharing 11.3 Forced Sharing Chapter 12: Pulsed Converters 12.1 Protective Devices 12.2 Transformers 12.3 SCRsChapter 13: Switchmode Systems 13.1 Pulse Width Modulation 13.2 Choppers 13.3 Boost Converters 13.4 The “H” Bridge 13.5 High-Frequency Operation 13.6 Harmonic Injection 13.7 Series BridgesChapter 14: Power Factor and Harmonics 14.1 Power Factor 14.2 Harmonics 14.3 Fourier Transforms 14.4 Interactions with the Utility 14.5 Telephone Influence Factor 14.6 Distortion Limits 14.7 Zero-SwitchingChapter 15: Thermal Considerations 15.1 Heat and Heat Transfer 15.2 Air Cooling 15.3 Water Cooling 15.4 Device Cooling 15.5 Semiconductor MountingChapter 16: Power Electronics Applications 16.1 Motor Drives and SCR Starters 16.2 Glass Industry 16.3 Foundry Operations 16.4 Plasma Arcs and Arc Furnaces 16.5 Electrochemical Supplies 16.6 Cycloconverters 16.7 Extremely Low-Frequency Communications 16.8 Superconducting Magnet Energy Storage 16.9 600-kW Opamp 16.10 Ozone Generators 16.11 Semiconductor Silicon 16.12 VAR Compensators 16.13 Induction Furnace Switch 16.14 Tokamaks 16.15 Multi-tap SwitchingAppendix A: Converter EquationsAppendix B: Lifting ForcesAppendix C: Commutation Notches and THDvAppendix D: Capacitor RatingsAppendix E: Rogowski CoilsAppendix F: Foreign Technical WordsAppendix G: Aqueous Glycol SolutionsAppendix H: Harmonic Cancellation with Phase ShiftingAppendix I: Neutral Currents with Nonsinusoidal LoadsIndex