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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Converter Circuits by University of Colorado Boulder

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About the Course

This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5701, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. This course introduces more advanced concepts of switched-mode converter circuits. Realization of the power semiconductors in inverters or in converters having bidirectional power flow is explained. Power diodes, power MOSFETs, and IGBTs are explained, along with the origins of their switching times. Equivalent circuit models are refined to include the effects of switching loss. The discontinuous conduction mode is described and analyzed. A number of well-known converter circuit topologies are explored, including those with transformer isolation. The homework assignments include a boost converter and an H-bridge inverter used in a grid-interfaced solar inverter system, as well as transformer-isolated forward and flyback converters. After completing this course, you will: ● Understand how to implement the power semiconductor devices in a switching converter ● Understand the origins of the discontinuous conduction mode and be able to solve converters operating in DCM ● Understand the basic dc-dc converter and dc-ac inverter circuits ● Understand how to implement transformer isolation in a dc-dc converter, including the popular forward and flyback converter topologies Completion of the first course Introduction to Power Electronics is the assumed prerequisite for this course....

Top reviews


May 22, 2020

A really good course on converter circuits. The way Dr. Erickson synthesized inverters from buck converters was eye opening. Many lectures overlook such basic aspects of power electronics synthesis.


Aug 27, 2023

Great follow on to the Introduction to Power Electronics. Provides a great logical deepening of understanding and practical impacts that can help to understand real-world behaviour and problems.

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By Javier A L C

Jun 8, 2020

Great course! It was really interesting for me. Learned a lot and got to remember old concepts. Totally recommended.

By David M

May 14, 2017

this class is great! highly recommend if you want to increase your knowledge of most commonly used DC-DC typologies!

By Shaun L

Jan 10, 2018

I loved how it wasn't so easy, but at the same time, very doable. The lectures are great, too. An amazing course!

By Manuel E A H

Feb 8, 2021

Excellent profesoor, the recordings are so useful and the assignments encourage the student to keep in practice.

By Sanjeev P C N

Oct 4, 2020

Good course. Helped me to learn and contemplate on new aspects of converter circuits than I have known earlier

By Nafize I H

Dec 17, 2019

Excellent Course Materials. I recommend this course to every person who are trying to learn power electronics.

By Jayakrishnan H

Jan 8, 2018

I cannot recommend this course as well as the whole specialization enough. Absolute value for the money spent.

By dave w

Jun 5, 2016

The course is very challenging at time, but the models and formulas are all quite intuitive. Thanks so much!

By Алексей Б

May 22, 2016

The course is very helpful. I feel that my skill of Power Electronic devices design increased significantly!

By Sajeev C

Dec 31, 2021

It was a great learning experience.The course offered a lot of new concepts which found really helpful.

By Tiago D C B

Sep 20, 2016

This is a great course which teaches you several concepts about modeling basic converters. I recommend.

By surya v

May 11, 2016

The course is detailed and also helps a lot to understand and reinforce basic concepts already known.

By Thomas E M

Sep 18, 2016

There is no feedback on quizzes. and no the moderators evidently do not monitor traffic in the dis.

By Siddheswar K

Jul 2, 2020

It is an excellent course as well as top one. I enjoyed a lot in this course. Thanks sir for this.

By Daniel S

Jul 2, 2017

Very good advance power electronics course

I wish there would be more simulation assignment though

By Krishna S A

Aug 24, 2020

I thank the entire team for delivering well structured content and apt homework assignments.

By Sayyar A

Nov 24, 2017

It was very clear and explanatory. Great lectures and conceptual explanations by Instructor.

By shubham a

Apr 9, 2018

Great course...From basics to advanced exercise questions help a lot in concept building...

By Kyle R

Jan 10, 2021

I enjoyed this course, very interesting subject matter and well taught by the instructor.

By Deepanshu S

Nov 8, 2019

Thank You so much for your great teaching and impressive technique.I love you guys a lot!

By Asim A

Mar 11, 2018

The course was really informative, but it is significantly harder that the first course.

By Elias F d C

Aug 2, 2020

I learned to analyze losses in semiconductors using more detailed analytical methods.

By Khaled M M B

Sep 16, 2020

This Course is great. Assignments are a little difficult but expanding understanding

By Philipp M

Jul 24, 2017

I liked the contents of the course and waht I liked most, is taht I feel a progress!

By Imran K

Nov 18, 2022

it is very tough course but very useful and thanks for the team and good explations