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About the Course

This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5703, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. This course covers the analysis and design of magnetic components, including inductors and transformers, used in power electronic converters. The course starts with an introduction to physical principles behind inductors and transformers, including the concepts of inductance, core material saturation, airgap and energy storage in inductors, reluctance and magnetic circuit modeling, transformer equivalent circuits, magnetizing and leakage inductance. Multi-winding transformer models are also developed, including inductance matrix representation, for series and parallel structures. Modeling of losses in magnetic components covers core and winding losses, including skin and proximity effects. Finally, a complete procedure is developed for design optimization of inductors in switched-mode power converters.   After completing this course, you will: - Understand the fundamentals of magnetic components, including inductors and transformers - Be able to analyze and model losses in magnetic components, and understand design trade-offs  - Know how to design and optimize inductors and transformers for switched-mode power converters This course assumes prior completion of courses 1 and 2: Introduction to Power Electronics, and Converter Circuits....

Top reviews


Dec 17, 2020

Straightforward presentation of magnetic concepts and development of a systematic approach that can be iterated to produce any manner of magnetic devices used in dc switching converters.


Dec 18, 2020

An essential course for those looking to work as a Power Electronics engineer. Thank you to all who made this possible.

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By Behzad B

Apr 10, 2021

The courses are very helpful and excellent. Though it is a shame that these courses are restricted for the people in several regions of the world due to the US gov. sanctions. I believe that learning should not be politicized.

By Ibrahim A D

Apr 18, 2021

More explanations or examples would help since this subject is rich in content

By 何宇宸

Dec 16, 2020

If the course could provide solutions, that would be the icing on the cake

By RASCONA',Gaetano

May 19, 2022

After each test completion, I would like to see the right methods to take to the right solution. In this way, at least, the not answered questions will be checked out to see what was wrong with my procedure.

By Hikmet H

Feb 21, 2022

Having no electrical engineering background, it took me about 2 months to finish this course. Lectures are very interesting and clear. Certainly it is easy to follow. With a bit of concentration, I think everyone can do this course and get a Specialization Certificate on this topic, by putting a bit of effort and energy. Thanks to the professor for creating this course.

By Ming T

Feb 23, 2021

Teaches the methodology of specifying design needs while pairing with real world constraints to realize real designs. This field itself is presumably much deeper than what the course offers, where the professor does touch on usage of computer aided designs, but I do believe the difficulty is suitable as an entry design course and for introduction to concepts.

By Davide C

Feb 26, 2021

The course was very interesting. It helped me to refresh lots of knowledge studied at University (Polytechnic of Milan) back in 2010. I will definitely use this knowledge in my future career as a power electronic engineer for automotive electrification.

By Abel F

May 7, 2021

I really appreciated the course, many thanks for such clear and sharp lectures. That would be great if professor Robert Erickson would also focus on high power AC reactors with low operational frequency 50/60Hz (laminated core, I>1000A, etc).


Nov 18, 2020

An exceptional course of the learning magnetics in power electronics. The content of course is perfect for the leaning of magnetics from the basic. The quizzes are bit tricky and you need to give more attention for the correct answers.

By Giosuè M

Aug 29, 2021

In this course there are several basic methods to design inductors, transformers based on the applications. I appreciated the possibility to learn these methods in a very simple way. I'm very happy with it.

By Akhil M C

Jan 9, 2021

Great course for people aspiring to learn magnetic design for power electronics. Fundamentals are clearly explained and assignment will make sure that the student acquired sufficient knowledge on the topic.

By Cliff J

Dec 18, 2020

Straightforward presentation of magnetic concepts and development of a systematic approach that can be iterated to produce any manner of magnetic devices used in dc switching converters.


Jan 17, 2022

Very great course to understand more in details the related design topics and constraints around Typical Magnetic components in Power Electronics

By Zhidong G

Jan 11, 2023

It is wonderful and useful course to improve my skill for power electronic. I greatly recommend to my classmates . and friends.

By Hakhan O

Oct 18, 2021

Finally to be able to see that I can design a transformer, is an evidence that The course is well planned and explained.

By Mohammad A U

Dec 19, 2020

An essential course for those looking to work as a Power Electronics engineer. Thank you to all who made this possible.

By Chong Z

Nov 15, 2021

Dr.Robert Erickson is my mentor in this area. Very clear and impressive. Appreciate.

By Sanjeev P C N

Oct 24, 2020

Good course on fundamentals of Magnetics for Power Electronics

By Ducna

Nov 14, 2022

the interesting course , I had alot of things about it.

By shankar r

May 3, 2021

this course is especially for power electronics designer

By César R

Nov 1, 2020

Great Course, Valuable Information!

By sanket T

Aug 13, 2022

Highly recommend this course

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By Christopher A

Dec 23, 2022

It helped refresh my knowledge of basic electromagnetics while also improving upon what I learn in the previous courses in this specialization. Also, like the previous courses, the balance between theory and application was good. I think I've learned a great deal and fell more confident in my understanding of power electronics and circuit analysis in general.