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Capstone Design Project in Power Electronics, University of Colorado Boulder

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Learners will design a DC-DC converter that powers USB-C devices (20 V at 3 A) from a dc input voltage source such as a lithium-ion battery pack or a desktop computer power bus. Aspects of the project will include: ● Design of converter power stage and magnetics. Requires mastery of courses 1, 2, and 5. ● Simulation to verify correct steady-state operation. Requires mastery of courses 1, 2 and 4. ● Design of converter control system. Requires mastery of courses 3 and 4. ● Simulation to verify correct control system operation. Requires mastery of courses 3 and 4. ● Preparation of milestone reports documenting the design and its performance The reports will be peer graded....

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Sep 30, 2016

Great course. Thanks to prof Erickson, prof. Maksimovic and prof. Afridi and all the volunteers involved for their effort in making such a wonderful course for the power electronics community.


Mar 24, 2017

I will always go back to the lectures of this course and use these principles in my work. Thank you University of Boulder Colorado and Coursera.

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By Akanimo Idiong

Feb 14, 2019

This course is super! I needed to learn how to design flyback converter and how to close feedback loop with the TL431.That's majorly what led me to taking this course. At first it felt like flyback converter was not treated in great detail but upon trying out simulation I realized I could actually design one with the TL431. A working flyback converter that I just built based based on a simulation I had done sealed it up. I am happy and fulfilled to have taken this course.

I am waiting for the advanced level course!

Thanks to The University of Colorado. Thanks to Coursera.

By Rubem Pacelli

Nov 06, 2018


By Carsten Siemers

Nov 01, 2018

The lectures of this specialization were really great, but I did not like the design project too much. From technial point of view, the implementation of the circuit has been very interesting as well, but there are a few things that could be improved.

a) the time frame is quite challenging if you have a full time job and a family (and have to remind everything from the last 10 months) I think it should therefore at least be avoided to introduce new things that could have been done easily in the lectures (LTSpice transformer model etc.).

b) there is almost no support in the forum for anything. 80% of the questions remain completely unanswered, although there are not too many questions in the end. That's a pitty.

c) The final result of the peer review is highly dependent on LTSpice and especially the rubrics of milestone 2 could be improved regarding these problems. The convergence problems of LTSpice are well known and can be caused by anything (version, OS, whatever). It is very easy to fail this milestone for problems that are actually not caused by you.

d) I've had very inconsistent review results and ended up not knowing what was wrong or how to improve. There is nothing much to do about this, but still I'd wish to get some more input regarding my designs.

As a result, I have a design that somehow passes the milestones, but is far away from something that i would want to "sell". I also see that is difficult to implement a project like this, so it's fine in the end, but maybe a few changes could improve the situation for the students. In summary, the whole specialization is still a great thing to do, so thanks to the professors for sharing their knowledge with us.



By Ajibade Samuel

May 15, 2018

Capstone Design Project test every aspect of skills and knowledge that have been acquired during the course of the Specialization program. It's fun, tasking and worth while.

A million thanks to the program design team!

By Jayakrishnan Harikumaran

Jan 08, 2018

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

By Laurel Lamaro Nsangou

Nov 30, 2017

This was an amazing course. I am almost sad it's over.

The very best teachers and fellow learners.

Great job COURSERA and University of Colorado Boulder

By Luheng Qi

Aug 22, 2017

very good practice of designing a dc/dc converter, you choose the topology, select components based on what you have learned. Some previous experience with PMIC would make you understand much better. Thanks for the UC Boulder team and whoever contributes in developing this course and provide help in discussion forum!

By Sufi Shah Hamid Jalali

Aug 05, 2017

Extremely useful course for power engineers.

By Hellenic Selefkos

Aug 03, 2017

Excellent Project!

By Nicolas Kieny

Mar 23, 2017

Good design projects, but very difficult at some times