Revamping Power Electronics Hands-on Education

Revamping Power Electronics Hands-on Education
Electrical and Computer Engineering

The “WBG Power Electronics Teaching Lab” follows a Do-It-Yourself model that the PIs have successfully deployed at UNC Charlotte to spark students’ interest in power electronics and enhance their hands-on experience with a real-hardware setup. The materials are used to demonstrate important concepts in power electronics, including switching pulse generation, shoot-through protection, voltage and current sensing, passive component design, power converter operation (both DC/DC and DC/AC), and microcontroller-based control design. The materials have been used to teach students through external workshops as well as in Power Electronics classes at UNC Charlotte. Modular and plug & play design provides a flexible platform for semiconductor manufacturers to contribute with their latest technologies. 

This project is to develop the resources needed for wide dissemination of the Wide-Bandgap (WBG) power electronics education materials being developed by the PIs, Dr. Babak Parkhideh and Dr. Robert Cox at UNC Charlotte. The main objectives of this project are (1) to develop rugged, manufacturing-ready educational boards and (2) to create an online repository containing videos, hardware design materials, and teaching lab documents. These will be made available to any institutions interested in adopting the materials in their curriculum.