I have presented numerous courses in the form of noontime tutorials during my career with Robicon Corporation. These covered such essential subjects as transformers, transmission lines, heat transfer, transients, and semiconductors, to name but a few. The attendees were design engineers, sales engineers, technicians, and drafters. The tutorials were designed to present an overview of the power electronics field as well as design information for the engineers. They were very well received and appreciated.
The material was useful to design engineers, but the technicians, drafters, and sales engineers appreciated the fact that I did not talk over their heads. I have also given tutorials to national meetings of the IEEE Industrial Applications Society as well as local presentations.
This book represents a consolidation and organization of this material. In this book, I have defined power electronics as the application of high-power semiconductor technology to large motor drives, power supplies, power conversion equipment, electric utility auxiliaries, and a host of other applications. It provides an overview of material no longer taught in most college electrical engineering curricula, and it contains a wealth of practical design information.
It is also intended as a reference book covering design considerations that are not obvi ous but are better not learned the hard way. It presents an overview of the ancillary apparatus associated with power electronics as well as examples of potential pitfalls in the design process. The book approaches these matters in a simple, directed fashion with a minimum reliance on calculus. I have tried to put the overall design process into perspective as regards the primary electronic components and the many associated components that are required for a system.
My intended audience is design engineers, design drafters, and technicians now working in the power electronics industry. Students studying in two- and four-year electrical engineering and engineering technology programs, advanced students seeking a ready reference, and engineers working in other industries but with a need to know some essential aspects of power electronics will all find the book both understandable and useful.
Readers of this book will most appreciate its down-to-earth approach, freedom from jargon and esoteric or nonessential information, the many simple illustrations used to clarify discussion points, and the vivid examples of costly design goofs. When I was in graduate school, I was given a copy of The Westinghouse Electrical Transmission and Distribution Reference Manual.
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