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Development of Versatile Buck Converter Module for Laboratory Experiment in Power Electronic Course

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2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting


California State University, Los Angeles , California

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April 4, 2019

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April 4, 2019

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April 6, 2019

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Taufik Taufik California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

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Dr. Taufik received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with minor in Computer Science from Northern Arizona University in 1993, M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago in 1995, and Doctor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University in 1999. He joined the Electrical Engineering department at Cal Poly State University in 1999 where he is currently a tenured Professor. He is a Senior Member of IEEE and has done consulting work and has been employed by several companies including Capstone Microturbine, Rockwell Automation (Allen-Bradley), Picker International, San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Energy, APD Semiconductor, Diodes Inc., and Enerpro Inc.

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Christian Pierce Cross Monolithic Power Systems


Robert L Halbach Monolithic Power Systems

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Robert Halbach received his BS in Electronics Engineering from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo in 1995, and his MS in Electrical Engineering in 1999 form Santa Clara University. He has over 20 years experience in analog, system, and power design and is currently the Director of Field Applications at Monolithic Power Systems.

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Majid Poshtan Cal Poly Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Majid Poshtan obtained his PhD in EECE from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA in 2000. Dr. Poshtan has over 20 years of wide-ranging experience in EE academic and industry. He is an expert in electric power systems, transmission planning, short circuits studies and protection, condition monitoring of generators, induction motors, transformers and power cables, substation design, power system computer simulators, and Real Time simulator. Dr. Poshtan is currently an associate professor at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, USA.

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Power electronics as an enabling technology has become increasingly important in today’s society where energy-efficient intensive-computing electrical systems such as portable consumer electronics are increasingly popular and prevalent. In addition, any applications requiring conversion of electrical energy from one form to another will require power electronics, such as those commonly found in renewable energy applications. The most widely used power electronic circuit is the Buck regulator. The circuit is typically found in a system with a single battery that powers many integrated circuits at various voltage levels such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc. To prepare students with the necessary background and skills in power electronics, the electrical engineering department at Cal Poly State University offers several courses in power electronics. Each course also comes with laboratory component to allow students to learn hands-on power electronic circuit design, test, and measurement. Recently, the power electronic lab courses have undergone revamping efforts to modernize and upgrade the laboratory equipment and experiments to better align with today’s advancement in power electronic technology and the needs from power electronic industry. One major update that has been completed is the Buck converter lab module. This paper presents the development of a new Buck converter module to demonstrate practical design aspects and considerations of a Buck converter. The new module was designed and fully supported by Monolithic Power Systems (MPS), a power semiconductor company in San Jose, following the learning outcomes of the lab course as will be presented in this paper. This paper further discusses in detail the various operations and functionalities of the new Buck module to fulfill the specific learning outcomes of the power electronic courses. In addition, the paper presents an overview of the laboratory experiments that have been developed to utilize the module, along with initial student’s performance.

Taufik, T., & Cross, C. P., & Halbach, R. L., & Poshtan, M. (2019, April), Development of Versatile Buck Converter Module for Laboratory Experiment in Power Electronic Course Paper presented at 2019 Pacific Southwest Section Meeting, California State University, Los Angeles , California. 10.18260/1-2--31822

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