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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2011


The unit looks at the use of power electronic converters in applications such as variable speed motor drives and electrical grid energy control. It analyses voltage and current source inverters operating under open and closed loop regulation, develops advanced models of AC motors, and then integrates these concepts into variable speed drives for AC motors. A similar approach is used for DC motor drive systems, first using multipulse SCR converters and then hard switched converters for more advanced systems based on brushless DC and stepper servo motors. Finally, topologies such as cycloconverters, matrix converters and multilevel converters are presented, together with typical applications.


To understand
The way in which electrical motors can operate at variable speeds
The use of power electronic converters for variable speed motor control
How electrical energy can be controlled by power electronic converters for industrial processes and to improve power quality.


Laboratory and assignment work: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%. Student must achieve a mark of 45% in each component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Arthur Lowery

Contact hours

2 hours lectures, 3 hours laboratory/practice classes and 7 hours private study per week


(ECE2031 and ECE2061) or TRC2500


ECE3051 or (TRC3501 and TRC3600)


ECE4504, ECE5054, ECE5504