The material for this updated text was originally written by Dr. William E. Newell, a noted authority on power electronics with the aid of his associates at the Westinghouse Research and Development Center. Until his untimely death in 1976, Dr. Newellhad devoted much of his life to helping practicingengineers and students alike better understand thefield of power electronics. As a “teacher” within Westinghouse, as well as at Carnegie MellonUniversity, Dr. Newell tested the materials in this text well, with over five years of use and refinement. We dedicate this text to the memory of Dr. Newellfor his unselfish contributions to the field of powerelectronics. In order that future generations of engineers and students can profit from the efforts of Dr. Newell, The Westinghouse Electric Corporationhas engaged his friends and colleague John W.Motto, Jr., to edit this work. John brings to this taskover 17 years of applications and ratings experienceon power semiconductor devices. We hope you find this text a worthwhile addition to your reference library. We appreciate any comments you might have so that your ideas can be reflected insucceeding editions of this text.POWEREX, Inc.200 Hillis Street Youngwood, PA 15697-1800
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