Chapter 19 -- A Sequence of Power Electronics Experiments Version 3.01 August, 1997
CHAPTER 19 -- A SEQUENCE OFPOWER ELECTRONICS EXPERIMENTS
This Chapter lists a series of experiments, with explanatory material, suitable forexploring power electronics in depth. Four sets of experiments are included: a set of rectifier experiments that includes a laboratory orientation sequence, a set of dc-dcconverter experiments, inverter experiments, and component experiments. An additionalset, directed toward a dc-dc converter design project, is included as well. The Chapterin many ways stands alone as a Laboratory Manual; its inclusion here in the text helpsprovide a complete context for work in power electronics.
19.1.2 Safety information
The experiments discussed here are designed for relatively low power levels of about 100 W and below. They therefore can be performed with a minimum investmentin special instrumentation and equipment, and safety concerns are minimized. However,the risks are not negligible, and it is important to make proper preparations and use duecare in performing the work. Safe lab practice is the responsibility of the experimenter.It is not possible to perform completely benign power electronics experiments; damagedcomponents or expensive repairs will be necessary if basic safety rules are not addressed.It is especially important to be careful when working with spinning motors, andparts which become hot from power dissipation. Even if rugged equipment is chosen,many instruments can be damaged when driven beyond ratings. Please follow the safetyprecautions listed to avoid injury, discomfort, and lost lab time.•
Be aware of which connections are grounded, and which are not.The most common cause of equipment damage is unintended shorts to ground.Remember that most oscilloscopes are designed to measure voltage relative toground, not between two arbitrary points.•
Before applying power, check that the voltage, current, and powerlevels you expect to see do not violate any ratings. What is the power expectedin a given resistor or other component? Does the device have polarity, and is itconnected in the proper direction?•
Small parts can become hot enough to cause burns with as little as onewatt applied to them. Even large resistors will become hot if five watts or so areapplied.19-1