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AY 2016‐17
francesco musolino
>> Goals and contents
>> Course organization
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Electronic Drives

Master Degree in Electronics Master Degree in Mechatronics

Electronic Drives – Goals

 Develop skills, competencies, and abilities in power electronic circuits, with

particular emphasis on circuits and devices that are employed to drive electro-
mechanical actuators up to 1kW.

 Understand the technical terminology adopted in the specific literature of

electronic drives.

 Ability to critically evaluate pro and cons of the different kinds of electronic
drives, their limits and prerogatives.

 Ability to discuss the main performance parameters of the different topologies

and architecture of the electronic drives and to find out the relationships amon
Electronic Drives – Contents and key features

 Electronic drives: definition, structure, classifications and main properties;

 Electronic switches

 Electronic circuits that interface to electro-mechanical actuators:

 single phase and tri-phase AC-DC converters: rectifiers

 Monodirectional and bidirectional DC-DC switching converters.

 Electronic drives for capacitive loads (piezo-actuators)
 Electronic drives for stepping motors
 Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques.

 DC-AC switching converters: single phase and tri-phase voltage source inverters:
 Sinusoidal and square wave PWM techniques;
 Space vector modulation technique.
What you should already know and module organization

Advanced Electronic Drives:

 Previous courses on Electronics: methods to solve electrical/electronic circuits

 Signals and Communication: signal analysis, signal spectrum

 Power electronics

 6 credits: total load 60 hours

 14 weeks  4.5 h/w
 Total load (planned)
50 hours lessons
10 hours lab
Learning resources


 Slides, papers

Additional resources 
 M. H. Rashid, Power Electronics: Circuits, Devices, and Applications, 3rd
Edition, Prentice-Hall, 2004 or the Italian Edition (two books: M. H. Rashid,
Elettronica di Potenza: Dispositivi e Circuiti, Vol.1, Prentice- Hall, 2007 e M. H.
Rashid, Elettronica di Potenza: Applicazioni, Vol.2, Prentice-Hall, 2007).

 N. Mohan, T.M. Undeland, W.P. Robbins Power Electronics: Converters,

Applications, and Design, Wiley, 2002(Italian Edition: N. Mohan, T.M. Undeland,
W.P. Robbins Elettronica di potenza, convertitori ed applicazioni, HOEPLI,

 J.G.Kassakian, M.F.Schlecht, G.C.Verghese, "Principles of Power Electronics",

Prentice-Hall, 1991
Exam procedure

 30 minute (average) oral discussions

 Optional additional marks

 “Best Lesson Notes” prize

 Notes from the lessons (Latex format)
 Main requirements: usable to prepare next year course
 Well structured, readable….
 Only one winner/year
 0 to 2 points (/30)

 email:
 phone:  011.090.4166
 location:         3rd floor – Cittadella Politecnica – DET
Corso Castelfidardo 39