372.033 Power electronics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2018W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise

Aim of course

Knowledge about different methods for the analysis of power electronic circuit topologies (analytical as well as graphical, because analytical calculations can be performed only in exceptional cases due to the nonlinear and varying structure behavior of power electronic circuits). Understanding of the operation principles of line-, load- and self-commutated converters (commutation principle, current and voltage waveforms of basic circuit structures and discussion of applications).

Subject of course

Power Electronics usally is defined as "control and conversion of electrical energy by application of electronic switches". Consequently, power electronics serves as a basis for modern electrical drives, for power supplies and for many other industrial applications and, therefore, is defined as a substantial part of Industrial Electronics by leading companies of the electric industry. The lecture covers the most important components, power and control circuits as well as electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).

Additional information

Registration/Lecture Notes for winter semester 2017/18

No registration is required for this course.

You may order lecture notes (german language) by sending an email to  skriptum.372033@gmx.at
as soon as possible, not later than Oct. 3rd, 2018.

This email should be formed exclusively by a single subject line like following

"LE, family name, given name, 1-seitig"  (= lecture notes, sigle sided copyt) or
"LE, family name, given name, 2-seitig"  (= lecture notes, double sided copyt)  (as you prefer)

actual version:  Ed. WS12/13, appr. 140 pages, EUR 10,-
(= Ed. WS09/10 + some minor extensions)

The lecture notes are sold at the beginning of the first course on Oct. 5th, 2018.
The lecture notes are pure "working notes" containing circuit and signal drawings and buzz words and phrases but not conjunctive text. Consequently, the lecture notes are not suited for pure self-study purposes (please use the well known power electronic text books for this case).




Course dates

Fri12:00 - 14:0005.10.2018 - 18.01.2019EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Power electronics - Single appointments
Fri05.10.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri12.10.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri19.10.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri09.11.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri16.11.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri23.11.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri30.11.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri07.12.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri14.12.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri21.12.201812:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri11.01.201912:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL
Fri18.01.201912:00 - 14:00EI 9 Hlawka HS ERTL

Examination modalities

written and oral


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed11:30 - 13:3003.06.2020EI 9 Hlawka HS written&oral20.05.2020 11:00 - 01.06.2020 12:00TISS03.06.2020
Wed11:30 - 13:3008.07.2020EI 9 Hlawka HS written&oral24.06.2020 12:00 - 06.07.2020 12:00TISS08.07.2020
Wed11:30 - 13:3012.08.2020EI 9 Hlawka HS written&oral29.07.2020 12:00 - 10.08.2020 12:00TISS12.08.2020
Wed11:30 - 13:3009.09.2020EI 9 Hlawka HS written&oral26.08.2020 12:00 - 07.09.2020 12:00TISS09.09.2020

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 435 Power Engineering 1. Semester
066 436 Automation 1. Semester
066 506 Energy Systems and Automation Technology 1. Semester
066 507 Telecommunications 1. Semester


Lecture notes for this course are available from the lecturer only. 

additional literature:

J.Specovius,"Grundkurs Leistungselektronik", vieweg (in German)
N.Mohan,"Power Electronics", J. Wiley

supplementary: F. Zach, "Leistungselektronik", 4th Ed., Springer (in German)

strongly recommended:  iPES (Web-based power electronic education system of ETH Zürich)