Power Electronics Design, 1st Edition

Power Electronics Design, 1st Edition,Keith Sueker,ISBN9780750679275






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Key Features

* A down-to-earth approach, free of complex jargon and esoteric information.

* Over 200 illustrations to clarify discussion points.

* Examples of costly design goofs will provide invaluable cautionary advice.


This book serves as an invaluable reference to Power Electronics Design, covering the application of high-power semiconductor technology to large motor drives, power supplies, power conversion equipment, electric utility auxiliaries and numerous other applications.

Design engineers, design drafters and technicians in the power electronics industry, as well as students studying power electronics in various contexts, will benefit from Keith Sueker’s decades of experience in the industry. With this experience, the author has put the overall power electronics design process in the context of primary electronic components and the many associated components required for a system.

The seeming complexity of power electronics design is made transparent with Keith Sueker’s simple, direct language and a minimum reliance on mathematics. Readers will come away with a wealth of practical design information that has hundreds of explanatory diagrams to support it, having also seen many examples of potential pitfalls in the design process.


PRIMARY MARKET: Power Electronics Engineers; also, engineers, drafters, and technicians from industrial, environmental and other electrical disciplines which are involved in power electronics applications

SECONDARY MARKET: engineering students and professionals in continuing education training courses

Keith Sueker

Affiliations and Expertise

Engineering Consultant, Robicon Corp., Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Power Electronics Design, 1st Edition

List of Figures
List of Tables

Chapter 1: Electric Power
1.1 AC versus DC
1.2 Pivotal Inventions
1.3 Generation
1.4 Electric Traction
1.5 Electric Utilities
1.6 In-Plant Distribution
1.7 Emergency Power

Chapter 2: Power Apparatus
2.1 Switchgear
2.2 Surge Suppression
2.3 Conductors
2.4 Capacitors
2.5 Resistors
2.6 Fuses
2.7 Supply Voltages
2.8 Enclosures
2.9 Hipot, Corona, and BIL
2.10 Spacings
2.11 Metal Oxide Varistors
2.12 Protective Relays

Chapter 3: Analytical Tools
3.1 Symmetrical Components
3.2 Per Unit Constants
3.3 Circuit Simulation
3.4 Circuit Simulation Notes
3.5 Simulation Software

Chapter 4: Feedback Control Systems
4.1 Basics
4.2 Amplitude Responses
4.3 Phase Responses
4.4 PID Regulators
4.5 Nested Control Loops

Chapter 5: Transients
5.1 Line Disturbances
5.2 Circuit Transients
5.3 Electromagnetic Interference

Chapter 6: Traveling Waves
6.1 Basics
6.2 Transient Effects
6.3 Mitigating Measure

Chapter 7: Transformers and Reactors
7.1 Transformer Basics
7.2 Construction
7.3 Insulation Systems
7.4 Basic Insulation Level
7.5 Eddy Current Effects
7.6 Interphase Transformers
7.7 Transformer Connections
7.8 Reactors
7.9 Units
7.10 Cooling
7.11 Instrument Transformers

Chapter 8: Rotating Machines
8.1 Direct Current Machines
8.2 Synchronous Machines
8.3 Induction (Asynchronous) Machines
8.4 NEMA Designs
8.5 Frame Types
8.6 Linear Motors

Chapter 9: Rectifiers and Converters
9.1 Early Rectifiers
9.2 Mercury Vapor Rectifiers
9.3 Silicon Diodes – The Semiconductor Age
9.4 Rectifier Circuits – Single-Phase
9.5 Rectifier Circuits – Multiphase
9.6 Commutation

Chapter 10: Phase Control
10.1 The SCR
10.2 Forward Drop
10.3 SCR Circuits – AC Switches
10.4 SCR Motor Starters
10.5 SCR Converters
10.6 Inversion
10.7 Gate Drive Circuits
10.8 Power to the Gates
10.9 SCR Autotapchangers
10.10 SCR DC Motor Drives
10.11 SCR AC Motor Drives
10.12 Cycloconverters

Chapter 11: Series and Parallel Operation
11.1 Voltage Sharing
11.2 Current Sharing
11.3 Forced Sharing

Chapter 12: Pulsed Converters
12.1 Protective Devices
12.2 Transformers
12.3 SCRs

Chapter 13: Switchmode Systems
13.1 Pulse Width Modulation
13.2 Choppers
13.3 Boost Converters
13.4 The “H” Bridge
13.5 High-Frequency Operation
13.6 Harmonic Injection
13.7 Series Bridges

Chapter 14: Power Factor and Harmonics
14.1 Power Factor
14.2 Harmonics
14.3 Fourier Transforms
14.4 Interactions with the Utility
14.5 Telephone Influence Factor
14.6 Distortion Limits
14.7 Zero-Switching

Chapter 15: Thermal Considerations
15.1 Heat and Heat Transfer
15.2 Air Cooling
15.3 Water Cooling
15.4 Device Cooling
15.5 Semiconductor Mounting

Chapter 16: Power Electronics Applications
16.1 Motor Drives and SCR Starters
16.2 Glass Industry
16.3 Foundry Operations
16.4 Plasma Arcs and Arc Furnaces
16.5 Electrochemical Supplies
16.6 Cycloconverters
16.7 Extremely Low-Frequency Communications
16.8 Superconducting Magnet Energy Storage
16.9 600-kW Opamp
16.10 Ozone Generators
16.11 Semiconductor Silicon
16.12 VAR Compensators
16.13 Induction Furnace Switch
16.14 Tokamaks
16.15 Multi-tap Switching

Appendix A: Converter Equations
Appendix B: Lifting Forces
Appendix C: Commutation Notches and THDv
Appendix D: Capacitor Ratings
Appendix E: Rogowski Coils
Appendix F: Foreign Technical Words
Appendix G: Aqueous Glycol Solutions
Appendix H: Harmonic Cancellation with Phase Shifting
Appendix I: Neutral Currents with Nonsinusoidal Loads
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