The Significance of Fourier Analysis

The switch action in a conversion circuit is most often periodic. The waveforms themselves are rather choppy and sometimes discontinuous. We must form an approximate DC output of a rectifier, for instance, by piecing together ‘chunks’ of the AC input. Given the strange waveforms and the periodic action, how can we determine whether a conversion operation is successful? What filtering is […]

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Recap of Power Electronics

Power electronics involves the study of electronic circuits intended to control the flow of electrical energy. These circuits handle power flow at levels higher than the individual device ratings. Energy conversion is our business because people use light, mechanical work, information, heat and other tangible results of energy – not electricity itself. In most electronics, devices are limited by their […]

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Filtering a Switched Power Supply

As seen in the previous post, a simple switch or diode rectified output is still not a clean DC signal. The waveform contains AC components on top of the DC offset. The simplest methods for smoothing this output involve filtering through the use of passive storage elements such as capacitors or inductors. In essence, these components tend to smooth the […]

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Important Variables and Notation

In a power electronic system, several electrical quantities are of special interest. Efficiency has already been identified in previous posts. Maximum values of currents and voltages will be needed to determine the necessary device ratings. Energy flow is the underlying objective, and power and energy levels in each part of the system are very important. We are most interested in […]

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