3rd Edition

SPICE for Power Electronics and Electric Power

By Muhammad H. Rashid Copyright 2012
    560 Pages 414 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    559 Pages 414 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Power electronics can be a difficult course for students to understand and for professors to teach. Simplifying the process for both, SPICE for Power Electronics and Electric Power, Third Edition illustrates methods of integrating industry standard SPICE software for design verification and as a theoretical laboratory bench.

    Helpful PSpice Software and Program Files Available for Download

    Based on the author Muhammad H. Rashid’s considerable experience merging design content and SPICE into a power electronics course, this vastly improved and updated edition focuses on helping readers integrate the SPICE simulator with a minimum amount of time and effort. Giving users a better understanding of the operation of a power electronics circuit, the author explores the transient behavior of current and voltage waveforms for each and every circuit element at every stage. The book also includes examples of all types of power converters, as well as circuits with linear and nonlinear inductors.

    New in this edition:

    • Student learning outcomes (SLOs) listed at the start of each chapter
    • Changes to run on OrCAD version 9.2
    • Added VPRINT1 and IPRINT1 commands and examples
    • Notes that identify important concepts
    • Mathematical relations for expected outcomes, where appropriate
    • The Fourier series of the output voltages for rectifiers and inverters
    • PSpice simulations of DC link inverters and AC voltage controllers with PWM control

    This book demonstrates techniques of executing power conversions and ensuring the quality of the output waveforms rather than the accurate modeling of power semiconductor devices. This approach benefits students, enabling them to compare classroom results obtained with simple switch models of devices. In addition, a new chapter covers multi-level converters.

    Assuming no prior knowledge of SPICE or PSpice simulation, the text provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to draw a schematic of a circuit, execute simulations, and view or plot the output results. It also includes suggestions for laboratory experiments and design problems that can be used for student homework assignments.


    Descriptions of SPICE

    Types of SPICE

    Types of Analysis

    Limitations of PSpice

    Descriptions of Simulation Software Tools

    PSpice Platform

    PSpice Schematics versus OrCAD Capture

    SPICE Resources

    Circuit Descriptions

    Input Files


    Element Values

    Circuit Elements

    Element Models


    Output Variables

    Types of Analysis

    PSpice Output Commands

    Format of Circuit Files

    Format of Output Files

    Examples of PSpice Simulations

    PSpice Schematics

    Importing Microsim Schematics in OrCAD Capture

    Defining Output Variables

    DC Sweep and Transient Analysis

    AC Analysis

    Output Markers

    Noise Analysis

    Voltage and Current Sources

    Sources Modeling

    Independent Sources

    Dependent Sources

    Behavioral Device Modeling

    Passive Elements

    Modeling of Elements

    Operating Temperature

    RLC Elements

    Magnetic Elements and Transformers

    Lossless Transmission Lines


    Dot Commands


    Types of Output

    Operating Temperature and End of Circuit


    DC Analysis

    AC Analysis

    Noise Analysis

    Transient Analysis

    Fourier Analysis

    Monte Carlo Analysis

    Sensitivity and Worst-Case Analysis

    Diode Rectifiers

    Diode Model

    Diode Statement

    Diode Characteristics

    Diode Parameters

    Diode Rectifiers

    Laboratory Experiments

    DC–DC Converters

    DC Switch Chopper

    BJT SPICE Model

    BJT Parameters

    Examples of BJT DC–DC Converters

    MOSFET Choppers

    MOSFET Parameters

    Examples of MOSFET DC–DC Converters

    IGBT Model

    Examples of IGBT DC−DC Converters

    Laboratory Experiment

    Pulse-Width–Modulated Inverters

    Voltage-Source Inverters

    Current-Source Inverters

    DC Link Inverters

    Laboratory Experiments

    Resonant-Pulse Inverters

    Resonant-Pulse Inverters

    Zero-Current Switching Converters

    Zero-Voltage Switching Converter

    Laboratory Experiments

    Controlled Rectifiers

    AC Thyristor Model

    Controlled Rectifiers

    Examples of Controlled Rectifiers

    Switched Thyristor DC Model

    GTO Thyristor Model

    Example of Forced-Commutated Rectifiers

    Laboratory Experiments

    AC Voltage Controllers

    AC Thyristor Model

    Phase-Controlled AC Voltage Controllers

    Examples of Phase-Controlled AC Voltage Controllers

    AC Voltage Controllers with PWM Control


    Laboratory Experiments

    Control Applications

    Op-Amp Circuits

    Control Systems

    Signal Conditioning Circuits

    Closed-Loop Current Control

    Characteristics of Electrical Motors

    DC Motor Characteristics

    Induction Motor Characteristics

    Simulation Errors, Convergence Problems, and Other Difficulties

    Large Circuits

    Running Multiple Circuits

    Large Outputs

    Long Transient Runs


    Analysis Accuracy

    Negative Component Values

    Power-Switching Circuits

    Floating Nodes

    Nodes with Fewer than Two Connections

    Voltage Source and Inductor Loops

    Running PSpice Files on SPICE

    Running SPICE Files on PSpice

    Using Earlier Version of Schematics


    Muhammad H. Rashid is a professor (and past director, 1997−2007) of electrical and computer engineering at the University of West Florida. Dr. Rashid received his BSc degree in electrical engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and his MSc and PhD degrees from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He has worked around the world as a professor of electrical engineering Dr. Rashid is actively involved in teaching, researching, and lecturing in power electronics. He has published 17 books and more than 140 technical papers. His books are adopted as textbooks all over the world. In addition, He has been invited by many foreign governments and agencies to give keynote lectures and consulted by foreign universities to serve as an external examiner for undergraduate, master’s degree, and PhD examinations, by funding agencies to review research proposals, and by U.S. and foreign universities to evaluate promotion cases for professorship. Among his many awards, Dr. Rashid has received the Outstanding Engineer Award from The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the IEEE Educational Activity Award (EAB) for Meritorious Achievement Award in Continuing Education, and the IEEE Undergraduate Teaching Award.

    " ...an excellent way to learn the basics of PSpice. It provides many examples, generally much better than the software manuals, on how each circuit element is specified and, more importantly, how the various options and special commands are used. There are also good examples that show how to model various circuit components such as a power transformer by using a combination of elements and commands. ... The material on simulation errors contains excellent advice on the little details in PSpice that are important when higher currents and voltages are being used in power electronics and other higher-power circuits. ... Electrical engineering students, especially those with a power engineering interest, will find this book very helpful for validating circuit designs. Electrical engineers will also find this book useful as a concise reference source for PSpice simulation examples for various power electronic circuit examples. It could also be used as a supplemental textbook in an undergraduate electrical engineering course, since it has problems listed at the end of each chapter and is a very good instructional resource book."
    IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, November/December 2013