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3rd Edition

SPICE for Power Electronics and Electric Power

ISBN 9781138077676
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
559 Pages 414 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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 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

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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