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Switching Power Converters

Medium and High Power, Second Edition, 2nd Edition

By Dorin O. Neacsu

CRC Press

589 pages | 482 B/W Illus.

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An examination of all of the multidisciplinary aspects of medium- and high-power converter systems, including basic power electronics, digital control and hardware, sensors, analog preprocessing of signals, protection devices and fault management, and pulse-width-modulation (PWM) algorithms, Switching Power Converters: Medium and High Power, Second Edition discusses the actual use of industrial technology and its related subassemblies and components, covering facets of implementation otherwise overlooked by theoretical textbooks.

The updated Second Edition contains many new figures, as well as new and/or improved chapters on:

  • Thermal management and reliability
  • Intelligent power modules
  • AC/DC and DC/AC current source converters
  • Multilevel converters
  • Use of IPM within a "network of switches" concept
  • Power semiconductors
  • Matrix converters
  • Practical aspects in building power converters

Providing the latest research and development information, along with numerous examples of successful home appliance, aviation, naval, automotive electronics, industrial motor drive, and grid interface for renewable energy products, this edition highlights advancements in packaging technologies, tackles the advent of hybrid circuits able to incorporate control and power stages within the same package, and examines design for reliability from the system level perspective.


"Power converters are a worldwide necessity. Every 5-6 years a new generation of devices and converter technology emerges. [The author] is very competent in this area, with strong experience in both industry and academia."

— Remus Teodorescu, Aalborg University, Denmark

Table of Contents

Introduction to Medium- and High-Power Switching Converters

Conventional Power Converters

High-Power Semiconductor Devices

Basic Three-Phase Inverters

Carrier-Based PWM and Operation Limits

Vectorial PWM for Basic Three-Phase Inverters

Practical Aspects in Building Three-Phase Power Converters

Thermal Management and Reliability

Implementation of PWM Algorithms

Practical Aspects in Closed-Loop Control

Intelligent Power Modules

Other Topologies

Resonant Three-Phase Power Converters

Component Minimized Three-Phase Power Converters

AC/DC Grid Interface Based on Voltage Source Converters

Parallel and Interleaved Power Converters

AC/DC and DC/AC Current Source Converters

AC/AC Matrix Converters as a 9-Switch Topology

Multilevel Converters

Use of IPM Within a "Network Of Switches" Concept

About the Author

Author of three US patents, Dorin O. Neacsu is associate professor for, and holds an M.Sc and Ph.D in electronics from, the Technical University of Iasi, Romania. He also holds an M.Sc in engineering management from Tufts Gordon Institute, Medford, Massachusetts, USA. The well-published, senior IEEE member has worked with TAGCM-SUT Iasi, Romania; Universite du Quebec a Trois Rivieres, Canada; General Motors/Delphi, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; International Rectifier, El Segundo, California, USA; SatCon, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Azure Dynamics/Solectria, Woburn, Massachusetts, USA; University of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; and United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical