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December 23, 2010 0123820367 978-0123820365 3

Power electronics, which is a rapidly growing area in terms of research and applications, uses modern electronics technology to convert electric power from one form to another, such as ac-dc, dc-dc, dc-ac, and ac-ac with a variable output magnitude and frequency. It has many applications in our every day life such as air-conditioners, electric cars, sub-way trains, motor drives, renewable energy sources and power supplies for computers. This book covers all aspects of switching devices, converter circuit topologies, control techniques, analytical methods and some examples of their applications.

Designed to appeal to a new generation of engineering professionals, Power Electronics Handbook, 3rd Edition features four new chapters covering renewable energy, energy transmission, energy storage, as well as an introduction to Distributed and Cogeneration (DCG) technology, including gas turbines, gensets, microturbines, wind turbines, variable speed generators, photovoltaics and fuel cells, has been gaining momentum for quite some time grid technology. With this book readers should be able to provide technical design leadership on assigned power electronics design projects and lead the design from the concept to production involving significant scope and complexity.

  • Contains 45 chapters covering all aspects of power electronics and its applications
  • Three new chapters now including coverage Energy Sources, Energy Storage and Electric Power Transmission
  • Contributions from more than fifty leading experts spanning twelve different countries

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About the Author

Professor Rashid is an internationally recognized leading teacher, author, and researcher in this field. Rashid is the author of the bestselling textbook for the undergraduate power electronics course (Power Electronics-Circuits, Devices, and Applications, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall, 1993, ISBN: 013678996X) as well as a successful professional tutorial published by the IEEE (Fundamentals of Power Electronics: A Self Study Course, IEEE Press, 1996, ISBN: 0780323084). Rashid is a registered professional engineer in Canada, a Fellow of the IEE (London), and has won the IEEE Outstanding Engineer award. Rashid is also a member of the U.S. engineering acreditation team, ABET. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The purpose of Power Electronics Handbook is to provide a reference that is both concise and useful for engineering students and practicing professionals. It is designed to cover a wide range of topics that make up the field of power electronics in a well-organized and highly informative manner. The Handbook is a careful blend of both traditional topics and new advancements. Special emphasis is placed on practical applications, thus, this Handbook is not a theoretical one, but an enlightening presentation of the usefulness of the rapidly growing field of power electronics. The presentation is tutorial in nature in order to enhance the value of the book to the reader and foster a clear understanding of the material.

The contributors to this Handbook span the globe, with fifty-four authors from twelve different countries, some of whom are the leading authorities in their areas of expertise. All were chosen because of their intimate knowledge of their subjects, and their contributions make this a comprehensive state-of-the-art guide to the expanding field of power electronics and its applications covering:

* the characteristics of modern power semiconductor devices, which are used as switches to perform the power conversions from ac-dc, dc-dc, dc-ac, and ac-ac;

* both the fundamental principles and in-depth study of the operation, analysis, and design of various power converters; and

* examples of recent applications of power electronics.

Power Electronics Backgrounds

The first electronics revolution began in 1948 with the invention of the silicon transistor at Bell Telephone Laboratories by Bardeen, Bratain, and Schockley. Most of today’s advanced electronic technologies are traceable to that invention, and modern microelectronics has evolved over the years from these silicon semiconductors. The second electronics revolution began with the development of a commercial thyristor by the General Electric Company in 1958. That was the beginning of a new era of power electronics. Since then, many different types of power semiconductor devices and conversion techniques have been introduced.

The demand for energy, particularly in electrical forms, is ever-increasing in order to improve the standard of living. Power electronics helps with the efficient use of electricity, thereby reducing power consumption. Semiconductor devices are used as switches for power conversion or processing, as are solid state electronics for efficient control of the amount of power and energy flow. Higher efficiency and lower losses are sought for devices for a range of applications, from microwave ovens to high-voltage dc transmission. New devices and power electronic systems are now evolving for even more effective control of power and energy.

Power electronics has already found an important place in modern technology and has revolutionized control of power and energy. As the voltage and current ratings and switching characteristics of power semiconductor devices keep improving, the range of applications continues to expand in areas such as lamp controls, power supplies to motion control, factory automation, transportation, energy storage, multi-megawatt industrial drives, and electric power transmission and distribution. The greater efficiency and tighter control features of power electronics are becoming attractive for applications in motion control by replacing the earlier electro-mechanical and electronic systems. Applications in power transmission include high-voltage dc (VHDC) converter stations, flexible ac transmission system (FACTS), and static-var compensators. In power distribution these include dc-to-ac conversion, dynamic filters, frequency conversion, and Custom Power System.

Almost all new electrical or electromechanical equipment, from household air conditioners and computer power supplies to industrial motor controls, contain power electronic circuits and=or systems. In order to keep up, working engineers involved in control and conversion of power and energy into applications ranging from several hundred voltages at a fraction of an ampere for display devices to about 10,000 V at high-voltage dc transmission, should have a working knowledge of power electronics.


The Handbook starts with an introductory chapter and moves on to cover topics on power semiconductor devices, power converters, applications and peripheral issues. The book is organized into six areas, the first of which includes chapters on operation and characterizations of power semiconductor devices: power diode, thyristor, gate turn-off thyristor (GTO), power bipolar transistor (BJT), power MOSFET, insulated gate bipolar transistor, MOS controlled thyristor (MCT), and static induction devices.

The next topic area includes chapters covering various types of power converters, the principles of operation and the methods for the analysis and design of power converters. This also includes gate drive circuits and control methods for power converters. The next three chapters cover applications in power supplies, electronics ballasts, renewable energy sources, HVDC transmission, VAR compensation, and capacitor charging.

The following six chapters focus on the operation, theory and control methods of motor drives, and automotive systems. We then move on to two chapters on power quality issues and active filters, and two chapters on computer simulation, packaging and smart power systems.

Locating Your Topic

A table of contents is presented at the front of the book, and each chapter begins with its own table of contents. The reader should look over these tables of contents to become familiar with the structure, organization, and content of the book.


The Handbook is designed to provide both students and practicing engineers with answers to questions involving the wide spectrum of power electronics. The book can be used as a textbook for graduate students in electrical or systems engineering, or as a reference book for senior undergraduate students and for engineers who are interested and involved in operation, project management, design, and analysis of power electronics equipment and motor drives.


This Handbook was made possible through the expertise and dedication of outstanding authors from throughout the world. I gratefully acknowledge the personnel at Academic Press who produced the book, including Jane Phelan. In addition, special thanks are due to Joel D. Claypool, the executive editor for this book.

Finally, I express my deep appreciation to my wife, Fatema Rashid, who graciously puts up with my publication activities.

Muhammad H. Rashid, Editor-in-Chief --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1362 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 3 edition (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123820367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123820365
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Editor and Contributors (mostly from Universities) carefully selected and organized power electronics in 35 Chapters that cover modern electronic devices (except IGCT); rectifiers; converters; inverters; gate drives; control methods for power converters, power supplies; capacitor charging associated electronics, photovoltaic and wind related electronics; HVDC transmission; drive types; motor drives; sensorless vector, direct-torque-control drives, fuzzy-logic, and artificial-intelligence-based drives; automotive applications of power electronics; power quality; active filters; computer simulation of power electronics and motor drives; and packaging and smart power systems.
Many informative Figures in this Handbook saved many thousands of words.
Each relatively small topic/paragraph has pertinent reference(s) for further enhancement or studies, which makes this handbook very valuable for students, engineers, educators, enthusiasts, etc.
Additional useful areas that might have been added are, for example: Hybrid filters (a combination of active and passive filters), acronym & abbreviation section (to avoid multiple spellouts in the same book), etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Power Electronics Engineers February 27, 2014
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Right from the Basics/Fundamentals of Power Electronics to many advanced topics are covered in extensive details. Is a perfect companion for Engineers and Academicians, actively involved in the field of Power Electronics and Electric Drives.

Dr. T.A. Buchh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book July 27, 2013
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A very excellent book for you to have in your library. There is a very strong reference content and there are great updated subjects.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Large overview of Power Electronics August 27, 2012
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This is a very large text that covers a large number of topics. It provides a large number of references for all the cited topics. There are other books on specific topics that go into more depth, but none cover the breadth of this book. Its not a place to start study of power electronics, but is a good reference for those looking to expand knowledge in the area.
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