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Fundamentals of Power Electronics 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0792372707
ISBN-10: 0792372700
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 883 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2nd edition (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792372700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792372707
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 5, 2004
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First off, this book is NOT a cookbook. It will not tell you how to design a power supply for a specific application. But this is not the books purpose. This book is written for those who wish to understand in depth knowledge of power conversion. It is written as a text book. If the reader took the time to understand what is written (and it is written well) then the person would be able to design a power supply for any application using any topolgy. It teaches you the first principles of power conversion in order for you to apply it. Out of all my power electronic books this is my favorite book by far. If you are a power supply designer this book is a must.
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Fundamentals of Power Electronics, by Erickson and Maksimovic, has become one of my new favorite reference books for DC-DC Converter design. My library is full of similar books, but most only contain insignificant bits of information, are needlessly difficult, or just plain worthless (but a requisite in the power engineering bookcase). The massive FPE combines the best of them all, exceeding even my former favorites (those by Tater, Billings, or Pressman). Although written as a textbook with the usual exercises at the end of each chapter (and frustratingly, with no answers) it is full of practical, applicable information. It has excellent chapters on inductors and transformers, with practical information such as inter-weaved windings for reduced leakage. It has one of the best treatments of Bode plots than any one book I have contains (I can now retire my old Valkenburg). Thankfully, it does not waste pages with useless Nyquist or other esoteric loop stability analysis methods. Nice index and appendix. I wish Maksimovic had included a section on his famous switched-capacitor circuit, even if not technically a power circuit. I highly recommend this book for any engineer seriously involved in power electronics.
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By Andy G on September 15, 2013
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I haven't finished the course yet, so I haven't finished the book by a long shot. So far it's fine. The first few chapters cover Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost, and Cuk converters. Steady state, ripple analysis, and continuous vs discontinuous conduction mode. I assume we'll get to transient analysis before too long too. If you have a strong sense of what Power Electronics is (what the combination of those two words together means specifically) then the material should be easy enough to grasp for you.

Chapter Titles:
1 Introduction
2 Principles of Steady State Converter Analysis
3 Steady-State Equivalent Circuit Modeling, Losses, and Efficiency
4 Switch Realization
5 The Discontinuous Conduction Mode
6 Converter Circuits
7 AC Equivalent Circuit Modeling
8 Converter Transfer Functions
9 Controller Design
10 Input Filter Design
11 AC and DC Equivalent Circuit Modeling of the Discontinuous Conduction Mode
12 Current Programmed Control
13 Basic Magnetics Theory
14 Inductor Design
15 Transformer Design
16 Power and Harmonics in Nonsinusoidal Systems
17 Line-Commutated Rectifiers
18 Pulse-Width Modulated Rectifiers
19 Resonant Conversion
20 Soft Switching
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The book is an excellent text for understanding power electronics and power supplies. My background is in analog circuits, microelectronics, RF, and high-voltage, and I found this book very easy to follow and extraordinarily thorough. The device physics in this book is a little thin, but not a concern to me. I would recommend Mohan's book for a more in-depth treatment of device physics or other device physics texts. Having already read half the book, I am currently in the midst of repairing a 14kVDC power supply for a radar system and this book made it very easy to troubleshoot and repair an inoperative power supply. I would highly recommend this book for someone looking to understand the inner-workings of power supplies, or power electronics in general down to its 'nuts and bolts'.
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I would agree with the other reviewer that this is not a "how to" book. The book approaches the subject from an academic viewpoint. The reader is expected to fill in between the lines with previous experience. It appears that the authors, professors as U of C, supplement the text with worked out examples for their students. I would recomend it to people already versed in the subject and want more information.I found it for half price and this makes it worth buying as a reference.
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This is much less of a technology survey book than a serious, detailed engineering text. We jump right into transient analysis of switching converters, differential equations, frequency response plots, gain curves and other elements of hard-core engineering. If you want to know what components to buy off the shelf, this is not the book for you. If, as was my case, you are thinking of trying to design some power electronics, this is definitely the book for you. In the end, I hired one of the top power electronics people in the country. Largely thanks to having read this book I was able to understand what he was doing, and provide useful input to the design trade-offs we were making.

I am a little hesitant to give this book 5 stars because it targets a very narrow audience, but I feel it does a great job of meeting the needs of that audience, so 5 stars it is. I think the author of the 1-star review does a good job of explaining who this book *isnt* for. I am happy to offset him.
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