Converting Between AC and DC Power

This lab covers how energy is converted between AC and DC forms. Students will complete activities to produce DC power from AC power using a rectifier, and to produce AC power from DC power using an inverter.
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This is lab 3 of 4 in the course, Energy Systems Analysis.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the theory behind passive rectification.
  2. Explain the distinction between single and three-phase rectification.
  3. Apply concepts in power factor and harmonic noise to rectifier design decisions.
  4. Describe the theory behind power inverters.
  5. Evaluate inverter output waveforms in terms of harmonic distortion and noise.
  6. Differentiate microprocessor and FPGA-generated reference signals and explain their relative advantages.


  • Introduction to Physics or equivalent
  • Circuits 1 or equivalent
  • Circuits 2 (Semiconductors) or equivalent
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency


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Quanser Energy Systems Board for NI ELVIS III

Application board for NI ELVIS III which provides an experimental platform to introduce system-level concepts of power electronics and energy conversion.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.


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