Other classical applications include adjustable-speed ac and dc drives for use in industry, switch-mode power supplies, audio amplifiers, uninterruptible power supplies and welding machines. In the last decade, power electronics and electrical drives have deeply penetrated the renewable energy sector.
Today, power electronic converters provide vital functionality in a diversity of new technologies, including large wind turbine systems, fuel cells systems and photo-voltaic power generation. Further, motor drives comprising power electronic converters and advanced electric machines play a key role in the transportation sector, where new technologies are exploited in order to electrify many kinds of vehicle.
Description of Study Programme
On the MSc specialisation in Power Electronics and Drives (PED), you will study efficient and intelligent energy conversion employing power electronic technology and electrical machines. You are going to study these topics analytically, numerically and experimentally in an innovative research environment.
This specialisation combines state-of-the-art technologies with conventional technologies, for example power semiconductor devices, electronics, electro-magnetics, digital signal processors, control theory, EMC and energy technology.
The themes for the study in Power Electronics and Drives provide you with in-depth understanding of the technologies and scientific disciplines involved in electric energy conversion by means of power electronic converters and electric machines.
Moreover, the PED specialisation offers core competences in power electronic converters, electrical machines and control engineering. The objective of this international program is to provide you with the ability to model, analyse, synthesize and develop PED systems. We also focus on how power electronics and drives interact with externally connected components or systems. Hence, upon completion of this programme, you are well-fitted for applying for a long range of jobs.
The objectives of the Power Electronics and Drives MSc syllabus are to provide you with:
- Detailed understanding of the operation, function and interaction between various components and sub-systems used in power electronic converters, electric machines and adjustable-speed drives
- Knowledge enabling design, modelling, simulation and synthesis of power converter-based systems used for conversion of electric nergy
- Experience in design of controllers for PED systems using classical and modern control theory
- Experience in the practical implementation of controllers using for example digital signal processors
- To enable you to develop, construct, operate and test power electronic converters and drives in the laboratory
Experimental work plays a key role in the syllabus. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available, offering you excellent opportunities for constructing and testing prototypes of electronic systems and electric machines. Facilities for testing power electronic components, converters and high power systems are also at your disposal.
This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.
You will study topics like
- How do we ensure production using the lowest possible energy consumption?
- Should future electrical vehicles be driven by a permanent magnet motor or an induction motor?
- Which kind of generator provides the highest efficiency in a given application?
- How does the drive system in a production process influence the production quality?
- How do we produce an electric motor with a high efficiency adapted to a production process?
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PROBLEM based learning (PBL)
Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.
When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.
COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.
YOUR TEACHER DOES RESEARCH
At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.
studying in aalborg
As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.
RATED FOR EXELLENCE
Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.