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See the CURRICULUM FOR ADVANCED POWER ELECTRONICS

As a student in the Master’s programme in Advanced Power Electronics (APEL), you will work with advanced power electronics, electric drives system and learn about motors/generators, intelligent control, diagnostic, and integration of drive systems in transportation and industrial sectors.

You will explore questions such as:

  • How to extend the lifetime of a wind turbine drive system?
  • How to make a control system for an under water robotic system equipped with power electronics?
  • How to make the non-linear control for the drive system for an inspection drone?
  • How to make a drive system for the future electrical vehicle?
  • How to design the reliable power electronic systems?
  • How to implement intelligent control dynamics for industrial electronic systems?
  • How to design an intelligent drone system for navigation?
  • How to improve robot performance in the industry through advanced control and integration of sensors?

The teaching in the programme takes place in an innovative, dynamic and challenging environment, through a combination of research-based courses, team-based project work, and a high degree of interaction with industrial partners and energy supply companies.

The companies take an active part in providing project proposals for the problem-oriented project work, guest lectures and visits to the companies.

In each semester (except for the last) you will spend half of your study time on courses and course work while the other half of your time will be spent doing a semester project. Each semester has an overall theme, and within this theme, you conduct a semester project with your project group, where you investigate and attempt to solve a relevant issue within your field of study.

The study programmes at Aalborg University are based on problem based learning and project work, which 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 in your semester projects, which will better prepare you for your future career.

An example of a project is The Smart Home Project - a cooporation between Aalborg University Esbjerg and Solar Flex - which you can learn more about in the video below. 

 

ENERGY LABORATORIES

At the Department of Energy Technology, you will find well-equipped facilities, modern test laboratories that enable you to conduct exciting laboratory experiments. These tests will verify the theoretical analysis that you apply during the project work.

The laboratories with advanced computer based measurement and control facilities allow you to perform realistic tests. A large, well-equipped laboratory is available, offering you excellent opportunities for constructing and testing prototypes of advanced power electronic systems and electric machines. Facilities for testing drones, under water robots, and intelligent control systems are also at your disposal.

Read more about the laboratory facilities.
 

1st SEMESTEr

You and your project group will analyse the diagnosis and maintenance of different electronic, power electronic or drive systems. Your focus can be for example on the actual design of the diagnostic system, different system identification methods and maintenance strategies.

You analyse and model the system you have chosen, and then you do experiments in the laboratories to verify the system, a model of the system, or parts of the system.

You document the work in a project report. And you have the possibility to choose between two different courses, one about how to write a scientific paper about the project work and the other a control and Matlab course.

Furthermore, students from another university than Aalborg University also have one small extra course about Problem Based Learning (PBL) which is the primary teaching method used at Aalborg University.

courses

  • Scientific Paper and Conference on Diagnosis and Maintenance (Elective) (5 ECTS)
  • System Identification and Diagnosis (5 ECTS)
  • Condition Monitoring and Product Life Cycle Management (5 ECTS)
  • Probability Theory, Stochastic Processes and Applied Statistics (5 ECTS)
  • Control Theory and MATLAB (Elective) (5 ECTS)

PROJEcT

  • Diagnosis and Maintenance (10 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Parameter identification and modelling of PV systems
  • Fault detection of microgrids and power electronic converters
  • Design of a current protection circuit for a grid-connected energy storage system
  • Parameter identification and modelling of mechatronic systems

2nd SEMESTEr

In the second semester, your project will focus on a power electronic converter, a power source and an application, typically an AC electrical machine or an AC grid. When you and your project group have chosen a system to study, you will describe the operating principles for the system. In addition, you will formulate a control problem including the key specifications and find a relevant digital control method for the system.

At least one method is selected for practical implementation in a real system incorporating a power electronic converter, a power source and a load, and a real‐time digital control system based on a digital signal processor or a micro controller in the laboratory.

courses

  • Non-linear Control and Reliability (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Power Electronics and Applications (5 ECTS)
  • Dynamic Modelling of Electrical Machines and Control Systems (5 ECTS)

PROJEcT

  • Control of Power Electronic Systems (15 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Control of grid connected inverters for renewable energy systems
  • Design and Control of multilevel converters for PV systems
  • Design and Control of DC-DC converters
  • Dynamic modelling and control of drones
  • Modelling and optimisation of a drone’s power and propulsion system
  • Control of AC drives for smooth propagation

3rd SEMESTEr

During the third semester, you have different options to earn the required 30 ECTS:

  • You can combine your project work (20 ECTS) with elective courses (10 ECTS) at Aalborg University
  • You can also combine your project work (20 ECTS) with either a traineeship in Denmark or abroad (10 ECTS), where you take part in the day-to-day operations. During the traineeship, you will write a paper and a mini project about one or more of your tasks during the process
  • Or you can choose to study as a guest student (30 ECTS) at another university in Denmark or abroad

If you opt to stay at Aalborg University, you will choose elective courses that give you 10 ECTS credits, and you will work on a project that includes an application in a power electronic converter, a power source and an embedded system. During the project work, you will describe the operating principles for the system and formulate a control problem including the key specifications and set up a dynamic simulation model. Different advanced control methods like predictive, adaptive, and robust control strategies are designed or artificial intelligence can be used. You will select at least one method for practical implementation in a real system, incorporating hardware and software and a real‐time digital advanced control system based on a digital signal processor or a microcontroller.  Finally, you will test the whole system and evaluate the developed control strategies with the purpose of verifying the hypothesis, as well as drawing conclusions based on the achieved result.

To practice scientific communication skills, the project’s result, or parts of it, must be published in an article written in English. You are recommended to present your article at an internal seminar.

Aalborg University has collaboration agreements with universities around the world, and the programme’s research environment has a wide range of traineeship contacts.

Find out more about studying abroad here.

Elective courses

  • Artificial Intelligence (5 ECTS)
  • Adaptive and Predictive Control (5 ECTS)
  • Advanced Modelling and Control of Voltage Source Converters (5 ECTS)
  • Control of Grid Connected Photovoltaic and Wind Turbine Systems (5 ECTS)
  • Fault Tolerant Control (5 ECTS)
  • Modern Electrical Drives (5 ECTS)
  • Modern Power Electronic Devices and their Models (5 ECTS)
  • Test and Validation (5 ECTS)

PROJEcT

  • Advanced Control in Industrial Electronics (20 ECTS)

examples of pROJEcT topics

  • Power production and storage for on-board ROTV’s
  •  Non-linear control of grid connected converters
  • Robust control of DC-DC converters
  • Fault detection for multilevel converters
  • Intelligent drone navigation and control utilising advanced sensors and vision
  • AI based visual inspection of industrial structures using drones and robots
  • Development of power electronics converters and modulation methods for lower distortion factors

4th SEMESTEr

In the fourth semester, you write your Master’s thesis where you draw on all the knowledge, experience and skills you have acquired during your studies. Depending on your choice of topic, the thesis will involve developmental work, further development, or actual research.

master’s thesis

  • Self-selected topic (30 ECTS)

examples of thesis topics

  • Design and Control power electronic converters
  • Model based prediction of condition of electric drive systems
  • Predictive control of PMSM drive
  • Condition monitoring of electrical drives
  • Torque control of electrical drives
  • Control and power management of AC/DC microgrids
  • Optimised PWM technique for power electronic converters
  • Active damping of grid connected converters
  • Advanced energy management system for  smart energy systems
  • Intelligent drone navigation and control utilising advanced sensors and vision
  • Intelligent and reliable control of industrial robotic systems
  • Development of power converters for grid connected system and robust control with renewable energy.

Traineeship OR Study abroad

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.
 

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