Teaching of Power Quality Phenomenon Based on Modeling and Simulation of Boost Type PFC Converters

Genc N., Iskender I.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN ENGINEERING EDUCATION, vol.20, no.1, pp.149-160, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The aim of this work is to introduce the power quality phenomenon to electrical engineering students by modeling and simulation of boost type power factor correction (PFC) circuits. In the study, after introducing the importance of the power factor, the methods of improving power factor and the topologies used for single-phase ac-dc boost PFC are discussed. Then, single-phase boost type PFC converters are analyzed and simulated via Simplorer 6.0 component-level simulation program. Finally, an experimental setup is designed for a conventional boost PFC circuit and the results obtained from the experiments are compared with the simulation ones. By this way, a deeper understanding of power quality is supplied to electrical engineering students via simulation and experimental studies and a computer application is integrated into undergraduate power electronics courses. It is expected that, this work will be useful for students and researchers who are interested in studying and researching power quality and single-phase boost PFC circuits. (C) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Comput Appl Eng Educ 20: 149-160, 2012; View this article online at wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cae; DOI 10.1002/cae.20382