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Power Electronics and Drives

About the Division

The Division of Power Electronics and Drives was started in the year 1988 as a regular programme, currently offers a Post-Graduate course in M.E – Power Electronics and Drives. The course is being offered as both Full-Time as well as Part-Time programme, to encourage fresh and practicing engineers to enhance their professional skill in this field.

Vision

Setting Research facilities with lab infrastructure and Manpower Development to create exposure and proficiency in Embedded system Applications for Power converters and drives.

About the Curriculum

The curriculum was designed by researchers, experts, industrialists, and academicians, to meet today’s demands of the Industry as well as Research Groups. The syllabus is focusing on various areas like Electric Machines fundamentals, Modern Power Electronics, Special Electrical machines, Power quality analysis, Development of digital controllers for drives, CAD of Power Electronics systems and applications.

Infrastructure facilities

The PED has invested over Rs.70 Lakhs to develop a fully equipped laboratory to meet the requirement of Research & Development in this area. The lab is equipped with Target board supported software packages, embedded processor development modules with multiple user license and manuals. The available software packages include MAGNET, ANSYS, MATLAB, PSPICE, PSIM. Major equipment like DSO, Switched Reluctance motor, AC-DC drive system, PMBLDC drive, FPGAs, Microprocessors etc.

About the Students, Placements and Industrial Visits

At present more than 80% of students graduated are placed in reputed companies and R& D organizations. The companies and organizations include CTS, TCS, Infosys, Airports Authority, HCL, Larsen and Toubro and GE etc., The students have undergone industrial visits to Numeric Power supplies, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board IGCAR, Thermal power station, FORD to gain knowledge.

Research

The division is engaged with research activities in the areas like AC drive systems, Resonant power systems, Modeling and Analysis of electrical machines, Wind energy power conversion, Power quality studies, Renewable energy etc. The division now has 8 Research Scholars under the part-time category and 1 M.S student on a Full-Time basis. 10 Ph.D. and 4 M.S students have graduated since 1988. The division was funded by AICTE for Rs.8.0 lakhs for the Design and development of Universal power quality conditioner.