PSCAD Simulation in a Power Electronics Application Course
This paper introduces computer simulation studies of basic power electronics circuits using a Power System Computer Aided Design (PSCAD) software package in a junior/senior level power electronics course in a four-year electrical engineering technology institution. The Power Electronics Applications course mainly covers the following topics: Operation and characteristics of switching devices, rectifiers, dc-dc converter and inverters. Simulation of the power electronics circuits provides students an opportunity to observe the circuit parameters and signal waveforms before actual circuit wiring is completed. Case studies include a half-wave input-output rectifier, a buck converter and a full-bridge inverter.