April 6, 2019

Skill Development Program: Design & Analysis of Power electronics and Control System, using MATLAB


The Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering organized a skill development program on the topic ‘Design & Analysis of Power electronics and Control System, using MATLAB’. This program was organized for 2 days from 28th March 2019 to 29th March 2019, at Computer Lab (Room No. 136). On both the days, the event started at 8.30 am and concluded at 4.00 pm. The 4th semester students attended this Skill Development Program.

The session was delivered by Dr. Soumya Mishra, Associate Professor, EEE Department, MVJCE. His area of expertise includes Power Quality, Active Filtering, Renewable Energy and Grid integration issues of solar systems etc. In the course of the program, he explained about the basics of MATLAB/Simulink, application of MATLAB in Basic Electrical Engineering, Network Analysis, Circuit Control and Power Electronics Circuits.

The idea behind arranging this Skill Development Program was to enlighten the students on content beyond their syllabus, in the area of usage of MATALB/Simulink for different subjects.

Initially, the MATLAB was developed by a lecturer in the 1970s, to help students learn linear algebra. It was later marketed and further developed under Math Works Inc., which was founded in 1984. (www.mathworks.com). MATLAB is a software package that is used to perform analysis, solve mathematical and engineering problems. It is flexible and easy to learn, and has excellent programming features and graphics capability. It has several toolboxes to solve specific problems.

Complex electrical systems which are difficult to analyse on pen and paper, can be easily solved in MATLAB/Simulink. MATLAB has two domains for solving engineering problems; (1) Programing (2) Simulation. For writing a code for the system, the user must know the system components, dynamics of the system for different parameter variations, and should have basic knowledge of matrix operations. But for Simulation, only knowledge about system components is required. So, solving a system in Simulink is much easier than writing a code for the same system.

On 28th March, hands-on training was given, for writing code for applying basic electrical laws (Kirchhoff’s voltage and current law), solving electrical networks by using Mesh and Nodal analysis, and verifications of Network theorems (Norton and Thevenin’s theorem). Whereas, on 29th March, a hands-on session was provided for solving the same circuits under Simulink environment.

Outcome of the Skill Development Program:

The students were able to enhance their knowledge about the significance and usage of MATLAB/Simulink for their subjects. In future, students will be able to do mini projects and research in MATLAB/Simulink.