Power Electronics and Motor Drives

Fang Z. Peng | fzpeng@egr.msu.edu http://www.egr.msu.edu/pelab/


Located in the Engineering Research Complex Building in Michigan State UniversityEast LansingMichigan, the MSU ResearchCenter for Power Electronics focuses on advanced R&D on power conversion technology and motor control for renewable energy, utility and transportation applications. The lab consists of a low-voltage (three-phase 480 V) lab, a medium-voltage (three-phase 6,000 V) lab, and a high-voltage lab (three-phase, 15 kV, 2 MVA) for conducting research, development, and testing of power converters/inverters and motor drives from a fraction of kVA to tens of MVA.  We have been working with government agencies/laboratories, industry, and other universities on many projects from small power converters with power less than 1 kW to multilevel inverters up to mega watts and motor drives. Major pieces of equipment and software packages in the MSU ResearchCenter for Power Electronics are:

  • Surface mount solder station
  • 240 V and 480 V ac and 600 V dc power supplies
  • Three 10 kVA and one 100 kVA variacs and load banks
  • Five 500 MHz/1 Ghz sampling digital color oscilloscopes
  • Four 100 A and 500 A 20MHz current probes and amplifiers
  • Two digital power meters
  • One 50 kW dyno setup and motor/controller setups
  • Digital signall processor (DSP) development tool kits of TI's F240xx
  • Development tool kits of Xilinx FPGA/CPLDs
  • Orcad schematics/PCB layout package
  • Saber (for power electronics circuit, motor, mechanical/thermal system simulation)
  • Pspice
  • Matlab
  • 6000 V, 10 MVA inductive load, 1200 HP motor testing facility
  • Consumers Energy Flexible Power Station (0-15 kV, 2,000 kVA) for developing, testing and evaluation of smart grids from generation (renewable energy integration and management) to utilization (various loads such as home appliances, Plug-in HEV, etc), from transmission (smart control devices such as FACTS and HVDC) to distribution (sensing, monitoring, and power quality control).
  • Denso-Toyota Prius HEV Powertrain Station