Power Electronics Lab

Location: 20-104
Coordinator: Dr. Taufik
Facilities: EE 410, EE 411, EE 433, EE 527
Size: 914
Average Number of Students a Year: 45
Utilization Ratio: 0.05

Picture of Power Electronics Lab


The power electronics lab at Cal Poly is aimed to accommodate the instructional laboratory activities for power electronic courses offered at Cal Poly State University. The lab facilitates faculty and students who are conducting research, theses, industry sponsored projects in power converters in particular and electrical energy conversion in general. In addition, the lab has been used to accommodate for technical workshop in power electronics. Currently, the lab houses a total of 8 benches consisting of 6 instructional lab benches (Figure 1) and 2 senior project/thesis benches (Figure 2).

Instructional lab bench

Figure 1. Instructional lab bench

Senior project/Thesis benches

Figure 2. Senior project/Thesis benches

Over the past few years, the power electronics lab has received generous cash and equipment donations from the following companies:

In terms of research activity, the lab has drawn interest from power electronic companies in the form of either student projects or consulting projects that make use of the power electronic lab. As an example, APD Semiconductor (acquired by Diodes, Inc.) conducted student projects on the Super Barrier Rectifier diode in 2006 which involved as many as 15 undergraduate students. Faculty have also utilized the lab for their research, such as the SuPER (Sustainable Power for Energy Resource) project which has already produced senior projects and master’s theses. Lastly, the power electronic lab has recently produced prototypes of 2 new multiphase topologies recently filed for US Patents by Cal Poly.

For further information on how we may assist you in your power electronic related project or for any other information, please contact Dr. Taufik via email taufik@calpoly.edu or phone number (805) 756-2318.

Current Equipment

Each instructional lab bench has the following equipment:

The two senior project/thesis/research benches are equipped with the following equipment:


Laboratory Equipment (6 stations, 2-3 students per station)


Each instructional lab station is equipped with:



(1)   Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760, Intel Core Duo 3 GHZ, 4 GB                                                                           RAM, 2TB HD

(1)   DC Electronic Load                         BK Precision 8540 150W

(1)   Voltmeter                                         Fluke 8922A

(1)   Power Supply                                   MPJA 9313-PS 120V/3A

(1)   Current Probe Amplifier                  Tektronix AM 503

(1)   AC Power Meter                              GW instek GPM-8212

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     GW instek GDS 2204 200 MHz 4ch GPIB

(1)   Multimeter                                       Philips PM 2525

(1)   Pulse Generator                                Rigol 60 MHz function generator   

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Tektronix TDS 2002 60 MHz 2ch

(1)   Power Supply                                   Topward Electric TPS-4000

(1)   Multimeter                                       Agilent U3401A

(1)   Laboratory Bench Set                      (see lab description)


Operating System:




Additional equipment available in the laboratory:



(3)   Power Module                                 Agilent 66101A 8V/16A

(3)   Power Meter                                    Yokogawa WT230

(3)   AC Power Meter                              GW instek GPM-8212

(2)   Power Supply                                   GW GPR-6060D       

(2)        Current Probe Amplifier         Tektronix AM 503B

(2)   Electronic Load                               Chroma 63107 40A/5A 18V/80V 250W/30W

(2)   Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760

(2)   Multimeter                                       GW instek GDM-8245

(2)   Multimeter                                       BK Precision 5491A

(2)   Multimeter                                       RSR M9803R

(1)   Electronic Load                               BK Precision 8510 600W

(1)   Isolation Transformer                       BK Precision 1604A 20V/1.25A

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Hewlett Packard 54501A 100 MHz 4ch GPIB

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Hewlett Packard 54610B 500 MHz 2ch GPIB

(1)   Electronic Load                               Hewlett Packard 6060B 3-60V/60A 300W

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6644A 60V/2.5A   

(1)   Function Generator                          Madell CA1640-20    

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     GW instek GDS 2204 200 MHz 4ch USB

(1)   Function Generator                          GW instek GFG-3015           

(1)   LCR Meter                                       GW instek LCR-819  

(1)   Electronic Load                               Kikusui PLZ303W 1.5-120V/60A 300W

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Tektronix TDS 1012 100 MHz 2ch

(1)   Frequency Response Analyzer         Venable 3120 .01 Hz - 2.2 MHz

(1)   Electronic Load                               Chroma 63106 12A/120A 18V/80V 600W

(1)   Multifrequency LCR Meter             Hewlett Packard 4275A        

(1)   Power Supply                                   Agilent 6672A 20V/100A

(1)   Pulse Generator                                Hewlett Packard 8160A        

(1)   LCR/ESR Meter                              BK Precision 889A    

(1)   Current Probe Amplifier                  Tektronix AM 503     

(1)   Electronic Load                               Transistor Devices DLP 130-15-750A          

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Agilent DSO3202A 200 MHz 2ch

(1)   AC Power Analyser                         Voltech PM1000

(1)   AC Power Source                            Aiken Industries 1503T

(1)   Hot Air Gun                                     Aoyue 2702A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6002A 50V/10A 200W

(1)   Constant Temperature Oven            Yamato DKN400

(1)   Microscope                                       Meiji EMZ

(1)   Printer                                              Hewlett Packard Laserjet 600 M601

(1)   Soldering Iron                                  Weller WTCPT

(1)   Power Supply                                   Agilent 6671A 8V/220A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6032A 60V/50A 1000W

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6050A 60V/60A 300W

(1)   Electronic Load                               Hewlett Packard 6051A

(1)   Electronic Load                               Chroma 63102 2A/20A 16V/80V 100W

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6574A 60V/35A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Hewlett Packard 6621A 7V/10A 20V/4A

(1)   Power Supply                                   Agilent 6671A 8V/220A

(1)   Power Supply/Amplifier                  Kepco BOP100-1M 100V/1A

(1)   Multimeter                                       Rigol DM3052

(1)   Function Generator                          GW instek GFG-8210

(1)   Power Supply                                   Power Ten 250V/40A

Equipment Needs