Power Electronics Books - P

Abstracts of books starting with P in the SMPS Technology Knowledge Base of Switching-Mode Power Supply Design.

Paice, Derek A., Power Electronic Converter Harmonics, Multipulse Methods for Clean Power, IEEE Press, 1995. 224 p.

(Publisher's description.) Guide to multipulse converters, power sources, and the IEEE Industry Standard 519 by one of the foremost experts in the field. Topics include: Requirements, calculations and standards for harmonics; power source representation; multipulse methods and transformers; double-wound, auto-wound, interphase, and current-control transformers; multipulse circuit performance; practical applications; and useful formulas for analysis.

Paice, Derek A., Power Electronics Converter Harmonics: Multipulse Methods for Clean Power, Wiley, 2001, 222 p. ISBN: 0-7803-5394-3, Not in Library of Congress 9/16/03

(Although on the Wiley website, this book is not in the Library of Congress, IEEE book store, etc. 9/19/03) Topics include: Preface, Acknowledgments, Nomenclature, Harmonic Requirements, Power Source Representation, Multipulse Methods and Transformers, Double-Wound Multiphase Transformers, Auto-Wound Transformers, Interphase and Current-Control Transformers, Calculation of Harmonics, Meeting Harmonic Standards, Multipulse Circuit Performance, Practical Applications, Digital Computer Simulations, Appendix: Useful Formulas for Analysis, Bibliography, and Index.

Pearman, Richard A., Electric Machinery and Transformer Technology, Fort Worth, Saunders College Publications, 1994. 636 p.

The text is designed to present in a concise format an understanding of the principles and operation of electrical machines and transformers without undue emphasis on detailed mathematical analysis that is standard in many texts. Topics include: Fundamental concepts; introduction to power electronics; (introduction, power electronic devices, thyristor phase-controlled converters, firing circuits, ac thyristor controllers, dc-to-dc or chopper control, static frequency conversion, and cycloconversion); dc machine construction, dc machine principles; dc generators; dc motors; dc machine loses, efficiency, and testing; dc motor control; dc machine selection; ac machine principles; synchronous generators; synchronous motors; transformers; polyphase induction motors; single-phase induction motors; single-phase ac motors; special purpose machines; ac machine selection; conversion tables; transformer efficiency calculations; bibliography; and answers to selected problems.

Pease, Robert A., Troubleshooting Analog Circuits, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1993. 220 p.

A classic. Topics include: The philosophy of troubleshooting; choosing the right equipment; resistors and inductors; capacitor problems; preventing material and assembly problems; PC boards and connectors; relays and switches; understanding diodes and their problems; identifying and avoiding transistor problems; operational amplifiers - the supreme activators; quashing spurious oscillations; the analog-digital boundary - a never-never land; dealing with references and regulators; roundup of "floobydust"; loose ends that don't fit elsewhere; letters to Bob; and real circuits and real problems. Pease is with National Semiconductor Corp., Santa Clara, CA.

Phipps, Clarence, Variable Speed Drive Fundamentals, ???

Practical guide for the engineer or technician involved in specifying, applying, maintaining and operating variable speed drives. Topics include: Introduction; variable speed drive basics; dc motors and drives; ac motors and drives; an operating sequence for ac PWM drives; maintenance of pulse width modulated drives; basics of applying drives; application notes; heat and enclosures; almost unlimited opportunities for energy savings with variable speed drives; case histories; conclusion.

Platt, S. Magnetic Amplifiers, Theory and Applications, Prentice-Hall, 1958.

Introductory book on magnetic amplifiers. Topics include history (table of key patents from 1903 to 1950), theory of magnetism, the saturable reactor and applications, and the magnetic amplifier and applications. Primarily descriptive with little math.

Power Sources Manufacturers Association, Inc., Handbook of Standardized Terminology for the Power Sources Industry, 2nd ed., 1995. Edited for PSMA by Joseph J. Stockert, Power Sources Manufacturers Association, 14 Ridgedale Avenue Suite 125 Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927. 95 pp.

An update of the 1987 edition, which was edited by Mike Foldes, and intended as a compact reference book of acceptable definitions of terms commonly used in the power sources industry. Power sources are defined in the book as "Any device that furnishes electrical power, including a generator, electrochemical cell, battery, power pack, power supply, photovoltaic cell, etc." The definitions are arranged alphabetically. Also included are appendices on testing and standard agencies; a guide to international primary power components standards and publications; a guide to world primary power voltages, frequencies and plug/socket patterns (single phase); and headings and brief descriptions of military specifications, standards, handbooks, and other publications. Missing from the second edition is the excellent introduction on the rationale behind the publication that is in the first edition and the appendix on PSMA membership. The latter information is available on their website.

Pressman, A. I., Switching and Linear Power Supply, Power Converter Design, Hayden Book Company, 1977. 372 p, out of print by publisher but 1977 edition reprints available from Switchtronix Press, 37 Lawmarissa Rd., Waban, MA 02168, (617) 332-7794. (This book has been updated by the authors 1991 book.)

Written for both the design engineer and undergraduate with little or no knowledge of the power supply field and the available design alternatives. Contains material that is still relevant to design and not found in new texts. Rich in practical advice and examples. Topics include basic voltage regulators and power converters, basic square-wave power converters and regulators, building block assembly of compound regulating systems, elements of thermal design, elements of rectifier design, series-pass regulator, integrated circuit regulators, dc/dc square wave converter design, and switching regulators. Treatment is mostly descriptive with schematics and sample calculations using algebraic formulas.

Pressman, Abraham I., Switching Power Supply Design, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1991. (Update of author's previous book.)

Directed primarily to design engineers and engineering students at the undergraduate and graduate level, it may also be of significant value to people who are not directly involved in start-from-scratch designs, and whose main interest is power supply design analysis, design review, test, and debugging. Topics include topologies, push-pull and forward converter topologies, half- and full-bridge converter topologies, flyback converter topologies, current-mode and current-fed topologies, miscellaneous topics, magnetics and circuits designs, bipolar power transistor base drives, MOSFET power transistors and input drive circuits, magnetic-amplifier post-regulators, turn-on and turnoff switching losses and snubbers, feedback-loop stabilization, resonant converters, and waveforms.

Pressman, Abraham I., Switching power supply design, 2nd Ed., New York: McGraw-Hill, 1998.

A practical guide to state-of-the-art power supply design updated from the 1991 first edition. Topics include:

Part I: Fundamental Switching Regulators: Buck, Boost, and Investor Topologies. Push-Pull and Forward Converter Topologies. Half- and Full-Bridge Converter Topologies. Flyback Converter Topologies. Current-Mode and Current-Fed Topologies. Miscellaneous Topologies.

Part II: Magnetics and Circuits Designs. Transformer and Magnetic Design. Bipolar Power Translator Base Drives. MOSFET Power Transistors and Input Drive Circuits. Magnetic-Amplifier Post-regulators. Turnon, Turnoff Switching Losses and Snubbers. Feedback-Loop Stabilization. Resonant Converters.

Part III: Typical Switching Power Supply Waveforms.

Part IV: Newer Applications for Switching Power Supply Technique: Power Factor, Power Factor Correction. High-Frequency Power Sources for Fluorescent Lamps. Low-Input-Voltage Regulators for Laptop Computers and Portable Electronics.

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Original: July 22, 1996, revised September 19, 2003