Date of Award

12-2011

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Taufik

Abstract

This project entails the design and development of a digitally controlled, modular electronic load. The proposed load is unique from existing designs because it has the added ability to increase its maximum current level by adding identical modules in parallel. Each module is designed to sink a maximum of 5A at 60V but more modules allow for more current. The cost and simplicity of the design are considered such that it can be reproduced in-house to replace, whenever possible, the resistor box for load testing of any analog circuits but more specifically power electronic circuits.

The design process as well as the hardware development is explained in detail in this report. Results from hardware testing are also provided.

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