Welcome to 6.131!

Staffed Lab Hours

We will post staffed lab hours here. Please see the Lab Hours page for times that the lab will be open.

Week of: September 15th
Monday, September 15th Lab 1 Checkoffs!
Tuesday, September 16th Lab 1 Checkoffs!
Wednesday, September 17th 1-3 pm, 6-8 pm
Thursday, September 18th 8-10 pm
Friday, September 19th TBA


If the lab is closed during lab hours, use the phone on the 6th floor and call the TA office (x3-1938) to be let in.

08/15 - Introduction

The Power Electronics Laboratory, 6.131, is a unique opportunity for you to design and build. Power electronic circuits are the backbone of almost every modern convenience. Automobiles, cell-phones, laptop and desktop computers, television sets, and kitchen appliances, among many other systems, require power electronics circuits to convert electrical energy to a useful form.

This class will teach you techniques for efficiently processing electrical energy into other forms. It will also give you experience in designing circuits and building and debugging your designs. Laboratory exercises include the construction of drive circuitry for an electric go-cart, flash strobes, computer power supplies, three-phase inverters for AC motors, and resonant drives for lamp ballasts and induction heating. Introduction to basic electric machines including DC, induction, and permanent magnet motors, with drive considerations. Students complete a sequence of assigned projects, followed by a final project of the student's choice, emphasizing creativity and uniqueness.

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6.131 Staff and Students thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the course:

  • The Cambridge-MIT Institute
  • The Grainger Foundation
  • The Landsman Foundation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Mr. Ron Koo
  • Analog Devices
  • National Semiconductor
  • Hewlett Packard / Agilent
  • Tektronix