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Energies 2016, 9(7), 509; doi:10.3390/en9070509

Implementation of Rapid Prototyping Tools for Power Loss and Cost Minimization of DC-DC Converters

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269, USA
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Academic Editor: Gabriele Grandi
Received: 30 March 2016 / Revised: 20 June 2016 / Accepted: 20 June 2016 / Published: 1 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Power Electronics Optimal Design and Control)

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In this paper, power loss and cost models of power electronic converters based on converter ratings and datasheet information are presented. These models aid in creating rapid prototypes which facilitate the component selection process. Through rapid prototyping, users can estimate power loss and cost which are essential in design decisions. The proposed approach treats main power electronic components of a converter as building blocks that can be arranged to obtain multiple topologies to facilitate rapid prototyping. In order to get system-level power loss and cost models, two processes are implemented. The first process automatically provides minimum power loss or cost estimates and identifies components for specific applications and ratings; the second process estimates power losses and costs of each component of interest as well as the whole system. Two examples are used to illustrate the proposed approaches—boost and buck converters in continuous conduction mode. Achieved cost and loss estimates are over 93% accurate when compared to measured losses and real cost data. This research presents derivations of the proposed models, experimental validation of the models and demonstration of a user friendly interface that integrates all the models. Tools presented in this paper are expected to be very useful for practicing engineers, designers, and researchers, and are flexible and adaptable with changing or new technologies and varying component prices. View Full-Text
Keywords: rapid prototyping; design methodology; DC-DC converters; user centered design; user interface; design optimization rapid prototyping; design methodology; DC-DC converters; user centered design; user interface; design optimization
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Kulkarni, A.V.; Chen, W.; Bazzi, A.M. Implementation of Rapid Prototyping Tools for Power Loss and Cost Minimization of DC-DC Converters. Energies 2016, 9, 509.

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