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Research on Single-Phase PWM Converter with Reverse Conducting IGBT Based on Loss Threshold Desaturation Control

School of Electrical Engineering, Beijing Jiaotong University, No. 3 Shangyuancun, Beijing 100044, China
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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1845; https://doi.org/10.3390/en10111845
Received: 15 September 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 5 November 2017 / Published: 12 November 2017
In the application of vehicle power supply and distributed power generation, there are strict requirements for the pulse width modulation (PWM) converter regarding power density and reliability. When compared with the conventional insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) module, the Reverse Conducting-Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (RC-IGBT) with the same package has a lower thermal resistance and higher current tolerance. By applying the gate desaturation control, the reverse recovery loss of the RC-IGBT diode may be reduced. In this paper, a loss threshold desaturation control method is studied to improve the output characteristics of the single-phase PWM converter with a low switching frequency. The gate desaturation control characteristics of the RC-IGBT’s diode are studied. A proper current limit is set to avoid the ineffective infliction of the desaturation pulse, while the bridge arm current crosses zero. The expectation of optimized loss decrease is obtained, and the better performance for the RC-IGBTs of the single-phase PWM converter is achieved through the optimized desaturation pulse distribution. Finally, the improved predictive current control algorithm that is applied to the PWM converter with RC-IGBTs is simulated, and is operated and tested on the scaled reduced power platform. The results prove that the gate desaturation control with the improved predictive current algorithm may effectively improve the RC-IGBT’s characteristics, and realize the stable output of the PWM converter. View Full-Text
Keywords: RC-IGBT; low switching frequency; PWM converter; diode desaturation; loss threshold control RC-IGBT; low switching frequency; PWM converter; diode desaturation; loss threshold control
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Huang, X.; Chang, D.; Ling, C.; Zheng, T.Q. Research on Single-Phase PWM Converter with Reverse Conducting IGBT Based on Loss Threshold Desaturation Control. Energies 2017, 10, 1845.

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