Analysis of field-stressed modules from a fuel-cell vehicle’s main inverter
AbstractThis paper presents a reliability study of a directly cooled and an indirectly cooled IGBT module after a test drive of 85.000 Km in a fuel cell electric vehicle. In this case, the car was mainly driven on highway, only a minor part of the distance was driven in urban areas. At the end of the test drive, the power control unit was disassembled and analyzed with regard to the lifetime consumption. First, electrical measurements were carried out and the results were compared with the ones obtained directly after module production (End of Line test). After that, ultrasonic microscopy was performed in order to investigate any delamination in the solder layers. As a third step, an optical inspection was performed to monitor damages in the housing, formation of cracks or degradation of wire bonds. The results show none of the depicted failure modes could be found on the tested power modules after the field test. Obviously, no significant life time consumption could be observed.
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Heo, H.-S.; Pannemann, C.; Choi, Y.-K.; Castro, C.; Strass, A. Analysis of field-stressed modules from a fuel-cell vehicle’s main inverter. World Electr. Veh. J. 2015, 7, 324-329.
Heo H-S, Pannemann C, Choi Y-K, Castro C, Strass A. Analysis of field-stressed modules from a fuel-cell vehicle’s main inverter. World Electric Vehicle Journal. 2015; 7(2):324-329.Chicago/Turabian Style
Heo, Hye-Seong; Pannemann, Christoph; Choi, Yun-Kyu; Castro, Carlos; Strass, Achim. 2015. "Analysis of field-stressed modules from a fuel-cell vehicle’s main inverter." World Electr. Veh. J. 7, no. 2: 324-329.