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The use of supply frequencies above 50-60 Hz allows for an increase in the power density applied to the ozonizer electrode surface and an increase in ozone production for a given surface area, while decreasing the necessary peak voltage. Parallel-resonant converters are well suited for supplying the high capacitive load of ozonizers. Therefore, in this paper the current-fed parallel-resonant push-pull inverter is proposed as a good option to implement high-voltage high-frequency power supplies for ozone generators. The proposed converter is analyzed and some important characteristics are obtained. The design and implementation of the complete power supply are also shown. The UC3872 integrated circuit is proposed in order to operate the converter at resonance, allowing us to maintain a good response disregarding the changes in electric parameters of the transformer-ozonizer pair. Experimental results for a 50-W prototype are also provided.
Date of Publication: Sept.-Oct. 2005