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This paper presents the application of compact insulated gate bipolar transistor and p-i-n diode models, including features such as local lifetime control and field-stop technology, to the full electrothermal system simulation of a hybrid electric vehicle converter using a lookup table of device losses. The vehicle converter is simulated with an urban driving cycle (the federal urban driving schedule), which is used to generate transient device temperature profiles. A methodology is also described to explore the converter reliability using the temperature profile, with rainflow cycle counting techniques from material fatigue analysis. The effects of ambient temperature, driving style, and converter design on converter reliability are also investigated.
Date of Publication: May-june 2008