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Investigation of the turn-off characteristics of a GTO thyristor in an inductive-based pulse forming network

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2 Author(s)
Ciezki, J.G. ; Electr. & Comput. Eng. Dept., U.S. Naval Acad., Annapolis, MD ; Salem, Thomas E.

This paper introduces a test circuit that is used to study the turn-off characteristics of a GTO thyristor when used as an opening switch. Specifically a safe-operating-area has been identified which demonstrates that a particular GTO device can successfully turn off as much as three times the maximum rated interruptible current. The text examines mechanisms for GTO turn-off failure and proposes follow-on research initiatives.

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Electric Ship Technologies Symposium, 2009. ESTS 2009. IEEE

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20-22 April 2009