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Low temperature operation of a boost converter [for space power]

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3 Author(s)
B. S. Moss ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Auburn Univ., AL, USA ; R. R. Boudreaux ; R. M. Nelms

The development of satellite power systems capable of operating at low temperatures on the order of 77 K would reduce the heating system required on deep space vehicles. The power supplies in the satellite power system must be capable of operating at these temperatures. This paper presents the results of a study into the operation of a boost converter at temperatures close to 77 K. The boost converter is designed to supply an output voltage and power of 42 V and 50 W from a 28 V input source. The entire system, except the 28 V source, is placed in the environmental chamber. This is important because the system does not require any manual adjustments to maintain a constant output voltage with a high efficiency. The constant 42 V output of this converter is a benefit of the application of a CMOS microcontroller in the feedback path. The switch duty cycle is adjusted by the microcontroller to maintain a constant output voltage. The efficiency of the system varied less than 1% over the temperature range of 22°C to -184°C and was approximately 94.2% when the temperature was -184°C

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Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 1996. IECEC 96., Proceedings of the 31st Intersociety  (Volume:1 )

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11-16 Aug 1996