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Analysis of Soft-Switching Isolated Time-Sharing Multiple-Input Converters for DC Distribution Systems

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2 Author(s)
Yu, S.-Y. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA ; Kwasinski, A.

This paper explores the feasibility of active clamping techniques in isolated time-sharing (TS) multiple-input converters (MICs). Additional losses caused by energy transfer from the leakage inductance in the isolating coupled-inductor into the input switches are addressed with a common active clamping leg for all input legs. An active clamping technique is applied to isolated TS-MIC to minimize the additional switching losses and voltage stresses on input legs. This paper also conducts an operational analysis of an isolated time-sharing dual-input single-ended primary-inductor converter (I-TS-DI-SEPIC) with the discussed active clamping technique. Zero-voltage switching can be achieved on the first-turned-on input leg and the active clamping leg with a proper driving strategy and well-chosen circuit parameter settings. Discussions on the effect of the active clamping technique to an MIC and the components stresses of the I-TS-DI-SEPIC with the active clamping technique have also been made to assist in the design of TS-MICs. Prototypes of the I-TS-DI-SEPIC with the active clamping technique have been built to demonstrate the performance in the application of split-phase dc distribution systems. Converter efficiency and voltage stresses are experimentally verified, showing that the active clamping technique achieves noticeable efficiency gains and component stress reduction.

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Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 4 )