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200°C operation of a 500-W DC-DC converter utilizing power MOSFETs

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2 Author(s)
Nelms, R.M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Auburn Univ., AL, USA ; Johnson, R.W.

This paper presents results from the operation of the power stage of a 500-W DC-DC converter at an ambient temperature of 200°C. This converter is designed to provide an output voltage of 12-Vdc from a 28-Vdc input. It utilizes an H-bridge configuration composed of eight International Rectifier power MOSFETs (parallel connections of two MOSFETs) and four Motorola diodes to convert the DC input voltage to a high-frequency square wave which can then be stepped up with a transformer. The transformer output voltage is then rectified and filtered to produce the DC output voltage. A phase-shifted pulse-width modulation (PWM) switching scheme is utilized to control the MOSFETs in the H bridge. This scheme allows zero-voltage turn-on of the MOSFETs to improve the efficiency. The efficiency of this converter when operated on the laboratory bench was measured to be 89%. The H bridge and transformer were then placed in an oven and operated over an ambient temperature range of 20°C-200°C. The efficiency varied from 86.1% to 85.4% over this temperature range. The long feedthroughs for oven operation caused the efficiency to decrease from 89% to 86.1%

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

Sep/Oct 1997

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