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Inductor design for high-power applications with broad-spectrum excitation

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5 Author(s)
I. T. Wallace ; Soft Switching Technol., Middleton, WI, USA ; N. H. Kutkut ; S. Bhattacharya ; D. M. Divan
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The design of high-power inductors for applications with broad current spectrum excitation is a challenging task. The resonant inductor of a resonant DC-link inverter (RDCLI) is one such example. The inductor current consists of a resonant current component, a DC component, which supplies the active power to the load and a modulation component, which depends on the modulation strategy. In addition, the frequency and amplitude of the dominant current components change with operating point. Conventional inductor designs for single-frequency excitation do not perform well in broad-spectrum applications. In order to improve these designs, the impact of broad current spectrums on winding design, core selection, power density, and thermal-handling capability must be investigated. In this paper, alternate inductor topologies, which better address the above issues, are proposed and investigated

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IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 1 )