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Title:Condition monitoring of SiC MOSFETs on LLC resonant converter
Author(s):Wang, Patrick John
Advisor(s):Banerjee, Arijit
Department / Program:Electrical & Computer Eng
Discipline:Electrical & Computer Engr
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Silicon Carbide
Condition Monitoring
DC-DC converter
Power Electronics
Gate Driver Circuits
LLC resonant converter
Abstract:Silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFETs are widely acknowledged for low loss, fast switching and remarkable thermal conductivity compared to silicon (Si) counterparts. SiC-based power electronic converters, therefore, are optimal when operated at medium voltage to high voltage in high switching frequency applications, which results in a much higher power density than Si-based power converters. The reliability of SiC devices, however, remains a significant hindrance to their wide adoption in power electronics in transportation, industry and military applications. Real-time condition monitoring of SiC devices in SiC-based power converters addresses the reliability issues by providing an early sign of potential failure. Since one of the most consistent failure precursors of a degraded SiC MOSFET is an increase of gate leakage current, a circuitry is developed to track and estimate the on-state gate leakage current of the device during operation. To demonstrate the functionality of the proposed method, an LLC full-bridge resonant converter that operates at a medium voltage and high switching frequency was designed and used to obtain the experimental results. This converter will operate at various duty ratios, DC-link voltages, switching frequencies and output loads to show the consistency and accuracy of the proposed condition monitoring method. With proper calibration, this cost-effective method obtains an accurate gate leakage estimation which opens opportunities to perform prognostic and health monitoring of SiC devices.
Issue Date:2021-04-26
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Patrick Wang
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17
Date Deposited:2021-05

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