200 °C-Ambient, High-Power-Density, 50-kW Power Converter for Embedded Generators with SiC Power Modules
One of the core contributions of this work was the design and development of a completely high-temperature (200 °C), high-power (1200 V, 100 A), phase-leg power module utilizing SiC MOSFETs and SiC Schottky diodes. The power module was fabricated, and fully characterized and tested under up to 200 °C.
The system-level work includes the integration of the high-temperature power modules, gate drivers, sensors, and protection. In the design and implementation of this system, issues related to noise coupling, including noise generation, noise mitigation, and fault protection, needed to be addressed in order to help in designing a more reliable 200 °C converter. This was achieved through an improved busbar design and power module structure, implementing chokes and shields, and introducing redundancy protection.
Double-pulse tests (DPTs) were performed on the final high-temperature, 50-kW unit. Fig. 2 shows the constructed unit in the 200 °C environment. The DPTs, conducted at 200 °C ambient, 100 A, and 540 V, revealed good performance of the unit at high-temperature, even after soaking for more than an hour.