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A SiC based 2-Level Power Converter for Shape-and-Space-Restricted Aerospace Applications

Nasir, U.; Chowdhury, S.; La Rocca, A.; Chen, Y.; Yang, T.; Wheeler, P.; Gerada, C.; Bozhko, S.

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Authors

U. Nasir

S. Chowdhury

A. La Rocca

Y. Chen

TAO YANG TAO.YANG@NOTTINGHAM.AC.UK
Associate Professor



Abstract

Recent advancements in the power electronic device technologies, such as wide-band-gap devices including Silicon-Carbide (SiC) and Galium-Nitride (GaN), are acting as an enabling factor in development of compact power electronic systems. More specifically, the concept of More Electric Aircraft (MEA), which requires the aircraft's pneumatic systems to be replaced by electrical systems, can therefore greatly benefit from these emerging technologies in reduction of weight and volume of the aircraft such that range of aircraft can be increased. Various functions of aircraft e.g. actuation and engine-starting in MEAs are performed by power electronic converter based systems. With SiC and GaN devices, converters with densities even up to 70kW/L are easily achievable only when the envelope of the converter is cubical and not restricted. However, in case when a specific envelope is provided by the aircraft manufacturer, the component selection, layout and the design of power electronic converter to achieve high power density, within the restricted envelope, becomes extremely challenging. This paper presents the design of a circular-shaped 17.5kW/L – 97.6% efficient-SiC based two-level (2L) inverter for aircraft applications. Furthermore, the feasibility and design of the converter are supported by the experimental results rated at a power of 13kW.

Conference Name 2019 IEEE 13th International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS)
Conference Location Toulouse, France
Start Date Jul 9, 2019
End Date Jul 12, 2019
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2019
Online Publication Date Feb 17, 2020
Publication Date 2019-07
Deposit Date Apr 2, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 3, 2019
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages 1-7
Series ISSN 2164-5264
Book Title Proceedings on the 2019 IEEE 13th International Conference on Power Electronics and Drive Systems (PEDS)
ISBN 978-1-5386-6500-8
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/PEDS44367.2019.8998907
Keywords Two level SiC converter; Power converter in aicraft; Space-restricted SiC design; SiC gate drive
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1731125
Publisher URL https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8998907
Related Public URLs http://ieee-peds.org/
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