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Design challenges in the use of silicon carbide JFETs in matrix converter applications

Empringham, Lee; De Lillo, Liliana; Shulz, Martin


Lee Empringham

Liliana De Lillo

Martin Shulz


This paper investigates some of the challenges en¬countered during the implementation of a Silicon Carbide JFET matrix converter which has been designed to meet a specific power density of 20kW/litre with forced air cooling. After a brief introduction to the main features of the hardware implementation of the power converter, an insight into the control strategy and controller platform adopted is given with a particular attention to the issues relating to the high switching frequencies on the controller requirements and the performance implications of the gate drive circuitry. An analysis of the results which show the effects of gate driver and controller induced commutation time limitations on the output waveform quality is presented. Wide bandgap semiconductor devices offer the power electronic engineer new opportunities for high speed, high efficiency designs but these devices cannot be used as a simple like for like replacements and as such the whole converter system needs to be looked at.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 13, 2013
Journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Print ISSN 0885-8993
Electronic ISSN 0885-8993
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 5
Institution Citation Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., & Shulz, M. (2013). Design challenges in the use of silicon carbide JFETs in matrix converter applications. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 29(5), doi:10.1109/TPEL.2013.2290835
Keywords AC - AC power conversion; Digital Control
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