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Design Optimization of Quasi-Active Gate Control for Series-Connected Power Devices

Teerakawanich, Nithiphat; Johnson, Christopher Mark


Nithiphat Teerakawanich

Professor of Advanced Power Conversion


This paper presents a new gate drive circuit for driving a series string of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The proposed quasi-active gate control (QAGC) circuit is simple to implement as it consists of only a few passive components in addition to a standard gate driver. No separate isolation power supply is required for the upper devices in the stack. The proposed QAGC circuit provides an effective way to drive the power devices and control static and dynamic voltage sharing to the devices at the same time. The theoretical switching operation and the oscillation stability analysis allow criteria for component selection to be established. Limitations of the QAGC circuit are also identified. The modification of the circuit to support more power devices in the series stack is discussed with the aid of the simulation results. The switching operation of the circuit is validated from the experimental results using two IGBTs connected in series. The circuit shows an excellent switching operation with well-controlled dynamic and static voltage sharing and comparable gate voltage between the coupled devices. © 2013 IEEE.


Teerakawanich, N., & Johnson, C. M. (2014). Design Optimization of Quasi-Active Gate Control for Series-Connected Power Devices. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 29(6), 2705-2714.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2013
Online Publication Date Jul 19, 2013
Publication Date 2014-06
Deposit Date Jan 23, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jan 23, 2018
Journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Print ISSN 0885-8993
Electronic ISSN 1941-0107
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 6
Pages 2705-2714
Keywords Active gate control, power devices, series connection, gate driver, voltage balancing circuit
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