A study on power losses of the 50 kVA SiC converter including reverse conduction phenomenon

Jacek Rąbkowski , T. Paatek


This paper deals with performance of the 50 kVA three-phase converter built with switches based on SiC MOSFET and anti-parallel Schottky diodes. In contrast to popular IGBT converters, a negative switch current is capable of flowing through the reverse conducting transistor, which results in different distribution of power losses among the devices. Thus, equations describing the conduction power losses of the transistor and diode are improved and verified by means of circuit simulations in Saber. Moreover, a comparison of power losses calculated with the use of standard and new equations is also shown. Total power losses in three SiC MOSFET modules of a 50 kVA converter operating at 20 kHz are up to 30% lower when reverse conduction is taken into account. This shows the importance of the discussed problem and proves that much better accuracy in the estimation of power losses and junction temperatures of SiC devices may be obtained with the proposed approach.

Author Jacek Rąbkowski (FoEE / ICIE)
Jacek Rąbkowski,,
- The Institute of Control and Industrial Electronics
, T. Paatek - [Warsaw University of Technology (PW)]
T. Paatek,,
- Politechnika Warszawska
Journal seriesBulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Technical Sciences, ISSN 0239-7528
Issue year2016
ASJC Classification1702 Artificial Intelligence; 1705 Computer Networks and Communications; 2200 General Engineering; 1710 Information Systems; 3107 Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)25
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 20.0, 24-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 25.0, 24-09-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 3; WoS Citations = 1; GS Citations = 6.0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 1.229; WoS Impact Factor: 2016 = 1.156 (2) - 2016=1.238 (5)
Citation count*6 (2020-09-16)
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