Numerical optimization of an active voltage controller for series IGBTs

Bryant, A. and Wang, Y. and Finney, S.J. and Lim, T.C. and Palmer, P. (2005) Numerical optimization of an active voltage controller for series IGBTs. In: 2005 IEEE 36th power electronic specialists conference (PESC). IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference Records . IEEE, New York, pp. 2060-2065. ISBN 0780390334

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Abstract

Feedback control of IGBTs in the active region can be used to regulate the device switching trajectory. This facilitates series connection of devices without the use of external snubber networks. Control must be achieved across the full active region of the IGBT and must balance a number of conflicting system goals including diode recovery. To date, the choice of control parameters has been a largely empirical process. This paper uses accurate device models and formalised optimization procedures to evaluate IGBT active voltage controllers. A detailed optimization for the control of IGBT turn-on is presented in this paper