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An Optimized Switching Strategy Based on Gate Drivers with Variable Voltage to Improve the Switching Performance of SiC MOSFET Modules

Jixiang Tan, Zhongfu Zhou Orcid Logo

Energies, Volume: 16, Issue: 16, Start page: 5984

Swansea University Author: Zhongfu Zhou Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.3390/en16165984

Abstract

This paper proposes an optimized switching strategy (OSS) based on a silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET gate driver with variable voltage, which allows simultaneous variations in several different parameters to optimize the switching performance of semiconductor devices. As a relatively new device, the Si...

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Published in: Energies
ISSN: 1996-1073
Published: MDPI AG 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa64363
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Abstract: This paper proposes an optimized switching strategy (OSS) based on a silicon carbide (SiC) MOSFET gate driver with variable voltage, which allows simultaneous variations in several different parameters to optimize the switching performance of semiconductor devices. As a relatively new device, the SiC MOSFET shines in the field of high power density and high-frequency switching; it has become a popular solution for electric vehicles and renewable energy conversion systems. However, the increase in voltage and current slope caused by high switching speeds inevitably increases the overshoot and oscillation in a circuit and can even generate additional losses. The principle of this new control strategy is to change the voltage and current in the turn-on and turn-off stages by changing the gate driver’s voltage. That is, we reduced the drive’s voltage after a certain time delay and maintained it for a period of time, thus directly controlling the slopes of di/dt and dv/dt. This study focused on the optimization of the SiC MOSFET by changing the time delay preceding the decrease in the voltage of the gate driver, analyzing and calculating the optimal time delay before the decrease in the voltage of the gate driver, and verifying the findings using LTspice simulation software. The simulated results were compared and analyzed with hard-switching strategies. The results showed that the proposed OSS can improve the switching performance of SiC MOSFETs.
Keywords: Optimal-switching strategy; gate driver circuit; silicon carbide MOSFET; voltage and current overshoot; LTspice
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Issue: 16
Start Page: 5984