10 kW High Power Density Three-Phase AC-DC-AC Converter Using SiC Devices
A 10 kW high-density three-phase ac-dc-ac converter using SiC JFETs and SiC Schottky diodes is developed in CPES in 2008. The system topology is shown in Fig. 1. The Vienna-type rectifier is implemented as the active front end, and a standard two-level voltage source converter is used to realize the dc/ac transformation. This topology is selected since it can potentially lead to a higher density design. Because of SiC devices used for this converter, the switching frequency is much higher than normal converter in this power rating range, which is 70kHz for front end and 40kHz for inverter side. Thus, the weight of the passive components is reduced significantly without much penalty on heat sink design. Finally, the power density of the converter system is pushed close to 2kW/lb without considering housing and controller.
The picture of the whole converter system including power modules and filters is shown in Fig. 2. The experimental waveforms under full power operation with RL load is shown in Fig. 3. Both the power quality and EMI standards are met. Converter system with higher power density is still under study.