Conference Paper A New Evaluation Circuit with a Low-Voltage Inverter Intended for Capacitors Used in a High-power Three-phase Inverter

Hasegawa, Kazunori  ,  Omura, Ichiro  ,  Nishizawa, Shin-ichi

DC-link capacitors in power electronic converters are a major constraint on improvement of power density as well as reliability. Evaluation of the dc-link capacitors in terms of power loss, ageing, and failure rate will play an important role in design stages of the next-generation power converters. This paper proposes a new evaluation circuit for dc-link capacitors used in a high-power three-phase inverter, which is intended for testing power loss, failure rate, ageing, and so on. The evaluation circuit produces a practical ripple current waveform and a dc bias voltage into a capacitor under test, in which the ripple current is equivalent to that generated by the three-phase inverter on the dc link. The evaluation circuit employs a full-scale current-rating and downscaled voltage-rating inverter for producing the ripple current, so that the power rating of the evaluation circuit is much smaller than that of a full-scale current rating and full-scale voltage rating inverter.
016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC 2016), March 20-24, 2016, Long Beach, California, USA

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