On V-ce Method: In Situ Temperature Estimation and Aging Detection of High-Current IGBT Modules Used in Magnet Power Supplies for Particle Accelerators
Journal article, 2019

Magnet power supplies used in particle accelerators are a specialized application of power electronics that require long lifetime operation with no unscheduled interruptions and high output current precision. In this paper, the V-ce method with sensing current is considered for the estimation of the junction temperature and the aging detection of high-current insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) modules used in this specialized application. First, sensitivity analysis of the sensing current and the gate-emitter voltage are documented to quantify their impact on the precision of the V-ce method for high-current modules independently of the application of interest. Two measuring circuits offering ease of calibration and reduced number of components are proposed but their applicability is not limited to this application. Their performance is tested on a 1.6 kA IGBT module that exhibits the highest current ratings documented for the V-ce method with sensing current. The test is carried out at a switching frequency of 6.5 kHz using an experimental set-up that emulates a phase leg of the considered power supply. The V-ce method with sensing current is evaluated for the aging detection of high-current IGBT modules in general and its effectiveness for the specialized application is verified experimentally.

measuring circuits design

Aging detection

insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT)

magnet power supplies

V-ce method

temperature monitoring

particle accelerators

Author

Panagiotis Asimakopoulos

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Power grids and Components

Konstantinos Papastergiou

European Organization for Nuclear Research

Torbjörn Thiringer

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering

Massimo Bongiorno

Chalmers, Electrical Engineering, Electric Power Engineering, Power grids and Components

Gilles Le Godec

European Organization for Nuclear Research

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics

0278-0046 (ISSN)

Vol. 66 1 551-560

Subject Categories

Accelerator Physics and Instrumentation

Other Chemical Engineering

Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering

DOI

10.1109/TIE.2018.2823689

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1/17/2019