Implementation of Hybrid Switch Based Soft-Switching Inverter for UHE Traction Motor Drives

Sk Zia Ul Haq, Mohd Khaleel, Mohd Aleem Uddin, Syed Mohd Mohiuddin, Syed Siraj Uddin


This project presents a hybrid switch that parallels a power MOSFET and an IGBT as the main switch of a zero-voltage switching inverter. The combination features the MOSFET conducting in the low current region and the IGBT conducting in the high current region, and the soft switching avoids the reverse recovery problem during the device turn-on. A custom hybrid switch module has been developed for a variable-timing controlled coupled-magnetic type ZVS inverter with a nominal input voltage of 325 V and the continuous output power of 30-kW for a traction motor drive. Experimental results of the hybrid-switch based inverter with the total loss projected by temperature indicate that the inverter achieves 93% efficiency at the nominal condition and demonstrate ultrahigh efficiency operation over a wide load range. At 375-V input, the maximum measured efficiency through temperature projection and loss separation analysis is 92.3%.

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