This paper proposes a gate drive circuit for the current balancing of parallel-connected SiC-JFETs under avalanche mode. For a solid-state DC circuit breaker, the power devices have to be connected in parallel to reduce the ON-resistance and increase the current rating. In addition, it is reported that the SiC-JFET is suitable power devices from the viewpoint of both conduction loss and long-term reliability. This paper presents the behavior of current balancing of SiC-JFETs in parallel, and then proposes a design procedure of gate drive circuits. The gate drive circuits can achieve the current balance equalization of parallel-connected SiC-JFETs under avalanche mode. The validity of the proposed gate drive circuit is verified by the experiment that uses 1.2 kV SiC-JFETs in a 400 V system.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering