Short Circuit Performance and Current Limiting Mode of a Monolithically Integrated SiC Circuit Breaker for DC Applications up to 800 v

Norman Boettcher, Taro Takamori, Keiji Wada, Wataru Saito, Shin Ichi Nishizawa, Tobias Erlbacher

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    Abstract

    This paper presents the short circuit performance of a novel SiC circuit breaker device, which is based on the 'thyristor dual' functionality. The developed device structure is motivated with regard to manufacturing aspects and electrical requirements. Furthermore, the basic 'thyristor dual' operation is elaborated on the basis of quasi-static electrical measurements of a fabricated prototype. The proposed self-sensing and self-triggering devices make auxiliary circuitry like sensors and micro-controllers expendable and practically have no propagation delay. As a result, short circuit clearance within 122 ns at 800 V is demonstrated in experiments. Moreover, by utilisation of a third device terminal, a temporary current limiter functionality can be obtained. The scalability of the current limit value is discussed on the basis of measurements in time domain. The maximum current limit value achieved is 7.4 times higher than the trigger current level of the circuit breaker device. Additionally, the same circuit configuration which is used for the current limiting mode, allows to remotely reset the circuit breaker after it turned to blocking-state. This opens up a wide range of possibilities to enhance the circuit breaker with intelligent functionalities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication24th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2022 ECCE Europe
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9789075815399
    Publication statusPublished - 2022
    Event24th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2022 ECCE Europe - Hanover, Germany
    Duration: Sept 5 2022Sept 9 2022

    Publication series

    Name24th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2022 ECCE Europe

    Conference

    Conference24th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE 2022 ECCE Europe
    Country/TerritoryGermany
    CityHanover
    Period9/5/229/9/22

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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