A Unified Framework for Computationally Efficient Power Converter Design Optimisation

Ian Laird, James Scoltock, Andrew Forsyth, Xibo Yuan

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Abstract

Within the field of power converter design, the use of optimisation techniques is a popular method to ensure that the best possible design is achieved for a given objective, e.g. weight or volume reduction. However, there is currently a lack of efficient unified frameworks for optimising the system level design of converters in terms of the device, heatsink and passive component selection. This paper presents an efficient unified design optimisation framework that can be applied to a wide range of power converter design problems. The main advantage of the proposed framework is that it produces optimal solutions with great computational efficiency. The proposed framework was validated by applying to SiC-based converter design problems, achieving power densities of 8.32 kW/kg for a 50-kW DC-DC converter, and 3.50 kW/L for a 5-kW 3-phase DC-AC converter.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016)
PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781785611889
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2016
EventThe 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016) - The Hilton Hotel, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Apr 201621 Apr 2016

Conference

ConferenceThe 8th IET International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2016)
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period19/04/1621/04/16

Keywords

  • Design optimisation
  • Unified framework
  • Computational efficiency
  • Silicon carbide
  • Power density

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