Implementation of a ZVS Three-Level Converter with Series-Connected Transformers

Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 177-185, Mar. 2013



This paper studies a soft switching DC/DC converter to achieve zero voltage switching (ZVS) for all switches under a wide range of load condition and input voltage. Two three-level PWM circuits with the same power switches are adopted to reduce the voltage stress of MOSFETs at Vin/2 and achieve load current sharing. Thus, the current stress and power rating of power semiconductors at the secondary side are reduced. The series-connected transformers are adopted in each three-level circuit. Each transformer can be operated as an inductor to smooth the output current or a transformer to achieve the electric isolation and power transfer from the input side to the output side. Therefore, no output inductor is needed at the secondary side. Two center-tapped rectifiers connected in parallel are used at the secondary side to achieve load current sharing. Due to the resonant behavior by the resonant inductance and resonant capacitance at the transition interval, all switches are turned on at ZVS. Experiments based on a 1kW prototype are provided to verify the performance of proposed converter.

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[IEEE Style]

B. Lin, "Implementation of a ZVS Three-Level Converter with Series-Connected Transformers," Journal of Power Electronics, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 177-185, 2013. DOI: 10.6113/JPE.2013.13.2.177.

[ACM Style]

Bor-Ren Lin. 2013. Implementation of a ZVS Three-Level Converter with Series-Connected Transformers. Journal of Power Electronics, 13, 2, (2013), 177-185. DOI: 10.6113/JPE.2013.13.2.177.