Weight reduction of DC/DC converters using controllable inductors

Konferenz: PCIM Europe 2019 - International Exhibition and Conference for Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy and Energy Management
07.05.2019 - 09.05.2019 in Nürnberg, Deutschland

Tagungsband: PCIM Europe 2019

Seiten: 8Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Eichhorst, Dennis; Pfeiffer, Jonas; Zacharias, Peter (University of Kassel, Germany)

Controllable inductors can be realized by introducing auxiliary windings into the device that partially saturate the core and allow variation of the inductance value. This can be used to achieve zero-voltage switching in a DC/DC converter over a wide load range while at the same time the weight of the inductor is reduced. In this paper the possible size and weight reduction and the influence on the efficiency is calculated and compared to other solutions. The results are verified in a prototype.