Design and Simulation of High Power Filter Inductors with Minimized Thermal Resistance

Conference: PCIM Europe 2014 - International Exhibition and Conference for Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy and Energy Management
05/20/2014 - 05/22/2014 at Nürnberg, Deutschland

Proceedings: PCIM Europe 2014

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Stadler, Alexander; Stolzke, Tobias; Gulden, Christof (STS GmbH & Co. KG, Germany)

Improving power density is a permanent challenge of R&D in power electronics. A survey of modern power electronic circuits shows that further optimization has to be based on the passives and particularly on the inductive components. State of the art inductors (e.g. in LC/LCL filters) contribute a lot to space, weight, losses and cost as well. In this paper, a new generation of power inductors is presented. The thermal management of these components has been optimized using FEM and extensive thermal measurements. Thus, much higher electrical current densities have become possible at the same hot-spot temperature, which is finally equivalent to higher energy density and smaller component size.