A two-stage power converter for welding applications with increased efficiency and reduced filtering

Klumpner, Christian and Corbridge, Mathew (2008) A two-stage power converter for welding applications with increased efficiency and reduced filtering. In: 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (ISIE 2008), 30 Jun-2 Jul 2008, Cambridge, UK.

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The power supply technology used in welding applications changed dramatically from manually tap-controlled 50Hz bulky transformers which had large leakage inductance to provide stable arc burn to switch-mode fast controlled highfrequency power electronics. Nowadays, the typical converter configuration consist of a diode rectifier supplying via a large electrolytic capacitor a smooth DC-link voltage to a high switching frequency H-bridge inverter that steps down the voltage and provides isolation via a high frequency transformer whilst operating with adjustable dutycycle to maintain the output current constant. This topology allows for important size reduction since the size of magnetics decreases rapidly with the increase of the frequency. This paper proposes a more complex two-stage configuration with a buck DC/DC converter operating at a reduced switching frequency to feed adjustable voltage to an H-bridge inverter, which is operating always with the required voltage at 50% dutycycle, enabling in addition the minimization of the output filter size and of the switching losses.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, 2008 : ISIE 2008, June 30, 2008 - July 2, 2008, Cambridge, United Kingdom. Piscataway, N.J. : IEEE, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-4244-1666-0. pp. 251-256, doi:10.1109/ISIE.2008.4677248 © 2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Keywords: Electrolytic Capacitors, Invertors, Power Convertors, Power Supplies to Apparatus, Rectifying Circuits, Welding
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/ISIE.2008.4677248
Depositing User: Klumpner, Dr Christian
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2016 07:53
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 06:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34833

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