Evaluation of SiC Schottky diodes using pressure contacts

Ortiz Gonzalez, J. and Alatise, O. and Aliyu, Attahir Murtala and Rajaguru, Pushparajah and Castellazzi, Alberto and Ran, L. and Mawby, P. and Bailey, Christopher (2017) Evaluation of SiC Schottky diodes using pressure contacts. IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics . ISSN 1557-9948

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Abstract

The thermomechanical reliability of SiC power devices and modules is increasingly becoming of interest especially for high power applications where power cycling performance is critical. Press-pack assemblies are a trusted and reliable packaging solution that has traditionally been used for high power thyristorbased applications in FACTS/HVDC, although press-pack IGBTs have become commercially available more recently. These press-pack IGBTs require anti-parallel PiN diodes for enabling reverse conduction capability. In these high power applications, paralleling chips for high current conduction capability is a requirement, hence, electrothermal stability during current sharing is critical. SiC Schottky diodes not only exhibit the advantages of wide bandgap technology compared to silicon PiN diodes, but they have significantly lower zero temperature coefficient (ZTC) meaning they are more electrothermally stable. The lower ZTC is due to the unipolar nature of SiC Schottky diodes as opposed to the bipolar nature of PiN diodes. This paper investigates the implementation and reliability of SiC Schottky diodes in press-pack assemblies. The impact of pressure loss on the electrothermal stability of parallel devices is investigated.

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Keywords: semiconductor device packaging, Schottky diodes, Silicon carbide, pressure packaging
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Identification Number: 10.1109/TIE.2017.2677348
Depositing User: Mitchell, Catherine
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2017 23:08
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44371

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