The capacitor current would be imbalanced under the conventional control strategy in the half-bridge three-level (HBTL) DC/DC converter due to the effect of the output inductance of the power supply and the input line inductance, which would affect the converter's reliability. This paper proposes a pulse-wide modulation (PWM) strategy composed of two operation modes for the HBTL DC/DC converter, which can realize the zero-voltage switching (ZVS) for the efficiency improvement. In addition, a capacitor current balancing control is proposed by alternating the two operation modes of the proposed ZVS PWM strategy, which can eliminate the current imbalance among the two input capacitors. Therefore, the proposed control strategy can improve the converter's performance and reliability in: 1) reducing the switching losses and noises of the power switches; 2) balancing the thermal stresses and lifetimes among the two input capacitors. Finally, the simulation and experimental results are presented to verify the proposed control strategy.
Proceedings of the 2017 Ieee Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (apec), 2017, p. 307-314
Capacitor current balance; DC/DC three-level converter; Zero-voltage-switching (ZVS)
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2017 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition (APEC), 2017