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Short-Circuit Protection Circuits for Silicon Carbide Power Transistors
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electrical Energy Conversion.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0570-9599
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electrical Energy Conversion.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6184-6470
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electrical Energy Conversion.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7922-3407
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electrical Energy Conversion.
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2016 (English)In: IEEE transactions on industrial electronics (1982. Print), ISSN 0278-0046, E-ISSN 1557-9948, ISSN 0278-0046, Vol. 63, no 4, 1995-2004 p., ITIEDArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An experimental analysis of the behavior under short-circuit conditions of three different siliconcarbide (SiC) 1200-V power devices is presented. It is found that all devices take up a substantial voltage, which is favorable for detection of short circuits. A transient thermal device simulation was performed to determine the temperature stress on the die during a short-circuit event, for the SiC MOSFET. It was found that, for reliability reasons, the short-circuit time should be limited to values well below Si IGBT tolerances. Guidelines toward a rugged design for short-circuit protection (SCP) are presented with an emphasis on improving the reliability and availability of the overall system. A SiC device driver with an integrated SCP is presented for each device-type, respectively, where a shortcircuit detection is added to a conventional driver design in a simple way. The SCP driver was experimentally evaluated with a detection time of 180 ns. For all devices, short-circuit times well below 1 µs were achieved.

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IEEE-INST ELECTRICAL ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS INC , 2016. Vol. 63, no 4, 1995-2004 p., ITIED
Keyword [en]
BJT Bipolar junction transistor (BJT), Driver circuits, Failure analysis, Fault detection, Fault protection, JFET Power MOSFET, Semiconductor device reliability, Short-circuit current, Silicon Carbide (SiC), Wide band gap semiconductors, driver circuits, failure analysis, fault detection, fault protection, junction field-effect transistor (JFET), power MOSFET, semiconductor device reliability, short-circuit current, silicon carbide (SiC), wide-bandgap semiconductors
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Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Electrical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185456DOI: 10.1109/TIE.2015.2506628ISI: 000372645900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84963729279OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-185456DiVA: diva2:920769
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VINNOVA, 76454
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Available from: 2016-04-19 Created: 2016-04-19 Last updated: 2017-05-29Bibliographically approved
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1. On Reliability of SiC Power Devices in Power Electronics
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Abstract [en]

Silicon Carbide (SiC) is a wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductor materialwhich has several advantages such as higher maximum electric field, lowerON-state resistance, higher switching speeds, and higher maximum allowablejunction operation temperature compared to Silicon (Si). In the 1.2 kV - 1.7kV voltage range, power devices in SiC are foreseen to replace Si Insulatedgatebipolar transistors (IGBTs) for applications targeting high efficiency,high operation temperatures and/or volume reductions. In particular, theSiC Metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) – which isvoltage controlled and normally-OFF – is the device of choice due to the easeof its implementation in designs using Si IGBTs.In this work the reliability of SiC devices, in particular that of the SiCMOSFET, has been investigated. First, the possibility of paralleling two discreteSiC MOSFETs is investigated and validated through static and dynamictests. Parallel-connection was found to be unproblematic. Secondly, drifts ofthe threshold voltage and forward voltage of the body diode of the SiC MOSFETare investigated through long-term tests. Also these reliability aspectswere found to be unproblematic. Thirdly, the impact of the package on thechip reliability is discussed through a modeling of the parasitic inductancesof a standard module and the impact of those inductances on the gate oxide.The model shows imbalances in stray inductances and parasitic elementsthat are problematic for high-speed switching. A long-term test on the impactof humidity on junction terminations of SiC MOSFETs dies and SiCSchottky dies encapsulated in the same standard package reveals early degradationfor some modules situated outdoors. Then, the short-circuit behaviorof three different types (bipolar junction transistor, junction field-effect transistor,and MOSFET) of 1.2 kV SiC switching devices is investigated throughexperiments and simulations. The necessity to turn OFF the device quicklyduring a fault is supported with a detailed electro-thermal analysis for eachdevice. Design guidelines towards a rugged and fast short-circuit protectionare derived. For each device, a short-circuit protection driver was designed,built and validated experimentally. The possibility of designing diode-lessconverters with SiC MOSFETs is investigated with focus on surge currenttests through the body diode. The discovered fault mechanism is the triggeringof the npn parasitic bipolar transistor. Finally, a life-cycle cost analysis(LCCA) has been performed revealing that the introduction of SiC MOSFETsin already existing IGBT designs is economically interesting. In fact,the initial investment is saved later on due to a higher efficiency. Moreover,the reliability is improved, which is beneficial from a risk-management pointof-view. The total investment over 20 years is approximately 30 % lower fora converter with SiC MOSFETs although the initial converter cost is 30 %higher.

Abstract [sv]

Kiselkarbid (SiC) är ett bredbandgapsmaterial (WBG) som har flera fördelar,såsom högre maximal elektrisk fältstyrka, lägre ON-state resitans, högreswitch-hastighet och högre maximalt tillåten arbetstemperatur jämförtmed kisel (Si). I spänningsområdet 1,2-1,7 kV förutses att effekthalvledarkomponenteri SiC kommer att ersätta Si Insulated-gate bipolar transistorer(IGBT:er) i tillämpningar där hög verkningsgrad, hög arbetstemperatur ellervolymreduktioner eftersträvas. Förstahandsvalet är en SiC Metal-oxidesemiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) som är spänningsstyrd ochnormally-OFF, egenskaper som möjliggör enkel implementering i konstruktionersom använder Si IGBTer.I detta arbete undersöks tillförlitligheten av SiC komponenter, specielltSiC MOSFET:en. Först undersöks möjligheten att parallellkoppla tvådiskretaSiC MOSFET:ar genom statiska och dynamiska prov. Parallellkopplingbefanns vara oproblematisk. Sedan undersöks drift av tröskelspänning ochbody-diodens framspänning genom långtidsprov. Ocksådessa tillförlitlighetsaspekterbefanns vara oproblematiska. Därefter undersöks kapslingens inverkanpåchip:et genom modellering av parasitiska induktanser hos en standardmoduloch inverkan av dessa induktanser pågate-oxiden. Modellen påvisaren obalans mellan de parasitiska induktanserna, något som kan varaproblematiskt för snabb switchning. Ett långtidstest av inverkan från fuktpåkant-termineringar för SiC-MOSFET:ar och SiC-Schottky-dioder i sammastandardmodul avslöjar tidiga tecken pådegradering för vissa moduler somvarit utomhus. Därefter undersöks kortslutningsbeteende för tre typer (bipolärtransistor,junction-field-effect transistor och MOSFET) av 1.2 kV effekthalvledarswitchargenom experiment och simuleringar. Behovet att stänga avkomponenten snabbt stöds av detaljerade elektrotermiska simuleringar för allatre komponenter. Konstruktionsriktlinjer för ett robust och snabbt kortslutningsskyddtas fram. För var och en av komponenterna byggs en drivkrets medkortslutningsskydd som valideras experimentellt. Möjligheten att konstrueradiodlösa omvandlare med SiC MOSFET:ar undersöks med fokus påstötströmmargenom body-dioden. Den upptäckta felmekanismen är ett oönskat tillslagav den parasitiska npn-transistorn. Slutligen utförs en livscykelanalys(LCCA) som avslöjar att introduktionen av SiC MOSFET:ar i existerandeIGBT-konstruktioner är ekonomiskt intressant. Den initiala investeringensparas in senare pågrund av en högre verkningsgrad. Dessutom förbättrastillförlitligheten, vilket är fördelaktigt ur ett riskhanteringsperspektiv. Dentotala investeringen över 20 år är ungefär 30 % lägre för en omvandlare medSiC MOSFET:ar även om initialkostnaden är 30 % högre.

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Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 215 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2017:038
Keyword
Silicon Carbide, Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor Field-Effect Transistor (MOSFET), Junction Field-Effect Transistor(JFET), Bipolar Junction Transistor (BJT), Reliability, Failure Analysis, Reliability Testing, Short- Circuit Currents, Humidity, Resonant converter, Series-resonant converter (SLR), Base drive circuits, Gate drive circuits, Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Kiselkarbid, MOSFETar, JFETar, Bipolär Junction Transistor (BJT), Tillförlitlighet, Robusthet, Felanalys, Tillförlitlighetstestning, Kortslutningsströmmar, Luftfuktighet, Resonansomvandlare, Serie-resonansomvandlare (SLR), Basdrivkretsar, Gate-drivkretsar, Felskydd, Livscykelkostnadsanalys
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Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
Research subject
Electrical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207763 (URN)978-91-7729-445-0 (ISBN)
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2017-06-15, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, KTH-huset, våningsplan 4, KTH Campus, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
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