Analysis of the Zero Overvoltage Switching Phenomenon

Schmied N, Matlok S, März M (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 10

Pages Range: 128263-128275

DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3227442


In common understanding, the fast switching speed of wide-bandgap devices leads to high overvoltage and oscillations, if no countermeasures are taken. Those countermeasures were introduced in the past, and include methods such as build-in gate resistors or low-inductive power modules. There is, however, a physical limit for the reduction of the parasitic inductance in the commutation cell. This is one of the reasons why the full potential of wide-bandgap devices cannot be entirely utilized. In contrast, the Zero Overvoltage Switching (ZOS) phenomenon can be used to theoretically unleash unlimited switching speed with no switching losses and voltage overshoots. This method triggers the inherent parasitic oscillating elements of a commutation cell to perform an ideal current commutation. This article investigates the physical effects and usage of this technology in real-world applications. The model of an ideal commutation cell is adapted to reality by introducing damping factors as well as the nonlinear behaviour of the parasitic capacitances. An extended ZOS area is presented, including the parasitic capacitances of two wide-bandgap devices. It allows today's silicon carbide power modules to make use of the ZOS technology and perform at different power levels. Measurements with a commercially available power module were taken to verify the theoretical analysis and the derived equations.

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Schmied, N., Matlok, S., & März, M. (2022). Analysis of the Zero Overvoltage Switching Phenomenon. IEEE Access, 10, 128263-128275.


Schmied, Nico, Stefan Matlok, and Martin März. "Analysis of the Zero Overvoltage Switching Phenomenon." IEEE Access 10 (2022): 128263-128275.

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