A Family of Series-Resonant DC-DC Converter with Fault-Tolerance Capability

Levy Ferreira Costa, Giampaolo Buticchi, Marco Liserre

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    The series-resonant dc-dc converter (SRC) is widely applied in a large range of voltage and power. In most applications, fault tolerance is a highly desired feature and it is obtained through redundancy. This paper proposes a fault-tolerance solution for the SRC, which could drastically reduce the need of redundancy. Using the proposed scheme, the full-bridge-based SRC or multilevel-based SRC can be reconfigured in a half-bridge topology, in order to keep the converter operational even with the failure (open circuit or short circuit) of one switch. Since the proposed scheme can be applied to the full-bridge-SRC and multilevel SRC, a family of fault-tolerant converter is proposed in this work. The advantages of the proposed approach are minimum of additional hardware and no deterioration of the converter efficiency. The proposed fault-tolerance solution was experimentally tested in a 10 kW SRC prototype with input voltage of 700-600 V. A short-circuit fault in a semiconductor is tested and the results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number8052543
    Pages (from-to)335-344
    Number of pages10
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


    • DC-DC converter
    • fault tolerance
    • multilevel topologies
    • reliability

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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