E3S Web Conf.
Volume 16, 201711th European Space Power Conference
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Power Management & Distribution: DC/DC Converters|
|Published online||23 May 2017|
Watkins-Johnson Topology Integrated in a Full-Bridge Converter
1 ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
2 ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1,, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
3 ESA-ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Electrical thrusters require high power and High Voltage (HV) of 300V to 2000V depending on the thruster technology. A converter suitable for this application should have a high power handling capability (full bridge converter) and a simple output stage (fly-back converter). Other desirable characteristics would be: simplicity, able to supply a wide range of loads, low stress on switches, high stability and galvanic isolation between input and the output power.
The Watkins-Johnson (W-J) topology is used mainly in HV applications due to the fact that its magnetic elements are on the input side. However the power output of this converter is constrained by the “single switch topology”. Further downsides of the basic W-J topology are the relatively high voltage stress on the switching elements and the fact that is not galvanically isolated.
This paper will present a new topology of a Full Bridge Isolated Converter which is based on the W-J topology. Steady state behaviour in Continuous Current Mode (CCM) and in Discontinuous Current Mode (DCM) will be investigated. Dynamic performances of the converter will be investigated with the analysis of its transfer function. An equivalent circuit suitable for PSPICE simulations will be presented.
The topology presented potentially offers the following advantages which are suited to providing power conditioning to sub-systems which require high voltage and high power:
• Simple output stage suitable for HV.
• Buck type transfer function, hence simple control scheme.
• Low stress on components.
• Single stage converter
• Suitable for modular high power converter due to the simplicity of the output stage
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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