High voltage DC-DC converter using a series stacked topology
Thesis (MScEng (Electrical and Electronic Engineering))-- University of Stellenbosch, 2006.
This thesis presents the design and implementation of a high voltage DC-DC converter using a series stacked topology. The converter’s specifications were set by Spoornet and the converter forms part of a DC-AC inverter to be installed in Spoornet substations. Different converter topologies will be considered. A high frequency, high power coaxially wound transformer will be analysed, designed and manufactured for this specific converter application. A thermal analysis of the transformer will be carried out. The merits of different control schemes, leading to the choice of an average current mode controller, will be discussed. This controller will be designed and implemented to control the converter. The converter is then simulated to test and verify the controller functionality. A two-level series stacked converter is built and tested to verify the converter design and to test the functionality of the coaxially wound transformer. Finally, the results obtained will be discussed.