Passive regenerative and dissipative snubber cells for isolated SEPIC converters: analysis, design, and comparison

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Abstract

An isolated converter such as SEPIC has high voltage stress on the main switch due to transformer leakage inductance. To solve this issue active or passive clamp action is necessary. The common passive solution based on an RCD snubber is simple but impractical when the value of the leakage inductance is significant. On the other hand, passive regenerative solutions generally compromise the isolation, making the search for a suitable snubber a challenge. In this paper, an effective passive regenerative snubber cell for isolated SEPIC converters operating in DCM or CCM is presented. It is intended to improve the converter efficiency by transferring the energy stored in the transformer leakage inductance to the output. The analysis is presented in detail for DCM and extended to CCM together with a practical design procedure. In order to compare with the RCD, the analysis and design of a conventional cell are presented as well. To validate the proposal and quantify its feasibility, experimental results are performed for both dissipative and regenerative snubbers on a 100 W, 100 V input and 50 V output voltage converter operating first in DCM and later in CCM.
Original languageEnglish
Article number7819516
Pages (from-to)9210-9222
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Volume32
Issue number12
Early online date16 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Keywords

  • RCD snubber
  • SEPIC converter
  • regenerative snubber

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