Date of Award

3-2010

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Taufik

Abstract

High voltage power supply design presents unique requirements, combining safety, controllability, high performance, and high efficiencies. A new Resonant Self-Tracking Current-Fed Converter (RST-CFC) is investigated as a proof-of-concept of a high voltage power supply particularly for an X-ray system. These systems require fast voltage rise times and low ripple to yield a clear image.

The proposed converter implements high-frequency resonance among discrete components and transformer parasitics to achieve high voltage gain, and the self-tracking nature ensures operation at maximum gain while power switches achieve zero-voltage switching across the full load range. This converter exhibits an inherent indefinite short-circuit capability. Theoretical results were obtained through simulations and verified by experimental results through a complete test configuration. Converter topology viability was confirmed through hardware testing and characterization.

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