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3.5 kW/in3 Planar Coupled Inductor Design and Optimization for a 50 kW 3-level Four-Switch Buck-Boost (3L-FSBB) Converter...

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Conference Paper
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Proceeding 2022 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
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New Jersey, United States of America
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2022 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE)
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Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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Planar magnetics design has been widely used in power electronics field because of the low profile, ease of manufacturability, and high power density. This paper first proposes a 3-level four-switch buck-boost (3L-FSBB) converter for the dc-dc applications where the zero common-mode (CM) voltage emissions, step-up and step-down are all required. With the consideration of power density, efficiency, and cost, a 15oz heavy copper coupled inductor for 3-level FSBB converter was designed and optimized with the low-cost commercial core and planar windings. According to the soft-switching quadrangle modulation for 3-L FSBB, the turns number and stacked core number are optimized first. And then, a two-board design is proposed to reduce the fringing effect and improve the thermal performance. Finally, a 75 kVA two-stage ac-dc-dc converter including a 3-level FSBB converter was built to verify the electrical design.