Evaluation of a 7 kV 80 kA SGTO module

Richard L. Thomas, Heather O'Brien, William Shaheen, Stephen B. Bayne

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This work was undertaken to investigate the switching performance of Super GTO's (SGTO) under conditions of fast rise times up to 25 kA/us, high peak current up to 80 kA, blocking voltage of 7 kV and pulse width of 100 us. The device under test is a switch that is made of two 3.5 kV modules placed in series; each containing eight SGTO die in parallel. The SGTO die developed by Silicon Power Corporation (SPCO) have a very small gate structure of approximately 10 mu;m. The benefit of this small gate structure is that it allows the device to reach full conduction faster than a conventional thyristor and is therefore optimized for fast turn-on (high di/dt). The SGTO die is a very efficient device having a current density of 29.7 A/mm2 at 10 kA. Each SGTO die can hold of 3.5 kV and can conduct 10 kA. The efficiency of the SGTO die warrants evaluation of this dual module SGTO switch that is rated at 7 kV and 80 kA. The evaluation of the dual module will also determine its overall ability to be used in other voltage and current configurations for various applications by determining its safe operating area (SOA). We have evaluated the switch at 6 kV at a maximum current of 86 kA over a 120 mu;s pulse width and with a di/dt of 25 kA/μs.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2007
Event2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 13 2005Jun 17 2005

Publication series

NameDigest of Technical Papers-IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference


Conference2005 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA


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