Rapid Capacitor Charger with Advanced Digital Control

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We are reporting on the design of a compact capacitor charger with a rated output voltage of 50kV and a power rating of 10kJ/s. The input source is a 208V, 3-phase AC utility supply. The charger shall fit in to an 19inch, 5U enclosure. The core of the charger is a HV-power pack containing a high-frequency transformer with a nano-crystalline core, multiple output windings using litz-wire and integrated HV rectifiers. The primary of the transformer is driven by an H-bridge inverter with advanced IGBTs and matching High Power Drivers. The control is through a state-of-the-art Digital Signal Controller (DSC) with fast cycle-by-cycle Peak current mode control, leading edge blanking, and high resolution, fast, automated slope compensation for current loop stability. The DSC runs at 5 times the speed of the main processor core for ns level PWM resolution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665433471
StatePublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2021 - Denver, United States
Duration: Dec 12 2021Dec 16 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE International Pulsed Power Conference
ISSN (Print)2158-4915
ISSN (Electronic)2158-4923


Conference2021 IEEE Pulsed Power Conference, PPC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • HV capacitor charger
  • digital control


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