The reliability of power semiconductor switches is important when considering their vital role in power electronic converters for downhole subsea applications. Respect to technology advancements in material sciences, power MOSFETs with wide band gap materials have been proposed such as silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) as an alternative to existing silicon (Si) based MOSFETs and IGBTs. However, reliability analysis should be performed before substituting SiC-MOSFETs in the place of existing Si-MOSFETs and IGBTs. Due to costly equipment of experimental test setup for accelerated life test, a good reliable and precise simulation-based test bench should be used to test the life test procedure before implementing actual hardware. Therefore, this paper introduces a power cycle (PC) test bench for accelerated life testing for reliability assessment of SiC-MOSFET in harsh offshore environment. The introduced test bench is a simulation-based of power switch in SimScape and LTspice and has been validated with datasheet of 1.2 kV SiC-MOSFET, CAS300M12BM2 by CREE. Preliminary hardware circuits are also shown for further experimental tests. The captured data from the Device-Under-Test (DUT) in different ambient temperatures are envisioned and provide critical information about the failure mechanisms and lifetime characteristics of power devices. The provided lifetime characteristics data of SiC-MOSFET can be used to statistically estimate the Remaining-Useful-Lifetime (RUL) of component in a real application such as downhole motor drives.
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Offshore Technology Conference
May 6–9, 2019
Power Cycle Test Bench for Accelerated Life Testing for Reliability Assessment of SiC-MOSFET in Extreme Offshore Environment
Amin Rahnama Sadat
Amin Rahnama Sadat
The ECE department of University of Houston
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Paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2019.
Paper Number: OTC-29368-MS
Published: April 26 2019
Sadat, Amin Rahnama. "Power Cycle Test Bench for Accelerated Life Testing for Reliability Assessment of SiC-MOSFET in Extreme Offshore Environment." Paper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, May 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.4043/29368-MS
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