Magnetic Design and Experimental Evaluation of a Commercially Available Single Integrated Transformer in Three-Phase LLC Resonant Converter

Mostafa Noah, Shota Kimura, Jun Imaoka, Wilmar Martinez, Shun Endo, Masayoshi Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Umetani

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Abstract

Multiphase topologies are preferably employed in power conversion systems to lessen the per-phase circuit current, conduction losses, devices thermal stresses, and to reduce the output current ripples. A multiphase LLC resonant dc/dc converter usually possesses a number of magnetic cores equal to the number of phases. These magnetic cores are the major contributors to supply volume, weight, and size. For these reasons, circuit designers tend to select the topologies that have a minimal number of magnetic cores. In this paper, the authors aim to promote the industrial applications of the three-phase LLC resonant converter by integrating three transformers into a single commercially available magnetic core to reduce the volume, weight, and cost of the power converter. A comprehensive magnetic analysis for the three-phase-integrated transformer is conducted. Finite element method (FEM) simulation and experimental tests are carried out to validate the proper operation of the integrated transformer utilized in a 390-/12-V to 500-W prototype. Furthermore, the power losses distribution has been presented. The proposed integrated transformer has been proven effective, and it realized a uniform thermal distribution along the core compared to the three-discrete transformers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8411493
Pages (from-to)6190-6204
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Volume54
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2018

Keywords

  • DC/DC converter
  • ferrite magnetic cores
  • magnetic cores
  • soft-switching converters
  • three-phase LLC resonant converter
  • transformer design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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