Start: Q4 2018
To design a highly compact, bi-directional 7-11 kW converter as an onboard charger and to use this converter as a “vehicle” for developing a holistic design-by-simulation workflow.
The main challenges and topics of investigation are:
- To find a circuit topology/control/design combination capable of breaking state-of-the-art power density and satisfying industry legal standards.
- To build a proof-of-concept demonstrator using advanced components and integration technology; utilising the expertise of our industrial partners representing the whole power electronics value chain.
- The novel simulation workflow should fill a gap in the current design process by including critical physical affects not typically included in circuit simulation, i.e. temperature, EMC and lifetime.
- Developing efficient data exchange between software packages for the co-simulation workflow. Workflow to be used in this and future SAL projects, with intention of sharing with industrial partners.
- A proof-of-concept demonstrator meeting legal industry standards and improving state-of-the-art power density.
- A holistic simulation workflow that couples open-source and/or industry standard software, allowing easy penetration into the wider power electronics industry.
- Simulation verification using proof-of-concept demonstrator.
- Clear path for introducing lifetime prediction into simulation workflow using component models from partners.
- Architecture and simulation workflow to be available for future converter designs.