Characterization and Aging Test Methodology for Power Electronic Devices at High Temperature
Power electronic modules are key elements in the chain of power conversion. The application areas include aerospace, aviation, railway, electrical distribution, automotive, home automation, oil industry ... But the use of power electronics in high temperature environments is a major strategic issue in the coming years especially in transport. However, the active components based on silicon are limited in their applications and not suitable for those require both high voltages and high ambient temperatures. The materials with wide energy gap like SiC, GaN and diamond, have the advantage of being able to exceed these limits [1,2]. These materials seem adequate to extremely harsh temperature environments and allow the reduction of cooling systems, but also the increasing of switching frequency.
Maher Soueidan, Mohamad Roumié and Pierre Masri
A. Ibrahim et al., "Characterization and Aging Test Methodology for Power Electronic Devices at High Temperature", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 324, pp. 411-414, 2011