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Performance of High-frequency High-flux Magnetic Cores at Cryogenic TemperaturesThree magnetic powder cores and one ferrite core, which are commonly used in inductor and transformer design for switch mode power supplies, were selected for investigation at cryogenic temperatures. The powder cores are Molypermalloy Core (MPC), High Flux Core (HFC), and Kool Mu Core (KMC). The performance of four inductors utilizing these cores has been evaluated as a function of temperature from 20 C to -180 C. All cores were wound with the same wire type and gauge to obtain equal values of inductance at room temperature. Each inductor was evaluated in terms of its inductance, quality (Q) factor, resistance, and dynamic hysteresis characteristics (B-H loop) as a function of temperature and frequency. Both sinusoidal and square wave excitations were used in these investigations. Measured data obtained on the inductance showed that both the MPC and the HFC cores maintain a constant inductance value, whereas with the KMC and ferrite core hold a steady value in inductance with frequency but decrease as temperature is decreased. All cores exhibited dependency, with varying degrees, in their quality factor and resistance on test frequency and temperature. Except for the ferrite, all cores exhibited good stability in the investigated properties with temperature as well as frequency. Details of the experimental procedures and test results are presented and discussed in the paper.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Gerber, Scott S.
(ZIN Technologies, Inc. Brook Park, OH United States)
Hammoud, Ahmad
(QSS Group, Inc. Cleveland, OH United States)
Elbuluk, Malik E.
(Akron Univ. Akron, OH United States)
Patterson, Richard L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 2002
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:211836
Meeting Information
37th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference(Washington, DC)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 297-60-10
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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