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Evaluation of Power Electronic Components and Systems at Cryogenic Temperatures For Space MissionsPower electronic circuits and systems designed for deep space applications and outer planetary exploration are required to operate reliably and efficiently under extreme temperature conditions. This requirement is dictated by the fact that the operational environments associated with some of the space missions would encompass temperatures as low as -183 C. The development and utilization of electronics capable of low temperature operation would not only fulfill the advanced technology requirements, but also would contribute to improving circuit performance, increasing system efficiency, and reducing development and launch costs. These benefits are generally achieved by the improved intrinsic properties of some of the electronic materials at low temperature, reduced device losses, and the elimination of heating elements used in conventional systems at low temperatures. Power electronic circuits are widely used in space power systems in the areas of power management, conditioning, and control. In this work, the performance of certain power electronic components and systems was investigated under low temperature. These include inductors, capacitors, pulse-width-modulation (PWM) controllers, and advanced commercial DC/DC converter modules. Different properties were determined as a function of temperature in the range of 20 C to -140 C, at various current and voltages levels. The experimental procedures along with the experimental data obtained are presented and discussed in this paper.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Elbuluk, Malik E.
(Akron Univ. Akron, OH, United States)
Gerber, Scott
(ZIN Technologies, Inc. Brook Park, OH, United States)
Hammoud, Ahmad
(QSS Group, Inc. Cleveland, OH, United States)
Patterson, Richard L.
(NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2005
Subject Category
Electronics And Electrical Engineering
Meeting Information
3rd Annual NEPP Workshop Electronic Paris, Packaging, and Radiation Characterization for Space Applications(Houston, TX)
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