A boost converter-based ringing circuit with high-voltage gain for unipolar pulse generation

Ahmed Elserougi*, Shehab Ahmed, Ahmed Massoud

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High-Voltage pulse generators are commonly used in biotechnology, medicine, industrial applications, food processing and drinking water purification. The dc-dc boost converter has been used before in pulsed applications for its ability to amplify a relatively low input dc voltage to a high-voltage output. A high-voltage solid-state chopping switch is then used to chop the generated high output voltage. In this work, a boost-converter based ringing circuit with high voltage gain is proposed for water treatment applications. The basic concept of the proposed approach depends on operating the boost converter under discontinuous current conduction. With the proposed approach, the chopping high-voltage switch at the output stage is eliminated, which positively affects the system cost and efficiency. A full-design of the circuit and passive components is presented to ensure that the desired pulse specifications are achieved. The proposed approach has been validated using simulation and experimental results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7556482
Pages (from-to)2088-2094
Number of pages7
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pulsed power system
  • pulse generator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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