A boost-inverter-based bipolar high-voltage pulse generator

Ahmed Elserougi, Ahmed M. Massoud, Shehab Ahmed

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Bipolar repetitive high-voltage pulse generators are commonly used in modern pulsed power applications. Conventionally, bipolar high-voltage pulses can be generated by adding a high-voltage H-bridge at the output stage of a unipolar high-voltage pulse generator which increases complexity and cost of the bipolar high-voltage pulse generator. In this paper, a boost-inverter-based bipolar high-voltage pulse generator with high-voltage gain is proposed. The proposed generator can provide high-voltage bipolar output pulses with the desired specifications from a low input dc voltage. The proposed generator is based on employing two bidirectional boost dc-dc converters, where the load is connected differentially between the boost converters' output terminals. In the proposed approach, four controlled switches are required. Only two out of these four switches are rated at the high-voltage output level which affects positively the system cost. A detailed illustration of the proposed approach along with the design of its passive components is presented in this study. Simulation and experimental results are used to validate the proposed approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7484713
Pages (from-to)2846-2855
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • Bipolar pulses
  • boost inverter
  • high-voltage pulse generator
  • pulsed power system

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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