Conceptual study of a Bipolar modular high voltage Pulse generator with sequential charging

Ahmed Elserougi*, Ahmed Massoud, Shehab Ahmed

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Repetitive Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) is a common technique for disinfecting liquids. By applying adequate PEF across germ cell membranes, an irreversible electroporation process, and cell destruction can be achieved. The PEF can be generated by applying a repetitive pulsed voltage using a high-voltage pulse generator across the cell membrane. Unipolar and bipolar high-voltage pulse generators are commonly used. Bipolar pulse generators can be implemented by employing a unipolar generator with an H-bridge output stage. The main disadvantage of this method is that the switches of the H-bridge are rated at the output high-voltage level, i.e. series-stacked semiconductor devices should be employed with static and dynamic voltage sharing to implement high-voltage switches. In this paper, a half-bridge submodule-based bipolar modular high-voltage pulse-generator fed from a relatively low-voltage dc supply is proposed. In the proposed approach, relatively low-voltage Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistors (IGBTs) are required to generate the high-voltage bipolar pulses. A detailed illustration of the proposed concept is presented. Simulation results are used to assure the viability of the proposed concept. Finally, experimental results have been obtained from a low-voltage model of the proposed generator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7823397
Pages (from-to)3450-3457
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • high voltage pulse generator
  • Pulsed power system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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