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Title: Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter

Abstract

A DC-DC converter capable of generating outputs of 100 KV without a transformer comprises a silicon opening switch (SOS) diode connected to allow a charging current from a capacitor to flow into an inductor. When a specified amount of charge has flowed through the SOS diode, it opens up abruptly; and the consequential collapsing field of the inductor causes a voltage and current reversal that is steered into a load capacitor by an output diode. A switch across the series combination of the capacitor, inductor, and SOS diode closes to periodically reset the SOS diode by inducing a forward-biased current.

Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Union City, CA
  2. Dublin, CA
  3. Livermore, CA
Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Livermore National Lab. (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
871669
Patent Number(s):
5774348
Assignee:
United States of America as represented by United States (Washington, DC)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H03 - BASIC ELECTRONIC CIRCUITRY H03K - PULSE TECHNIQUE
H - ELECTRICITY H02 - GENERATION H02M - APPARATUS FOR CONVERSION BETWEEN AC AND AC, BETWEEN AC AND DC, OR BETWEEN DC AND DC, AND FOR USE WITH MAINS OR SIMILAR POWER SUPPLY SYSTEMS
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-48
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
light-weight; dc; voltage; converter; dc-dc; capable; generating; outputs; 100; kv; transformer; comprises; silicon; switch; sos; diode; connected; allow; charging; current; capacitor; flow; inductor; specified; amount; charge; flowed; abruptly; consequential; collapsing; field; causes; reversal; steered; load; output; series; combination; closes; periodically; reset; inducing; forward-biased; dc-dc converter; voltage dc; charging current; diode connected; generating output; transformer comprises; /363/

Citation Formats

Druce, Robert L, Kirbie, Hugh C, and Newton, Mark A. Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter. United States: N. p., 1998. Web.
Druce, Robert L, Kirbie, Hugh C, & Newton, Mark A. Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter. United States.
Druce, Robert L, Kirbie, Hugh C, and Newton, Mark A. Thu . "Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/871669.
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title = {Light-weight DC to very high voltage DC converter},
author = {Druce, Robert L and Kirbie, Hugh C and Newton, Mark A},
abstractNote = {A DC-DC converter capable of generating outputs of 100 KV without a transformer comprises a silicon opening switch (SOS) diode connected to allow a charging current from a capacitor to flow into an inductor. When a specified amount of charge has flowed through the SOS diode, it opens up abruptly; and the consequential collapsing field of the inductor causes a voltage and current reversal that is steered into a load capacitor by an output diode. A switch across the series combination of the capacitor, inductor, and SOS diode closes to periodically reset the SOS diode by inducing a forward-biased current.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1998},
month = {1}
}

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