Experimental Study of Mechanical Stress Wave in Power Electronics Device
This paper studied a method for measuring the mechanical stress wave in power electronic device by means of test circuit and digital filtering technology. Time domain and frequency domain characteristic parameters of mechanical stress wave，such as amplitude，peak-to-peak，peak frequency，and frequency range，were obtained through signal processing and spectrum analysis. The research results show that the mechanical stress wave can be measured by setting the sampling threshold and stopping the band frequency reasonably. When a current of 40 A in IKW40T120 IGBT device is turned off，the mechanical stress wave continues to decay for 100 μs，and its amplitude and peak-to-peak value are 5.2 mV and 9.6 mV，respectively. The amplitude spectrum clearly has three frequency segments that are 20~100 kHz，150~200 kHz and 290~310 kHz. Each frequency segment has one peak frequency point，which is 54 kHz，163 kHz and 299 kHz，respectively，showing almost 1，3 and 5 octave relationship. The peaks corresponding to three peak frequency points differ greatly，which are 1.24 mV，0.69 mV and 0.36 mV，respectively.
Keywords: power electronics device, turn-off process, mechanical stress wave, condition monitoring, reliability
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