CONVERTER DESIGN PROJECTS

CONVERTER DESIGN
10 kW to 10 MW ++

PowerForge project suits power converter design needs in the low- and medium-voltage ranges, from dozens of kW to dozens of MW.

The 3-phase DC/AC conversion stage type addresses use cases such as:

  • grid-connected inverter with unidirectional (PV) or reversible (energy storage) power flow
  • Variable Frequency Drive / motor drive inverter with regenerative braking
  • PWM rectifier / Active Front-End

The non-isolated DC/DC conversion stage type addresses use cases such as:

  • high-power battery charge/discharge interface (energy storage, V2G)
  • DC/DC conversion between different onboard DC buses

UNLIMITED DESIGN OPTIONS

PowerForge’s intuitive user interface, comprehensive libraries and high-speed steady-state computation algorithms enable power electronics engineers to explore a virtually limitless range of design options when starting the development of a new product.

Configure your choices in a few clicks and PowerForge will automatically propose the corresponding power converter design, complete with comprehensive semiconductor loss and properly-sized cooling system and filters. All of this comes with relevant performance data, waveforms and even an instant 3D preview to gauge the relative size of each component.

Repeat with different settings and, in a few minutes, you will cover a wide range of design options across many key variables such as:

  • component technologies (Si, SiC, GaN)
  • converter topology (wide range of topologies available including 3L-NPC, 3L-T-type, 3L-Flying Capacitor, nL-Flying Capacitor…)
  • switching frequency and control strategy

With PowerForge, converter designers can now dare exploring solutions that they would never have before.

BENCHMARK & CHOOSE
BASED ON THE METRICS THAT MATTER TO YOU

PowerForge’s intuitive user interface, comprehensive libraries and high-speed steady-state computation algorithms enable power electronics engineers to explore a virtually limitless range of design options when starting the development of a new product.

Configure your choices in a few clicks and PowerForge will automatically propose the corresponding power converter design, complete with comprehensive semiconductor loss and properly-sized cooling system and filters. All of this comes with relevant performance data, waveforms and even an instant 3D preview to gauge the relative size of each component.

Repeat with different settings and, in a few minutes, you will cover a wide range of design options across many key variables such as:

  • component technologies
  • converter topology (wide range of multilevel topologies available as an option)
  • switching frequency and control strategy

With PowerForge, converter designers can now dare exploring solutions that they would never have before.

DEVICES & MATERIALS LIBRARIES

BUILT IN LIBRARIES

PowerForge comes built-in with a broad range of libraries of off-the-shelf references for all major components of a converter’s power train, freely available for use in your converter designs.

These libraries are assembled from manufacturer-provided data using Power Design Technologies’ internal expertise, resulting in a harmonized, universal data set that enables comparison across manufacturers and technologies.

Limits from international standards relevant to the design of switching power converters are also present.

  • Over 100 references from 15 manufacturers including ABB, Infineon, Rohm, Semikron,…
  • Wide range of discretes and standard bridge leg modules, from surface-mount through TO-247 to high-voltage power modules
  • Multilevel topology-specific NPC and T-type modules
  • Compare silicon MOSFETs, IGBTs and SiC MOSFETs conduction and switching power loss on equal footing
  • All main electrical, mechanical and thermal characteristics at your fingertips, summarized in a consistent manner
  • Over 1000 plastic film references from 5 manufacturers
  • Over 40 powder alloy & ferrite references from 5 manufacturers
  • Limits from CISPR / EN55022 / FCC15B industrial (class A) & residential (class B) conducted electromagnetic emissions standards

ON-GOING IMPROVEMENT & SPECIFIC ADDITIONS ON DEMAND

Thanks to PowerForge’s cloud-based model, new references are introduced regularly.

Users can request the addition of specific off-the-shelf references they find to be missing. Subject to sufficient manufacturer-provided data, they shall quickly become available in PowerForge.

PRIVATE REFERENCES

Add your own private discrete / module references, making them available for use in all of your company’s converter design projects!

Multi-dimensional conduction and switching loss look-up tables can be imported from XML (PLECS-compatible format) files, be they:

  • provided by the manufacturer (models available from ABB & Dynex currently supported out-of-the-box)
  • built from your own proprietary characterizations (I-V and double-pulse measurements)

INDUSTRY-STANDARD FILE EXPORTS

FURTHER PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

Evaluating many design options and comparing their performances in order to find the best trade-off is just the first step in the job of designing a high-performance power converter (we know that because we’ve been there ourselves).

Thanks to its ability to export files to many industry-standard software tools, PowerForge integrates with your usual product development workflow.

SCHEMATICS & MODELS FOR YOUR PREFERRED CIRCUIT SIMULATOR

Ready-to-use zip archives containing circuit schematics files and associated power switch loss model files can be exported for either of the two leading circuit simulation software dedicated to power electronics : PSIM and PLECS.

EASY MAGNETICS DESIGN VERIFICATION WITH FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS

Verify, fine-tune and optimize inductor designs with the help of 2D electromagnetics finite element analysis thanks to PowerForge’s export to the most accessible free FEA software on the market: FEMM (Finite Element Method Magnetics)

CONVENIENT DESIGN DOCUMENTS

Don’t waste time generating boilerplate documents: PowerForge can do it for you.

  • XLSX bill of materials

 

CLOUD-ACCESS

EFFICIENTLY COLLABORATIVE

Any number of PowerForge users from your company can take part in a converter design project.

Participants can be assigned different roles by the project owner:

  • designers can create, explore and compare design options
  • reviewers have a read-only access to the results

All participants see the exact same data in real-time;

RUNS IN YOUR BROWSER

Installation-free, maintenance-free

Always up-to-date with latest features

Accessible from any modern web browser

No need for a fast computer – heavy lifting is done server-side!

SECURE

All communication between your browser and PowerForge servers is secured using the HTTPS protocol and follows the latest web security standards (A+ SSL Labs rating).

All data is hosted in a European datacenter, operated by a European company.