Wide Bandgap Devices in AC Electric Drives: Opportunities and Challenges Academic Article uri icon


  • 2018 IEEE. Wide bandgap (WBG) device-based power electronics converters are more efficient and lightweight than silicon-based converters. WBG devices are an enabling technology for many motor drive applications and new classes of compact and efficient motors. This paper reviews the potential applications and advances enabled by WBG devices in ac motor drives. Industrial motor drive products using WBG devices are reviewed, and the benefits are highlighted. This paper also discusses the technical challenges, converter design considerations, and design tradeoffs in realizing the full potential of WBG devices in motor drives. There is a tradeoff between high switching frequency and other issues such as high dv/dt and electromagnetic interference. The problems of high common mode currents and bearing and insulation damage, which are caused by high dv/dt, and the reliability of WBG devices are discussed.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Morya, A. K., Gardner, M. C., Anvari, B., Liu, L., Yepes, A. G., Doval-Gandoy, J., & Toliyat, H. A.

citation count

  • 159

complete list of authors

  • Morya, Ajay Kumar||Gardner, Matthew C||Anvari, Bahareh||Liu, Liming||Yepes, Alejandro G||Doval-Gandoy, Jesus||Toliyat, Hamid A

publication date

  • March 2019