A GaN-HEMT compact model including dynamic rDSon effect for power electronics converters

Ke Li, Paul Leonard Evans, Christopher Mark Johnson, Arnaud Videt, Nadir Idir

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    In order to model GaN-HEMT switching transients and determine power losses, a compact model including dynamic RDSon effect is proposed herein. The model includes mathematical equa-tions to represent device static and capacitance-voltage characteristics, and a behavioural voltage source, which includes multiple RC units to represent different time constants for trapping and detrapping effect from 100 ns to 100 s range. All the required parameters in the model can be obtained by fitting method using a datasheet or experimental characterisation results. The model is then implemented into our developed virtual prototyping software, where the device compact model is co-simulated with a parasitic inductance physical model to obtain the switching waveform. As model order reduction is applied in our software to resolve physical model, the device switching current and voltage waveform can be obtained in the range of minutes. By comparison with experimental measurements, the model is validated to accurately represent device switching transients as well as their spectrum in frequency domain until 100 MHz. In terms of dynamic RDSon value, the mismatch between the model and experimental results is within 10% under different power converter operation conditions in terms of switching frequencies and duty cycles, so designers can use this model to accurately obtain GaN-HEMT power losses due to trapping and detrapping effects for power electronics converters.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2092
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Funding: This research was funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through research grant [EP/K035304/1 and EP/R004390/1] and French State Region Plan Contract Intelligent Integrated Energy Converter (CPER-CE2I) project.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

    Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


    • Compact model
    • Dynamic R
    • GaN-HEMT
    • Power electronics
    • Power losses
    • Simulation
    • Switching transients

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Fuel Technology
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
    • Energy (miscellaneous)
    • Control and Optimization
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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