EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics
University of Nottingham
  

Facilities

A parallel capital equipment fund has allowed the Centre institutions to expand their facilities with items ranging from SiC epitaxial growth equipment to an HVDC system emulator.

A full list of equipment can be found below:

Environmental chamber will external access for dynamic shaker
Details
Make/Model: Temperature Applied Sciences LT600
Location: University of Bristol
Use within centre: Assessing the robustness of wound components subjected to combined temperature and vibrational cycles

     

 
Dynamic shaker for above
Details
Make/Model: Data Physics (UK)
Location: University of Bristol
Use within centre: Assessing the robustness of wound components subjected to combined temperature and vibrational cycles

     

 
Single channel high bandwidth power analyser plus shunts
Details
Make/Model: Fluke NORMA P5000
Location: University of Bristol
Use within centre: Loss characterisation of wound components and variation with life

     

 
Impedance analyser for characterising capacitor and wound component parameters
Details
Make/Model: WAYNE KERR 65120B
Location: University of Bristol
Use within centre: Characterising wound components, broadband impedance measurement of off-the-shelf components and custom-built parts, and their variation over life

     

 
Time-gate CCD for reliability and failure analysis of power electronics
Details
Make/Model: Hamamatsu Photonics
Location: University of Bristol
Use within centre: To monitor degradation of power electronic diodes and transistors, as basis to develop failure of physics reliability

     

 
Power device parameter analyser
Details
Make/Model: Keithley 4200-SCS, 2x2651A, 2657A Keithley 4200 SCS
Location: University of Cambridge
Use within centre: Testing of on-state, breakdown characteristics and C-V measurements of power devices

 

 
Lab Scale MMC/AAC HVDC Converter
Details
Make/Model: Opal RT (three OP5600 RTDS with 2 cores, with over 300 input/output channels) connected to HVDC lab-scale power Opal RT 
Location: Imperial College, London
Use within centre: Control and Dynamics study of HVDC converters through a range of operating conditions including AC and DC faults.

 

 
Multi-module power and thermal cycling equipment
Details
Make/Model: Heating and cooling system (4kW cooler and 6 x 1.3 kW heaters) with valves, pipes, custom heat blocks (70) to allow themeral cycling of cells in HVDC converter
Location: Imperial College, London
Use within centre: Cooling of HVDC Converter to demonstrate operational management and control.

     

 
Ultrasonic Bonding Equipment (Manual)
Details
Make/Model: Telsonic M4000 Telsonic M4000
Location: University of Manchester
Use within centre: Manufacture of foil-wound components to support work in the components and converters themes

 

 
Impedance Analyser
Details
Make/Model: Agilent 4294 Agilent 4294
Location: University of Manchester
Use within centre: Precision measurement of wound component impedance to support research in the components and converters themes. Precision measurement of busbar and interconnect impedance to support converter modelling in the converters theme.

 

 
Two-quadrant DC supply / load (800 V, 64 kW)
Details
Make/Model: Regatron LAB-GSS 32-400 (x2)
Location: University of Manchester
Use within centre: Evaluation of prototype converter performance within the converters theme

     

 
Thermal Imaging Camera
Details
Make/Model: Flir SC7210 thermal camera + modules Flir SC7210 Thermal Imaging Camera
Location: Newcastle University
Use within centre: Thermal imaging of converters and machines to cross check thermal performance with simulation, identify hotspots and dignose thermal problems

     

 
High voltage coil surge tester and analyser
Details
Make/Model: Baker AWAIV-4kV Baker AWAIV 4kV
Location: Newcastle University
Use within centre: Testing the integrety of wound component electrical insulation on motors, inductors and other insulated parts of equipment

         

 
Thermal shock system
Details
Make/Model: ESPEC TSE-11A Thermal Shock Chamber
Location: Newcastle University
Use within centre: To test the reliability of assembled experimental apparatus through repeated accelrated thermal cycling

     

 
High performance power analyser
Details
Make/Model: Yokagawa DL850V ScopeCorder + modules DL850V ScopeCoder
Location: Newcastle University
Use within centre: High performance waveform analysis used in lab testing of full scale and miniature demonstrators

         

 
Multi-terminal MVDC evaluation and test facility
Details
Make/Model: GE Energy MV7000, ABB, Opal RT GE Energy MV7000
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Medium voltage dc network evaluation facility (5 kV and 3 MW total power). Has 3 reconfigurable interface ports for emulation of loads, sources and multi-terminal networks.

 

 
Ultrasonic scanning system for power semiconducters and assemblies
Details
Make/Model: PVA TePla AM300 PVA TePla AM300
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Detailed investigation of degradation mechanisms in power electronic components, for example interconnects in power modules

 

 
3D surface profilometer and optical interferometer
Details
Make/Model: Zeta Instruments Zeta-20 Zeta20 True Colour 3D Optical Profiler
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Characterisation of surfaces, for example power module assemblies

 

 
Nanoindentation System
Details
Make/Model: CSM Instruments NHT2 CSM NHT2 Nanoindention Tester
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Detailed investigations of material hardness, particularly in connection with microstructural/metallurgical changes in power electronic components and interconnects

 

 
Three Zone Thermal Shock Chamber 121 litres (air to air / -80 to 220 deg C)
Details
Make/Model: ESPEC TSA-72EL-A ESPEC TSA 72EL A
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Part of a suite of environmental test equipment available for reliability evaluation and qualification testing

 

 
Power Cycling Equipment (24 station system)
Details
Make/Model: Nottingham in-house build specialist facility for substate coupon evaluation. Independent temperature control of each channel.
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Part of a suite of environmental test equipment available for reliability evaluation and qualification testing

 

 
High-Resolution 3D X-ray Tomography Microscope System
Details
Make/Model: Zeiss Xradia VRM500 Zeiss Xradia Versa XRM500
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Detailed investigation of degradation mechanisms in power electronic components, for example interconnects in power modules

 

 
Temperature/Humidity Environmental Chamber 339 litres (-70 to 180 deg C / ≥ 10 deg C/min)
Details
Make/Model: ESPEC EGNX12-6CAL ESPEC EGNX12 6CAL
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Part of a suite of environmental test equipment available for reliability evaluation and qualification testing

     

 
Bench-top SEM
Details
Make/Model: Hitachi TM3000 Hitachi TM3000
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Detailed investigation of degradation mechanisms in power electronic components, for example interconnects in power modules

 

 
Die Bonder with high temperature (450 C) capability and sintering station
Details
Make/Model: BESI Datacon 2200 EVO
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Packaging and assembly of power modules and other components

 

 
Power cycling system
Details
Make/Model: MicReD 1500A Power Tester MicReD 1500A Power-Tester
Location: University of Nottingham
Use within centre: Part of a suite of environmental test equipment available for reliability evaluation and qualification testing. Performs power cycling tests with in-situ electrical and thermal impedance characterisation.

 

 
Silicon Carbide Epitaxy System
Details
Make/Model: AIXTRON SiC CVD reactor VP508, LPE SiC CVD reactor ACiS M8
Location: University of Warwick
Use within centre: Growth of Silicon Carbide epitaxial layers

 

 
 

EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics

Email: correspondence@powerelectronics.ac.uk