A Relevant Inrush Current Limitation Based on SCRs’ Smart Control Used in EV Battery Chargers

S. Jacques, C. Reymond1, G. Benabdelaziz and J.-C. Le Bunetel



In this article, an active inrush current limiter based on the phase shift control of silicon controlled rectifiers (SCRs) is proposed. These SCRs are used in medium power AC-DC converters (up to 3.7 kW) for electric vehicle (EV) charging systems. The control strategy consists in adjusting the triggering delay of SCRs both to limit the peak value of inrush current spikes and accelerate the charge of the DC-link capacitor of the converter. A modeling of the AC-DC converter, based on mathematical calculations, is necessary to implement the control strategy of the SCRs. Experimental test results demonstrate the robustness of the method, and confirm the modeling results.

Published in: Renewable Energy & Power Quality Journal (RE&PQJ, Nº. 15)
Pages: 49-53 Date of Publication: 2017/04/25
ISSN: 2172-038X Date of Current Version:
REF: 214-17 Issue Date: April 2017
DOI:10.24084/repqj15.214 Publisher: EA4EPQ

Authors and affiliations

S. Jacques(1), C. Reymond(1,2), G. Benabdelaziz(2), and J.-C. Le Bunetel(1)
1. University of Tours (France), Research group on materials, microelectronics, acoustics, and nanotechnology
GREMAN CNRS UMR 7347. Tours (France)
2. Application and System Engineering, STMicroelectronics Tours SAS (France)

Key word

AC-DC power supply, medium power EV charger, SCR, phase shift control.


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