Abstract

A battery charger control system and method for maximizing output power to a battery. This is achieved by ensuring operation at either the maximum allowable input current or the thermal limit imposed by the battery charger using an on-line controller. In the invention, the thermal limit is determined by the junction temperatures of the two main IGBT's. Because direct measurement of these temperatures is impractical, they must be calculated by a computer algorithm that uses various on-line measurements. Test results for a 8 kW battery charger indicate reduction in the bulk charging time from conventional battery chargers of about 26% when charging a set of NiFe batteries.

Document Type

Patent

Primary Class

323/282

Secondary Class

307/64; 323/222; 323/271

Application Number

08/687810

Filing Date

July 1996

Patent Number

US5844399

Assignee(s)

The University of Toledo

Publication Date

12-1-1998

Patent Country

US

Language

en_US

Institution

The University of Toledo

Repository

University of Toledo Libraries

Digital Publisher

Digital Initiatives

Rights

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