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Title: Failure modes and low temperature performance of DC/DC converters
Authors: Leon, Rosa
Keywords: DC/DC
failure analysis
low temperature performance
Issue Date: Dec-2009
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009
Series/Report no.: JPL Publication
Abstract: Several standard tests to evaluate key (direct current) DC/DC converter parameters were performed on different models of hybrid radiation-hard DC/DC converters. These tests were done to assess both performance and reliability during space applications that operate the converters at temperatures below the lower military range of -5°C. One of the converters failed near -110°C, but another DC/DC converter model started normally at temperatures as low as 140°C. The latter showed acceptable performance during turn-on, load transient, and synchronization tests even though some minor anomalies were observed. These results show good promise for its use in applications where the DC/DC converters will be operated at lower temperatures. An application circuit was also built and preliminary tests were performed on a commercial (low drop out) LDO type of DC to DC converter with adjustable output voltage. These can be used in point of load (POL) applications. This latter device functioned properly on the few tests that were performed; however, more testing is needed to identify potential issues with space use of this and similar devices.
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