Passive Lossless Snubber for PFC AC–DC Converters

Bodur H., Yeşilyurt H., Akboy E.

ELECTRICA, vol.20, no.1, pp.97-106, 2020 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/electrica.2020.19091
  • Journal Name: ELECTRICA
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-106
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, an improved passive lossless snubber cell for the non-isolated pulse-width modulation direct-current (DC)–DC converter family is proposed. The proposed snubber cell provides soft switching for all semiconductor power devices in the converter under wide-input voltage–current and output load ranges. Detailed theoretical analysis is carried out and verified with the implementation of a continuous conduction mode power-factor correction boost converter having 220-  input, 400-  output, 50-kHz switching frequency, and 1-kW output power. The overall efficiency of the proposed converter at full load increased from 85% in hard-switching conditions to 97.5%, thanks to the proposed lossless passive snubber cell. The application of the proposed snubber cell to other DC–DC converters is also presented.