A simple ZVT auxiliary circuit for totem-pole bridgeless PFC rectifier

Ziwei Yu, Yinglai Xia, Raja Ayyanar

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The utilization of wide band gap devices has enabled high frequency operation of totem pole bridgeless PFC rectifier. However, most of the designs reported in the literature with frequency higher than 100 kHz operate under discontinuous conduction mode or critical mode to reduce the switching loss. This paper proposes a zero-voltage-transition (ZVT) technique for totem-pole PFC rectifier under continuous conduction mode operation which enables efficient operation at switching frequencies well above 100 kHz. A simple auxiliary circuit consisting of a small auxiliary inductor and two active switches is placed in parallel with the main input filter inductor to achieve zero-voltage-switching of the main switches. The auxiliary switches operate with zero-current-switching (ZCS) and conduct current as short resonant pulses only during the critical turn-on transition which results in very low losses in the auxiliary circuit. The timing of the auxiliary switches is adaptively controlled with respect to the grid voltage angle for optimized overall efficiency. The effectiveness of the proposed ZVT scheme has been validated through experiments based on a 2.4 kW 400 kHz hardware prototype with 98.35% peak efficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8613921
Pages (from-to)2868-2878
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2019


  • Bridgeless PFC rectifier
  • soft-switching
  • totem-pole PFC
  • zero-voltage-switching (ZVS)
  • zero-voltage-transition (ZVT)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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