# MOSFET AND IGBT fail in pwm speed control for 260VDC 2200W universal motor

#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
hi all i am new here , i was working the past 2 weeks to make PWM for an existing 240VAC 2200W but i will run it on DC 260V instead from 20 12V batteries for and electric car project i am working on i did try this circuit
DPRG: A Simple PWM Circuit Based on the 555 Timer
with 555 timer but i changed the MOSFET to W26NM60N 26 amps 600V and IRFP460 20 amps 500V both run a small 12v 1A motor good but when trying the 2200w it fail after about 5 s when i try to increase the speed D and S go short circuit and sometimes g and d and s,
the next step i did is searching for MOSFET driver i did find several and try this one
http://www.sampson-jeff.com/tcrobowar/motor1/ver1.htm
(last circuit in the page)
and i connect a p mosfet to drive and IGBT GT80J101 80A 1kV which btw cost much
i did run the small motor but fail at the same way with the other
failed component didn't even get warm before failing
only once i try connecting 3 parallel IRFP460 and using first circuit it did run for a while all 3 were hot and in the second try only one get warm and fail
i did find this article very useful but it didnt solve my problem and i did connect fast diodes throw the motor terminals and throw D and S for safety reasons
all my trials has been stopped now i didn't know what to do and i have a deadline to finish the project before the end of this month
so help will be appreciated
thanks

#### praondevou

Joined Jul 9, 2011
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first thing: please post your schematic and, more importantly, pictures of your layout and/or pcb, especially the driver and power switch section.

do you have an oscilloscope?

#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
i dont have oscilloscope
this one is the 555 circuit

this one is the driver circuit

values are

Reference Value Description
R1 10K 1/4W
R2 10K 1/4W
R3 470 1/2W
R4 10K 1/4W
D1 1NT4742A 12V 1W Zener
D2 ? 16A ?V Fast Recovery
Q1 MTH40N10 40A 100V MOSFET
Q2 2N3906 Small signal transistor
Q3 2N3904 Small signal transistor

here first the 555timer circuit

then the driver circuit

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#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
the motor

the IGBT

#### JDT

Joined Feb 12, 2009
657
The MOSFET is failing because it is not being properly driven. The gate capacitance is being charged through the 10k resistor as the DIS terminal of the 555 only pulls down.

This results in a very slow turn-on time for the MOSFET. The 2200W motor is almost a short-circuit when stalled. A high current and high voltage simultaneously in the MOSFET destroys the device.

A proper gate driver must be used. See:-

#### #12

Joined Nov 30, 2010
18,210
You should also have a resistance between Q and the pot so it never gets to zero resistance in either direction.

edit: Sorry. Wrong thinking.

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Joined Dec 26, 2010
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I would also say that trialling this sort of thing on a solder-less breadboard is extremely hazardous. Any momentary loss of contact could result in something blowing up. To make matters worse, the layout in your picture is particularly untidy, with long bare leads which could easily short together.

Doing this work without access to an oscilloscope also seems very difficult. To me, this is like trying to work on a car engine in a darkroom.

I admire the spirit of people who try to do difficult things with limited resources, but some things are simply too hard to do without a minimum level of equipment and knowledge.

There is also the matter of personal safety, as you are dealing with lethal voltages. I would strongly advise you to improve the physical layout of your system before going any further.

#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
The MOSFET is failing because it is not being properly driven. The gate capacitance is being charged through the 10k resistor as the DIS terminal of the 555 only pulls down.

This results in a very slow turn-on time for the MOSFET. The 2200W motor is almost a short-circuit when stalled. A high current and high voltage simultaneously in the MOSFET destroys the device.

A proper gate driver must be used. See:-

my last try as i said before was using a p mosfet as a driver for n igbt for the same reason to decrease the switching time the p mosfet shown in the attachment
second the motor is start at low speed with no problem then while increasing the speed it fail

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#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
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I would also say that trialling this sort of thing on a solder-less breadboard is extremely hazardous. Any momentary loss of contact could result in something blowing up. To make matters worse, the layout in your picture is particularly untidy, with long bare leads which could easily short together.

Doing this work without access to an oscilloscope also seems very difficult. To me, this is like trying to work on a car engine in a darkroom.

I admire the spirit of people who try to do difficult things with limited resources, but some things are simply too hard to do without a minimum level of equipment and knowledge.

There is also the matter of personal safety, as you are dealing with lethal voltages. I would strongly advise you to improve the physical layout of your system before going any further.
Totally agree with you , but i am takin extreme care when working with the HVDC btw all voltage in the bread board are 12v only and the mosfet is fixed @ pcb alone

#### praondevou

Joined Jul 9, 2011
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I agree with everything above:

1. Use a dedicated Mosfet/IGBT driver IC with the appropriate gate resistor
3. Start with less load, increase slowly the load, for example with resistive load bank (incandescent light bulbs or resistors, but consider that cold lamps have a lower resistance than you would think)
4. Gate return wires and power wires should not be the same, see attachment , leads to gate driver should be short

5. Get yourself an oscilloscope

The Mosfets die either because of overcurrent (overheating) or overvoltage (voltage spikes). First you have to find out which one is it to be able to find a remedy.

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#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
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You should also have a resistance between Q and the pot so it never gets to zero resistance in either direction.
i dont understand why should not the resistance go to zero what is the problem in this?!

#### strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
5,369
my last try as i said before was using a p mosfet as a driver for n igbt for the same reason to decrease the switching time the p mosfet shown in the attachment
second the motor is start at low speed with no problem then while increasing the speed it fail
Using a 555 to drive a mosfet to drive an IGBT to drive a motor is going to give you the same problem as using a 555 to drive a mosfet to drive a motor. You need a MOSFET DRIVER. Think of the mosfet gate like a capacitor. Before the mosfet will switch on, that capacitance has to be charged up. The time it takes to go from open to closed will be dependent on the RC time constant of the gate resistor and the gate capacitance. You want to go from open to closed and vise versa as fast as possible to minimize losses. This means that you want your gate resistor to be as small as possible (10K is WAY too high) and you want as much current as possible to rush into the gate and charge up that capacitance. look at true mosfet driver ICs; they have charge pumps inside that will be able to dump a lot of current into your gate.

*why did you specify 3-18V? your MOSFET won't turn on at all without at least 4V. the max is 20V and most manufacturers application notes agree that no appreciable gain is achieved by using gate drive voltages above 10V. Most common applications I have seen use 12V drive.

#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
Using a 555 to drive a mosfet to drive an IGBT to drive a motor is going to give you the same problem as using a 555 to drive a mosfet to drive a motor. You need a MOSFET DRIVER. Think of the mosfet gate like a capacitor. Before the mosfet will switch on, that capacitance has to be charged up. The time it takes to go from open to closed will be dependent on the RC time constant of the gate resistor and the gate capacitance. You want to go from open to closed and vise versa as fast as possible to minimize losses. This means that you want your gate resistor to be as small as possible (10K is WAY too high) and you want as much current as possible to rush into the gate and charge up that capacitance. look at true mosfet driver ICs; they have charge pumps inside that will be able to dump a lot of current into your gate.

*why did you specify 3-18V? your MOSFET won't turn on at all without at least 4V. the max is 20V and most manufacturers application notes agree that no appreciable gain is achieved by using gate drive voltages above 10V. Most common applications I have seen use 12V drive.
in the beginning i was using only the 555 then and after some readings i realize what you are saying then i searched for mosfet drivers i did found 3 only one did work

it gives 28mA
the other one that didn't work at all is this one

it can give according to my calculation 2A maybe there are a component failure do you think it is a good one?

#### strantor

Joined Oct 3, 2010
5,369
When I say DRIVER, I am referring to a Driver IC, not a circuit. So far I am only an armchair expert; I have never used a driver IC so I cannot recommend one from personal experience. I have been recommended by a guy with a lot of motor control experience to use the IR2113S. I am looking at that, and also these two for my motor controller: FAN3122 (http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/FA/FAN3121C.pdf). It claims 7A peak output from the IC itself. And the IXD 630(http://www.clare.com/home/pdfs.nsf/0/6AC7CC624179BDA185257873005D6BE4/$file/IXD_630.pdf). Which claims 30A output. I need these big drivers because my huge MOSFET has a gate charge of 2750nC. you could get away with something a lot less robust (cheaper). have a look at these: http://www.mouser.com/Semiconductor...r-ICs/_/N-6j773?Keyword=mosfet+driver&FS=True There are tons to choose from with different options. #### crutschow Joined Mar 14, 2008 25,686 As noted you need a high current push-pull type driver to rapidly charge and discharge the gate capacitance of the power MOSFET and minimize power dissipation in the MOSFET. Trying to build such a circuit without an oscilloscope to troubleshoot and test it will likely lead to continuing failures. Please find some way to obtain one. You are flying blind otherwise. #### strantor Joined Oct 3, 2010 5,369 As noted you need a high current push-pull type driver to rapidly charge and discharge the gate capacitance of the power MOSFET and minimize power dissipation in the MOSFET. Trying to build such a circuit without an oscilloscope to troubleshoot and test it will likely lead to continuing failures. Please find some way to obtain one. You are flying blind otherwise. +1 I see you are making a traction motor out of a recycled angle grinder so I assume your budget is small to nil, but there are cheap (I would say "affordable", but that's relative) o-scopes out there. google 'DSO nano'. I have never used one, but read favorable reviews about them. I picked up a used military surplus tektronix o-scope on ebay for <200$ (with calibration and warranty) and I consider it a great investment. If you choose to buy a more expensive used good brand (tektronix) vise a cheaper new limited functionality (DSO nano) o-scope you can have the confidence that you are using a real precision instrument and you will be able to use it indefinately. You only need to buy it once, and it will last. Buy cheap, and you end up buying multiple times, either due to failure or outgrowing it's capabilities. I learned this with multimeters; I went through about 5 cheap meters before I finally dug deep in my pockets for a used Fluke meter. If I had just bought the fluke first, I could have saved myself about 300$Thread Starter #### kandilx Joined Oct 21, 2011 69 When I say DRIVER, I am referring to a Driver IC, not a circuit. So far I am only an armchair expert; I have never used a driver IC so I cannot recommend one from personal experience. I have been recommended by a guy with a lot of motor control experience to use the IR2113S. I am looking at that, and also these two for my motor controller: FAN3122 (http://www.fairchildsemi.com/ds/FA/FAN3121C.pdf). It claims 7A peak output from the IC itself. And the IXD 630(http://www.clare.com/home/pdfs.nsf/0/6AC7CC624179BDA185257873005D6BE4/$file/IXD_630.pdf). Which claims 30A output. I need these big drivers because my huge MOSFET has a gate charge of 2750nC. you could get away with something a lot less robust (cheaper). have a look at these:
http://www.mouser.com/Semiconductor...r-ICs/_/N-6j773?Keyword=mosfet+driver&FS=True

There are tons to choose from with different options.
the problem i face here in egypt is that not all ic's are available at the local market , to get the mosfet itself i first go to the stores and ask what type of mosfet do you have then i read the datasheet for every one to select the best for my application
doing things this way is hard and wastes alot of time
considering the driver only one store in egypt post his product online and i did found only 2 driver IR2110 "High & Low Side MOSFET Driver"
and IR2112 "High & Low Side MOSFET Driver"
i am not sure if one of these will work but i will try to buy ir2110 because it seems to be better tomorrow and see

#### kandilx

Joined Oct 21, 2011
69
+1
I see you are making a traction motor out of a recycled angle grinder so I assume your budget is small to nil, but there are cheap (I would say "affordable", but that's relative) o-scopes out there. google 'DSO nano'. I have never used one, but read favorable reviews about them. I picked up a used military surplus tektronix o-scope on ebay for <200$(with calibration and warranty) and I consider it a great investment. If you choose to buy a more expensive used good brand (tektronix) vise a cheaper new limited functionality (DSO nano) o-scope you can have the confidence that you are using a real precision instrument and you will be able to use it indefinately. You only need to buy it once, and it will last. Buy cheap, and you end up buying multiple times, either due to failure or outgrowing it's capabilities. I learned this with multimeters; I went through about 5 cheap meters before I finally dug deep in my pockets for a used Fluke meter. If I had just bought the fluke first, I could have saved myself about 300$
i did consider buying an o-scope but this to me was the last solution but then i will have to buy it from egypt because shipping and so takes 10 to 15 days :S
and btw i am using the angle grinder motor instead of a DC shunt or series motor because this motor is available and with low prices from 25$to 200$ istead of 1700\$ for a dc motor so the the idea of my project is to introduce a new way with less cost and available material and components and easily to manufacture

#### praondevou

Joined Jul 9, 2011
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The IR2110 is not a bad option. If you want to use it you may have a read through section 6 and 7 of THIS application note, that tells you something about layout and gate drive boost.

The IR2110 also has a shutdown pin that could be used to stop the gate pulses in case of an overcurrent.... Needs some circuitry to detect the overcurrent of course...