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Accession Number ADA562492
Title Experimental Studies of Ageing in Electrolytic Capacitors.
Publication Date Oct 2010
Media Count 8p
Personal Author C. Kulkarni G. Biswas J. Celaya K. Goebel X. Koutsoukos
Abstract Understanding the ageing mechanisms of electronic components critical avionics systems such as the GPS and INAV are of critical importance. Electrolytic capacitors and MOSFET's have higher failure rates among the components of DC-DC power converter systems. Our current work focuses on analyzing and modeling electrolytic capacitor degradation and its effects on the output of DC-DC converter systems. The output degradation is typically measured by an increase in ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) and decrease in the capacitance value over long periods of use even under nominal operating conditions. Typically the primary effect of degradation is increased ripple current and this has adverse effects on downstream components. For example, in avionics systems where the power supply drives a GPS unit, ripple currents can cause glitches in the GPS position and velocity output, and this may cause errors in the Inertial Navigation (INAV) system, causing the aircraft to fly off course. In this paper, we present the details of our ageing methodology along with details of experiments and analysis of the results.
Keywords Dc to dc converters
Electrolytic capacitors
Global positioning system
Inertial navigation
Mosfet semiconductors

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 49 - Electrotechnology
51E - Avionics
Corporate Author Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN. Dept. of Electrical Engineering.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Conference paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number NNX07ADIZA

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