Date of Award
Master of Engineering Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Lyndon Brown
esearches and studies have indicated that many of the welding quality issues are related to the weld schedule or power supply. During a weld, a certain amount of energy is lost which can be reduced to improve the efficiency of the power supply. This thesis presents a DC/DC buck converter power supply for small scale resistance spot welding (SSRSW), which can provide a testing platform for studies of different control modes, and at the end implement the results of the experiments and research done with this power supply.
In this thesis, a model of the small scale resistance spot welding power supply has been implemented. The power supply uses pulse width modulation technique with MOSFETs to convert the power of a 12V battery to the weld current up to 1000A. Various measurements of voltage and current were taken at the respective terminals to calculate the energy losses. Capacitances were added with gradually increased values and again measurements were taken to calculate and analyze the energy losses in presence of the capacitances based on their numerical values. It was noted that the energy losses were reduced appreciably by this technique. So, the efficiency of the converters can be improved.
Imtiaz, Muhammad, "ANALYZING EFFICIENCY OF SWITCH-MODE WELDING POWER SUPPLY" (2010). Digitized Theses. 3719.