Availability Modeling in Power Converters Considering Components Aging

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Power electronic converters are increasingly used in power sys-tems. However, they are vulnerable components and prone to aging failures, thus affecting overall system reliability. Therefore, their availability modeling especially in large-scale power electron-ic-based power systems is of paramount importance. This letter introduces four different approaches for converter availability modeling considering aging failures under different maintenance strategies. The accuracy and calculation burden of these ap-proaches are illustrated by numerical analysis. It is shown that the method of device of stages and piece-wise approach are the most applicable methods in the case of corrective and preventive maintenance strategies respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9173721
JournalI E E E Transactions on Energy Conversion
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1981-1984
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • Reliability
  • Availability
  • Wear-out failure
  • chance failure
  • Maintenance
  • Markov chain model
  • Semi-markov process
  • Piece-wise approach
  • stepwise approach

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