I need help in learning derating analysis for a vienna rectifier circuit (may be anything). Do you guys suggest any material to do the derating analysis by hand for each component understanding the voltage current and power at each component.

Practical example based material wold be good so I can learn it quickly and apply to my circuits.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I googled "derating analysis" and all the first ten hits were relevant. Is there something peculiar about your circuit that may not be covered on the google top-ten? \$\endgroup\$
    – Andy aka
    Commented Apr 14, 2014 at 21:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ ya it gives them,but i need the whole set of formulas for inductor ic's connectors, capacitors, etc how to do we calculate the required parameters in the formula...so that we can determine whether a component is overstressed in a circuit... \$\endgroup\$
    – D_T
    Commented Apr 16, 2014 at 2:09

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The only de-rating analysis I've ever done is with using MIL-HDBK-217F. Here's a copy. It's getting a tad old now but still covers all the main parts you might use and each component is detailed and explained. It covers all the environmental scenarios from "ground, benign" thru "airborne", "space, flight", "missile launch" and finally the top one "canon launches".

De-rating can be done by inference from this document - it'll guide you how to calculate the expected failure rate of components used in a particular circuit configuration and then you have the option of de-rating that component to either a bigger component of two sharing the same load. Bridge rectifiers, as I remember are one of the more troublesome elements.

EDIT - simple example

For a wire-wound resistor you use section 9.1 of the document and it tells you that the basic reliability of the component is: -

\$\lambda_P = \lambda_b\cdot\pi_T\cdot\pi_P\cdot\pi_S\cdot\pi_Q\cdot\pi_E\$

Then if you look further down the page you can start to choose values that are appropriate for the circuit that component is used in. For instance, I've chosen these: -

  • \$\lambda_b = 0.0024\$
  • \$\pi_T = 1.5\$ (I've assumed it's at 70degC)
  • \$\pi_P = 1.0\$ (I've assumed it's a 1 watt resistor)
  • \$\pi_S = 1.5\$ (I've assumed it's running at 50% wattage)
  • \$\pi_Q = 1.0\$ (Category M supplier i.e. has an established reliability)
  • \$\pi_E = 1.0\$ (I've assumed the application is ground benign i.e. the least onerous application)

\$\lambda_P = 0.0054\$ - this means failure rate per million hours. And if your design has 100 resistors like this then the overall failure rate from the resistors in your design is 0.54 failures every million hours or a MTTF of 1.85 million hours.


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