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Warwick University Commissions Fast Rate ESPEC Test Chamber


Unitemp chamber will support research and development in Wide-Bandgap semiconductor technologies

Power Electronics Applications and Technology in Energy Research at Warwick university have installed and commissioned a new ESPEC ARS060680 fast rate environmental test chamber from Unitemp Ltd.

The Power electronics team (PEATER) in the School of Engineering at Warwick is led by Phil Mawby. The new chamber is part of a suite of equipment funded through Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) as part of its main centres of expertise initiative. The chamber will support state of the art research and development in Wide-Bandgap semiconductor technologies under the area of Power Electronics Machines and Drives (PEMD). This tranche of equipment augments a well-established cleanroom for dice processing as well as an epitaxy capability for SiC.

The new ARS 060680 ultra-fast rate environmental stress chamber has a temperature and humidity range of +10 to +95degC/10 to 98 %rh with a refresh rate of 15K/min. It will be used to stress the semiconductors and Invertors specifically for automotive applications.

Mawby commented “We wanted a chamber that provided us with maximum flexibility, allowing us to undertake a multitude of tests including high and low temperature storage, thermal cycling and temperature and humidity stress testing.”

The emphasis at PEATER is to develop a facility for reliability and testing of assemble power devices, modules and assemblies. Industry already has access to these facilities and PEATER are providing both the expertise and facilities to evaluate new ideas, assemblies, and integrations for use in the fast-growing automotive sector.

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