PSMA Magnetics Committee and IEEE PELS High Frequency Magnetics Workshop

Power Magnetics @ High Frequency
Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors
Date: Saturday March 3, 2018
San Antonio, Texas

IEEE PELS and the PSMA Magnetics Committee will hold the third “Power Magnetics @ High Frequency – Eliminating the Smoke and Mirrors” workshop on Saturday, March 3, 2017 -  the day before and in the same venue as APEC 2018 at the Henry Gonzales Convention Center. 


The target audience for this workshop is all who wish to achieve higher power densities, low profile aspect ratio, higher efficiencies, and improved thermal performance.  The workshop content is especially suitable for:

DESIGNERS of power magnetic components
MANUFACTURERS of magnetic materials and magnetic structures
FABRICATORS of magnetic components
PROVIDERS of modelling and simulation software
MANUFACTURERS of test and characterization equipment

Workshop attendees can arrive to the meeting room between 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM for a buffet style breakfast and informal discussions with their colleagues and peers. There will be an opportunity to preview the technology demonstrations during the breakfast session.

The workshop will consist of morning (core losses) and afternoon (fringing effects) technical lecture presentation sessions and a lunchtime interactive technology demonstration session. The two technical lecture presentation sessions will each be followed by a panel Q&A period. The technology demonstrations will also be available during the breakfast prior to the opening session and during the networking session at the end of the day’s events.

The morning technical session will feature a thirty-five minute keynote presentation and five twenty-five minute lecture style presentations concluding with a thirty minute panel Q&A session. There will be a five minute Q&A interaction after each lecture presentation. The tentative schedule for this session is as follows:

8:05 to 8:45. Dr. Charles Sullivan, Dartmouth will present a keynote presentation “Core Loss: What We Know and What We Don’t Know”
8:50 to 9:20. Stefan Ehrlich, Fraunhofer Institute, will present “Accuracy and Compensation Issues for AC Power Loss Measurements”
9:20 to 9:50. Marek Rylko, SMA Magnetics, will present “Magnetic Core Dimensional Effects – Flux Propagation in Ferrites”
9:50 to 10:10 Break
10:10 to 10:35 Ed Herbert, PSMA, will present “Generic Specification Sheets”
10:35 to 11:00 Byron Beddingfield, North Carolina State University, will present “Generic Test Methods Core Loss”
11:00 to 11:30 Ray Ridley, Ridley Engineering, will discuss “What’s Needed Going Forward”
11:30 to 12:00:  Panel Discussion:  Dr. Sullivan, Stefan Ehrlich, Marek Rylko, Ed Herbert, Byron Beddingfield and Ray Ridley will lead a panel discussion regarding issues associated with ac power loss measurements.  Everyone’s participation is encouraged.

The second session “Technology Demonstrations” will be coincident with lunch. This will be an interactive session of technology demonstrations and/or presentations each addressing specific technical disciplines and capabilities consistent with the workshop agenda. The individual technology demonstrations will repeat on fifteen minute intervals with a ten-minute presentation and a five minute QA during each interval. The workshop attendees are encouraged to move between the technology demonstrations on fifteen minute intervals so they can cover as many as possible during the session as well as to allow reasonably small groups for each technology demonstration session during each interval.

The technical capabilities and disciplines that will be demonstrated displayed during the technology demonstration session are as follows:

JC Sun, Bs&T:  AC Power Loss Measurements Under Square Wave Excitation
Bruce Carsten, Peak: Gapped Cores
Ray Ridley, Ridley Engineering: Spice Modelling of Winding Losses
Jenna Pollock: Fundamentals of L, R, |Z| Measurements
Tom Neville/Byron Beddingfield, Tektronix/NCSU:  Generic AC Power Loss Measurements
Chris Oliver, Micrometals:  Thermal vs Power Loss Limitations for powder Core Materials
Martin Gruebl/Doug Malcolm, Sumida:  DC Biased Chokes for High Frequency Applications
Marcin Kacki, SMA Magnetics: Drilled Core Measurements, Electrical Impedance of Ferrites
Chuck Wild, Dexter Magnetics:  Magnetic Supplier Technology Roadmaps.  

EPCOS, a TDK Group Company: Dr. Sadhab Ganda, Philipp Laurer

Fair Rite: John Lynch

Magnetics; Bradley Van Fleet

Rubadue: Kyle Jensen

The third technical session will feature twenty-five minute keynote presentation and four twenty minute lecture style presentations concluding with a twenty-five minute panel Q&A session. Each presenter will speak for thirty minutes followed by ten minutes for Q&A. There will be a five minute Q&A interaction after each lecture presentation. The tentative schedule for this session is as follows:

2:00 to 2:30. Dr. Charles Sullivan, Dartmouth will present a keynote overview of ac power loss measurements and modelling 
2:35 to 3;00. Dr Johann Kolar, ETH, will present “Fringing Flux Associated with Cut Cores”
3:00 to 3:25. Michael Baumann, Sumida, will present “A Simple Analytical Model to Calculate Air Gap Induced Eddy Current Losses in Inductive Components”
3:25 to 3:45 Break
3:45 to 4:10. Michael Seeman, Eta One Power, will present Impact of Fringing Effects on Design of DC-DC Converters”
4:10 to 4:35. George Slama, Wurth Elektronik, will present near Magnetic Field Considerations for EMI Design”
4:35 to 5:00:  Panel Discussion: Dr. Charles Sullivan, Dr. Johann Kolar, Michael Baumann, Michael Seeman and George Slama will address topics of interest from the workshop attendees.  Everyone’s participation is encouraged.

Following the third technical session there will be a networking hour. Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvre will be served from 5:00 to 6:00. There will be additional opportunity to visit with the technology demonstration stations during this session.

The registration fee for the workshop is $325 per participant reducing to $225 for PSMA members, IEEE PELS members and students from an accredited university. After February 1, registration fee increases to $375 reduced to $275 for members and students. the Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the workshop. Electronic copies of all presentations will be made available to the workshop participants via a password protected website. 

The latest information on agenda as well as registration information for the workshop will continue to be available on the PSMA website at:

Organizing Committee 
Khurram Afridi, University of Colorado Boulder
Ali Bazzi, University of Connecticut
Steve Carlsen, Raytheon Systems Company
Ed Herbert , PSMA
Laili Wang, Xi’an Jiaotong University
Rodney Rogers, Allstar Magnetics
Fred Weber, Future Technology Worldwide
Chuck Wild, Dexter Magnetic Technologies Inc.

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