2022 PSMA/PELS Capacitor Workshop: How Materials and Environmental Effects Influence Capacitor Performance

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
Location: George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM         Registration, Technical Demonstrations and Breakfast 

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM         Introduction, Opening Remarks 

8:05 AM - 8:50 AM         Keynote: Capacitors for the Next Decade - materials, reliability and sustainability/life assessment; Tomas Zednicek, EPCI - European Passive Components Institute

8:50 AM - 9:40 AM   Technical Session - Materials

  • Academic Research on Capacitor Materials; Dr William Greenbank, Centre for Industrial Electronics (CIE), University of Southern Denmark
  • MLCC - Differences for Class 1/Class 2 with a Special Look at the Terminations NME/BME; Frank Puhane, Wurth Elektronik
  • Panel Q&A (Zednicek, Greenbank, Puhane)

9:40 AM - 10:00 AM       Break

10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon   Technical Session - Materials & Technologies 

  • Aluminum Electrolytic - Lytics, water based and others; Stephan Menzel, CapXon Europe
  • Bulk Capacitor Technologies: High CV Ceramic, Tantalum (MnO2, Polymer, Wet types), Aluminum Electrolytic (Wet, Polymer, Hybrid types) and Super Caps; Daniel West/ Ron Demcko, KYOCERA - AVX
  • Tantalum Capacitors; Cristina Mota Caetano, KEMET Electronics Corporation
  • Supercapacitor Applications for Renewable Energy Systems and DC Microgrids; Nihal Kularatna, University of Waikato
  • Panel Q&A (Menzel, West, Demcko, Mota Caetano, Kularatna)

12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM   Technology Demonstration Session 

  • Performance Measurements of MLCC Under Real Conditions; Wurth Elektronik
  • Supercapacitor Backup Solution for Mid Power Applications; Wurth Elektronik
  • High-Q SMD Measurements of Various 0805 Components and DC Link Capacitor ESR and ESL Measurements; Zurich Instruments
  • LCR Bridge Measurements with Different Capacitor Technologies; Rohde & Schwarz
  • CapXon Europe

2:00 PM - 3:40 PM       Technical Session - Environmental Influences on Capacitors

  • How Capacitors Behave Unver Extreme Temperatures; Frank Puhane, Wurth Elektronik
  • Rating MLCCs for AC Applications; John Bultitude, KEMET Electronics Corporation
  • Packaging MLCCs for Higher AC Voltage Applications: Future Developments; Douglas Hopkins, North Carolina State University
  • How Capacitors Behave Under High Humidity; Philip Lessner; KEMET Electronics Corporation
  • Panel Q&A (Puhane, Bultitude, Hopkins, Lessner)

3:40PM - 4:00 PM       Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM     Technical Session - Measurements

  • Charcterization of the ESR and ESL of a DC Link Capacitor; Ronald Alexander, Zurich Instruments
  • How Capacitors are Being Qualified and How to Interpret the Datasheet Values; Jon Izkue-Rodriguez, Würth Elektronik
  • Aging and Incircuit Characterization of an Aluminum Electrolytic Capacitor; Marcus Sonst, Rohde & Schwarz

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM     Networking Hour

  • Technology Demonstrations
  • Magnetics/ Capacitor Rap SessionModerator - Alexander Gerfer, Wurth Elektronik