# Thread: Help needed with power losses calculation of a MOSFET's diode

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## Help needed with power losses calculation of a MOSFET's diode

Hello everyone, I'm currently trying to find out how much power will be lost during reverse recovery of a MOSFET's diode
( The effect of diode recovery http://www.apogeeweb.net/article/66.html).
I'm using this paper for reference,
https://www.fairchildsemi.com/applic...AN/AN-6005.pdf
the equation they end up with is
P= Qrr*Vin*Freq_sw
the problem is, for my application this gives an enormous number with the MOSFET I'm using.
I have: Qrr = 1.9uC Vin = 380V Freq_sw = 100,000Hz which gives us a total power loss of 72.2W.
My question is, does this seem right?
I can't believe that almost 100 watts will be lost in just the reverse recovery process...
My design output voltage is 300V using PWM. I figured I MIGHT have to multiply by the duty cycle (reverse recovery time * (frequency)) and this gives a much more reasonable answer, but I'm not sure if this is the correct way to go about it.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

2. Last edited by ashiekh; 02-24-2018 at 06:48 PM.

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That is very helpful, thanks friend.

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This looks right if you use a normal diode.
You must use a FR diode, then your power loss will remain in the acceptable range