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Experimental study of a soft-switched isolated bidirectional AC-DC converter without auxiliary circuit
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Electrical Machines and Power Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8565-4753
2006 (English)In: IEEE transactions on power electronics, ISSN 0885-8993, E-ISSN 1941-0107, Vol. 21, no 6, 1580-1587 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An isolated ac-dc converter topology includes a capacitively snubbered. voltage source converter (VSC) and a cycloconverter, coupled by a medium frequency transformer. The topology offers the possibility of bilateral power flow as well as three-level pulse width modulation on the ac side. It is shown that by alternately commutating the VSC and the cycloconverter it is possible to achieve either zero-voltage or zero-current switching conditions for all semiconductor devices in all points of operation. This is the case without any need for auxiliary semiconductor devices. At low load the transformer current may be insufficient for recharging the VSC snubber capacitors. In this case, however, it is possible to utilize the cycloconverter for providing a current path by which a quasi-resonant commutation can be made. The design and operation of a 40-kVA prototype converter system is described. It is shown how the rather complex switching logic required for implementing the chosen algorithm for commutation and modulation can be realized by using modern programmable logic devices [field programmable gate array (FPGA)]. Measurement results from the prototype converter are presented and analyzed. The measurements indicate that the,studied commutation algorithm works well in practice.

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2006. Vol. 21, no 6, 1580-1587 p.
Keyword [en]
field programmable gate array (FPGA), medium frequency (MF) transformer, voltage source converter (VSC)
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16123ISI: 000241965100008OAI: diva2:334165
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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