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  • 1.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Kjellqvist, Tommy
    Elekt Konsult AB, Kraftelektronik, Sweden.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    High-voltage DC-feeder solution for electric railways2012Ingår i: IET Power Electronics, ISSN 1755-4535, E-ISSN 1755-4543, Vol. 5, nr 9, s. 1776-1784Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    For AC railway power supply systems with a different frequency than the public grid, high-voltage AC transmission lines are common, connected to the catenary by transformers. This study suggests an alternative design based on an high-voltage DC (HVDC)-feeder, which is connected to the catenary by converters. Such an HVDC line would also be appropriate for DC-fed railways and AC-fed railways working at a public-grid frequency. The converter stations between the public grid and the HVDCfeeder can be sparsely distributed, not denser than on 100 km distances, whereas the converters connecting the HVDC-feeder to the catenary are distributed denser. Their ratings can be lower than present-day substation transformers or converters, since the power flows can be fully controlled. Despite a relatively low-power rating, the proposed converters can be highly efficient because of the use of medium frequency technology. The proposed feeding system results in lower material usage, lower losses and higher controllability compared with the present solutions. Simulations of the proposed solution show clear advantages regarding transmission losses and voltages compared with conventional systems, especially for cases with weak feeding, and when there are substantial amounts of regeneration from the trains.

  • 2.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Kjellqvist, Tommy
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    HVDC Feeder Solution for Electric Railways2012Ingår i: IET Power Electronics, ISSN 1755-4535, E-ISSN 1755-4543Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The railway power supply systems in many sparsely populated countries are relatively weak. Weak railway power supply systems causes problems with power quality, voltage drops, and high transmission losses.

    For AC railway power supply systems with a different frequency than the public grid, high-voltage AC (HVAC) transmission lines are common, connected to the catenary by transformers.

    In this paper an alternative design based on an HVDC feeder is suggested. The HVDC feeder is connected to the catenary by converters. Such an HVDC line would also be appropriate for DC-fed railways and AC-fed railways working at public frequency. The converter stations between the public grid and the HVDC feeder can be sparsely distributed, in the range of 100 km or more, whereas the converters connecting the HVDC feeder to the catenary are distributed with a much closer spacing. Their ratings can be lower than substation transformers or electro-mechanical converters, since the power flow can be fully controlled.

    Despite a relatively low power rating, the proposed converters can be highly efficient due to the use of medium frequency technology. The HVDC-based feeding system results in lower material usage, lower losses and higher controllability compared to present solutions.

    Simulations of the proposed solution show clear advantages regarding transmission losses and voltages compared to conventional systems, especially for cases with long distances between feeding points to the catenary, and when there are substantial amounts of regeneration from the trains.

  • 3.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Schütte, Thorsten
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Use of converters for feeding of AC railways for all frequencies2012Ingår i: Energy for Sustainable Development, ISSN 0973-0826, Vol. 16, nr 3, s. 368-378Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Railways are the most energy-efficient land-based mode of transport, and electrification is the most energy-efficient way to power the trains. There are many existing solutions to supply the trains with electricity. Regardless of which particular technology is chosen, it is beneficial to interconnect the public power grids to grids supplying power to the railways. This paper shows that the most efficient, flexible, and gentle-for-the-public-grid way of doing that is through power electronic-based power converters. Converters offer great benefits regardless of whether the overhead contact lines are of DC-type or AC type, and regardless of the AC grid frequency. This paper presents neither new theory nor new experimental results. Based on already available information, this paper presents logical arguments leading to this conclusion from collected facts. Over time what used to be advanced and high-cost equipment earlier can nowadays be purchased at reasonable cost. It is obvious that for most electrically-fed railways, the use of modern power converters is attractive. Where the individual trains are high consumers of energy, the railway gradients are substantial, and the public grids feeding the railway are weak, the use of converters would be technically desirable, if not necessary for electrification.It is expected that more high-speed railways will be built, and more existing railways will be electrified in the foreseeable future. This paper could provide some insights to infrastructure owners and decision makers in railway administrations about value additions that converter-fed electric railways would provide.

  • 4.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Skogberg, Ronny
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Lagos, Mario
    Söder, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Identifying electrically infeasible traffic scenarios on the iron ore line: Applied on the present-day system, converter station outages, and optimal locomotive reactive power strategies2015Ingår i: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME JOINT RAIL CONFERENCE, 2015, AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS , 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the main findings of a Master's Thesis project carried out in cooperation between Transrail and Royal Institute of Technology (KTH). The main objective was to create a plugin for checking the electric power system feasibility of a train traffic plan with an associated driving strategy created by TRAINS a Transrail software product. Secondary aims with the project was to study power system feasibilities during converter station outages, and to which extent optimal operation of the locomotive converters' reactive power assure power system feasibilities. In the developed optimal reactive power strategies, the main priority was to fulfill the desired traffic plans, whereas the secondary priority was to minimize railway power system power consumption. The case studies are applied on representative traffic scenarios and power system models representing the northern part of the Iron Ore line in Northern Sweden. The focus of the study is set on the IORE locomotives and the iron ore trains they haul. The optimized locomotive reactive power regards IORE, so also the investigated power system feasibilities of the traffic plans.

  • 5.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Optimizing the power flows in a railway power supply system FED by rotary converters2015Ingår i: PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME JOINT RAIL CONFERENCE, 2015, AMER SOC MECHANICAL ENGINEERS , 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This study focuses on optimizing the operation of rotary railway-feeding converters. Since a large share of rotary converters can be expected to be in operation for decades to come in the railway power supply systems (RPSSs), it is important to make their operation as efficient as possible. The existing rotary converters may have unused capabilities particularly in load sharing, but also to some extent in reactive power compensation. Load-sharing improvement can be done in two steps; (1) coarsely by unit commitment within a converter station, (2) fine-tuned by controlling the terminal voltage of the converter station on the railway-side. The proposed optimization models minimize RPSS losses, including losses in the converters. The models are implemented and solved in the GAMS environment. The case studies are applied on Sweden-inspired RPSS designs and configurations, and the train load situations are varied. Ideas and experiences regarding improved computational efficiency for solving the problems are discussed.

  • 6.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Schütte, Thorsten
    Söder, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    An electromechanical moving load fixed node position and fixed node number railway power supply systems optimization model2013Ingår i: Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, ISSN 0968-090X, E-ISSN 1879-2359, Vol. 30, s. 23-40Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents an optimization model for simulations of railway power supply systems. It includes detailed power systems modeling, train movements in discretized time considering running resistance and other mechanical constraints, and the voltage-drop-induced reduction of possible train tractive forces. The model has a fixed number of stationary power system nodes, which alleviates optimized operation overtime. The proposed model uses SOS2 (Special Ordered Sets of type 2) variables to distribute the train loads to the two most adjacent power system nodes available. The impacts of the number of power system nodes along the contact line and the discretized time step length on model accuracy and computation times are investigated. The program is implemented in GAMS. Experiences from various solver choices are also discussed. The train traveling times are minimized in the example. Other studies could e.g. consider energy consumption minimization. The numerical example is representative for a Swedish decentralized, rotary-converter fed railway power supply system. The proposed concept is however generalizable and could be applied for all kinds of moving load power system studies.

  • 7.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Söder, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    HVDC feeding with OPF and unit commitment for electric railways2012Ingår i: Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway and Ship Propulsion (ESARS), 2012, IEEE , 2012, s. 6387481-Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper a railway power system design based on an HVDC feeder is suggested. The converter stations between the public grid and the HVDC feeder can be sparsely distributed, in the range of 100 km or more, whereas the converters connecting the HVDC feeder to the catenary are distributed with a much closer spacing. The ratings of the catenary-connected ones can be lower than substation transformers or rotary converters, since the power conversion can be fully controlled. Simulations of the proposed solution show clear advantages regarding transmission losses and voltages compared to conventional systems, especially for cases with long catenary sections, and when there are substantial shares of regeneration from the trains.

  • 8.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Tidigare Institutioner, Elkraftteknik.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Söder, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Optimal PowerFlow (OPF) Model with Unified AC-DC Load Flow and Optimal Commitmentfor an AC-catenary Railway Power Supply System (RPSS) fed by aHigh Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission lineManuskript (preprint) (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper an alternative railway power systems design based on an HVDC feeder is studied. The HVDC feeder is connected to the catenary by converters. Such an HVDC line is also appropriate for DC-fed railways and AC-fed railways working at public frequency.

    A unit commitment optimal power flow model has been developed and is applied on a test system. In this paper, the model is presented in detail. The model, in the form of an MINLP program, uses unified AC-DC power flow to minimize the entire railway power system losses.

    Simulations of the proposed solution show clear advantages regarding transmission losses and voltages compared to conventional systems, especially for cases with long distances between feeding points to the catenary, and when there are substantial amounts of regeneration from the trains.

  • 9.
    Abrahamsson, Lars
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Söder, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Optimal PowerFlow (OPF) Model with Unified AC-DC Load Flow and Optimal Commitmentfor an AC-catenary Railway Power Supply System (RPSS) fed by aHigh Voltage DC (HVDC) transmission line2012Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper an alternative railway power systems design based on an HVDC feeder is studied. The HVDC feeder is connected to the catenary by converters. Such an HVDC line is also appropriate for DC-fed railways and AC-fed railways working at public frequency. A unit commitment optimal power flow model has been developed and is applied on a test system. In this paper, the model is presented in detail. The model, in the form of an MINLP program, uses unified AC-DC power flow to minimize the entire railway power system losses. Simulations of the proposed solution show clear advantages regarding transmission losses and voltages compared to conventional systems, especially for cases with long distances between feeding points to the catenary, and when there are substantial amounts of regeneration from the trains.

  • 10.
    Acquaviva, Alessandro
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Analytical Modeling of Iron Lossesfor a PM Traction Machine2012Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (yrkesexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    Permanent magnet (PM) machines offer several advantages in traction applications such as high efficiencyand high torque per volume ratio. The iron losses in these machines are estimated mostly with empiricallaws taken from other types of machines or with finite element simulations (FEM). In the first part of thisthesis the objective is to define an accurate analytical model for the stator yoke, teeth and rotor of a PMmotor which should work well enough for all operating point (different loads and frequency).This analytical model is found using an iterative process. After building a loss matrix and flux matrix basedon FEM simulations, it is possible to curve fit each of the lines or the rows of the matrix in order to achievethe best fitting for every operating point. This is a very new approach; it was shown that it gives thepossibility, even with a very limited number of FEM simulations, to achieve an accurate estimation of thelosses.The second part of this report focuses on optimizing this analytical method, comparing it with otherpossibilities, analyzing limits and advantages. Special attention is also given to the effects of the losses onthe temperatures in different parts of the machine. In the last part of the thesis, the analytical model isused to test a new control strategy. Its goal is to reduce the total losses of the motor and optimize the ratiobetween torque and total losses for a given driving cycle.

  • 11.
    Ahmad Khan, Naveed
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Power Loss Modeling of Isolated AC/DC Converter2012Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    Several research activities at KTH are carried out related to Isolated AC/DC converters in order to improve the design and efficiency. Concerning the improvement in the mentioned constraints, losses of the elements in the prototype converter are modeled in this thesis work. The obtained loss model is capable of calculating the losses under different circumstances. The individual contribution of losses for each element at different conditions can be obtained, which is further useful in improving the design and therefore, efficiency. The losses in different elements of the converter, including power semiconductor devices, RC-snubbers, transformer and filter inductor at different operating points can be computed by using the obtained model. The loss model is then validated by comparing the analytical results with the measurements. The results based on developed loss model show consistency with the measured losses. The comparison at different conditions shows that, the difference between measured and analytical results ranges between 10% to 20 %. The difference is due to those losses which are disregarded because of their negligible contribution. On the other hand, it is also observed that if the neglected losses are counted, the difference reduces up to 10%.

  • 12.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Haider, Arif
    Van Hertem, Dirk
    ESAT/ELECTA, K.U.Leuven, Belgium.
    Zhang, Lidong
    ABB Power Systems HVDC, Ludvika.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    HVDC SuperGrids with modular multilevel converters - The power transmission backbone of the future2012Ingår i: International Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals and Devices, SSD 2012, IEEE , 2012, s. 6198119-Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In order to transmit massive amounts of power generated by remotely located power plants, especially offshore wind farms, and to balance the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, the need for a stronger high voltage transmission grid is anticipated. Due to limitations in ac power transmission the most likable choice for such a grid is a high-voltage dc (HVDC) grid. However, the concept of the HVDC grid is still under active development as different technical challenges exist, and it is not yet possible to construct such a dc grid. This paper deals with prospects and technical challenges for future HVDC SuperGrids. Different topologies for a SuperGrid and the possibility to use modular multilevel converters (M2Cs) are presented. A comprehensive overview of different submodule implementations of M2C is given as well as a discussion on the choice between cables or overhead lines, the protection system for the dc grid and dc-side resonance issues.

  • 13.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling. ABB Corporate Research.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Performance of the modular multilevel converter with redundant submodules2015Ingår i: IECON 2015 - 41st Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2015, s. 3922-3927, artikel-id 7392712Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The modular multilevel converter (MMC) is the state-of-the-art voltage-source converter (VSC) topology used for various power-conversion applications. In the MMC, submodule failures can occur due to various reasons. Therefore, additional submodules called the redundant submodules are included in the arms of the MMC to fulfill the fault-safe operation requirement. The performance of the MMC with redundant submodules has not been widely covered in the published literature. This paper investigates the performance of the MMC with redundant submodules in the arms. Two different control strategies are used and compared for integrating redundant submodules. The response of the MMC to a submodule failure for the two strategies is also studied. Moreover, the operation of the MMC with redundant submodules is validated experimentally using the converter prototype in the laboratory.

  • 14.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Mahmood, Shahid
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    Harnefors, Lennart
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Efficient Modeling of an MMC-Based Multiterminal DC System Employing Hybrid HVDC Breakers2015Ingår i: IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery, ISSN 0885-8977, E-ISSN 1937-4208, Vol. 30, nr 4, s. 1792-1801Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The feasibility of future multiterminal dc (MTDC) systems depends largely on the capability to withstand dc-side faults. Simulation models of MTDC systems play a very important role in investigating these faults. For such studies, the test system needs to be accurate and computationally efficient. This paper proposes a detailed equivalent model of the modular multilevel converter (MMC), which is used to develop the MTDC test system. The proposed model is capable of representing the blocked-mode operation of the MMC, and can be used to study the balancing control of the capacitor voltages. In addition, the operation of the MMC when redundant submodules are included in the arms can also be studied. A simplified model of a hybrid high-voltage dc breaker is also developed. Hence, the developed test system is capable of accurately describing the behavior of the MMC-based MTDC system employing hybrid HVDC breakers, during fault conditions. Using time-domain simulations, permanent dc-side faults are studied in the MTDC system. In addition, a scheme to control the fault current through the MMC using thyristors on the ac side of the converter is proposed.

  • 15.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Continuous modeling of open-loop control based negative sequence current control of modular multilevel converters for HVDC transmission2013Ingår i: Eur. Conf. Power Electron. Appl., EPE, 2013Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Negative sequence currents are obtained during ac-side asymmetrical faults of converters in highvoltage direct current (HVDC) transmission systems. Consequently, second order harmonics in the dc-side voltage and current, unbalanced ac-side currents, and power oscillations can be observed. This paper presents a negative sequence current control (NSCC) scheme that eliminates second order harmonic ripples in the voltage and current of the dc-side during unbalanced grid conditions. Controllers for this purpose are investigated using a continuous model of the modular multilevel converter (M2C). The proposed scheme utilizes an open-loop controller for lower level control of the M2C. The continuous model used also has the capability to model blocking and deblocking events which may be used during protective actions. Simulation results reveal that the proposed NSCC scheme is effective in suppressing dc-side voltage and current ripples. Moreover, it keeps the ac-side phase currents balanced during asymmetrical fault conditions.

  • 16.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    ABB Corporate Research Center, Sweden.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    ABB Corporate Research Center, Sweden.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    A computationally efficient continuous model for the modular multilevel converter2014Ingår i: IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, ISSN 2168-6777, Vol. 2, nr 4, s. 1139-1148, artikel-id 6840290Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Simulation models of the modular multilevel converter (MMC) play a very important role for studying the dynamic performance. Detailed modeling of the MMC in electromagnetic transient simulation programs is cumbersome, as it requires high computational effort and simulation time. Several averaged or continuous models proposed in the literature lack the capability to describe the blocked state. This paper presents a continuous model, which is capable of accurately simulating the blocked state. This feature is very important for accurate simulation of faults. The model is generally applicable, although it is particularly useful in high-voltage dc applications.

  • 17.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Efficient Modeling of Modular Multilevel Converters in HVDC-Grids Under Fault Conditions2014Ingår i: 2014 IEEE PES General Meeting | Conference & Exposition, IEEE Computer Society, 2014, s. 6939166-, artikel-id 6939166Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    High-voltage direct current (HVDC) grids using modular multilevel converters (M2Cs) have strongly been considered for the integration of distant renewable energy sources and also as a backbone to the existing ac-grids. The dynamic performance of the M2C is of particular interest in these grids. For electromagnetic transient (EMT) programs, modeling of HVDC-grids using detailed M2C models is unrealistic, as it requires extremely high computational effort and simulation time. In this paper an HVDC-grid test system is developed using a continuous simulation model of the M2C. The model is also capable of describing the blocking events of the M2C. Using time-domain simulations in PSCAD/EMTDC, the dynamic performance of the M2C in HVDC-grids under fault conditions is investigated. Simulation results reveal that the continuous M2C model can efficiently be used to study the dynamic performance of the M2C in HVDC-grids with high computational speed, under different fault conditions.

  • 18.
    Ahmed, Noman
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Validation of the continuous model of the modular multilevel converter with blocking/deblocking capability2012Ingår i: AC and DC Power Transmission (ACDC 2012), 10th IET International Conference on, 2012Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents the continuous model for the Modular Multilevel Converter (M2C). The model operates in two modes, either operating as a voltage source in deblocked mode or as a rectifying diode bridge in blocked mode. The model is validated by comparison with a detailed M2C model having 36 submodules per arm, using different control strategies. The comparison is based on time-domain simulations in PSCAD/EMTDC. The continuous model shows a very good agreement with the detailed model.

  • 19.
    Akhtar, Malik Usman
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Variable speed drive as an alternative solution for a micro-hydro power plant2012Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    This diploma work is mainly focused on developing the control strategy for avariable speed drive as an alternative solution to a micro-hydro power plant. The detailed mathematical model for a micro-hydro system including a Kaplan turbine, mechanical shaft and electrical machines is presented and validated through simulations. A control strategy for an autonomous operation of a doubly-fed induction machine-based drive is developed for a wide range of speed. The drive can operate at a unity power factor.The possible applications of the analyzed system are also presented. As a positive side of the system, it is found that the direct interaction between the power electronic converters and the utility grid can be avoided by exploiting the proposed topology, which might lead to a better quality of the produced power in terms of harmonics. This could also lead to removal or reduction of the size of the harmonic filters that are being used in conventional doubly-fed induction generator installations. As regards to the drawbacks of the system, a comparison of converter and generator ratings between the analyzed solution and the conventional solution was performed. While the converters rating remain the same, there is one more electrical machine and the doubly-fed generator rating is slightly increased. Losses are also slightly larger due to the presence of the second machine.

  • 20.
    Anpalahan, Peethamparam
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Soulard, Juliette
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Design Steps towards a High Power Factor Transverse Flux Machine2001Ingår i: Proc. of the European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE), Graz, Austria, August 2001 / [ed] EPE, 2001Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes a topology of three-phase transverse flux machine and the derivation of ananalytical model which does not exist in the literature. Three dimensional finite element analysis isalso used to get more accurate results. Steps carried out to obtain a better power factor are presented.

  • 21.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    On the Internal Dynamics and AC-Motor Drive Application of Modular Multilevel Converters2014Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna avhandling är ett försök att undersöka drift och egenskaper avmodulära multinivåomvandlare (M2C:er). Eftersom denna topologi anses varaden mest lovande inom högspänings-högeffekt-tillämpningar är, och somett underlag för att kunna formulera lämpliga styrmetoder, är det nödvändigtatt lägga kraft i att försöka förståde fysikaliska lagar som styr den inredynamiken i sådana omvandlare. Även om M2C:erna tillhör den välstuderadefamiljen av spänningsstyva omvandlare (VSC:er), och har en modulärstruktur, är deras reglering avsevärt mer komplicerad jämfört med två- ellertre-nivåomvandlare, eftersom ett mycket större antal switchar och kondensatorerär nödvändiga i en sådan topologi. Denna avhandling sätter fingretpå de parametrar som måste beaktas när man konstruerar regleringen för enM2C, genom att analysera den interna dynamiken, samt att föreslå sätt attstyra sådana omvandlare såatt stabil drift kan säkerställas utan att negativtpåverka prestanda.Ett speciellt fokus läggs på växelströmsmotordrifter eftersom de är särskiltutmanande vad gäller prestanda. Växelverkan mellan den interna dynamikenoch motorns dynamik undersöks experimentellt. Problemet att driva motornvid stillestånd behandlas även i fallet med hög ström och högt moment för atterhålla kunskap om kraven påomvandlaren i sådana fall. Slutligen föreslås enoptimering av omvandlarens drifttillstånd för att undvika överdimensioneringav omvandlarens komponenter i de fall detta är möjligt.Alla analytiska undersökningar som läggs fram i denna avhandling är bekräftadegenom experimentella resultat från en laboratorieomvandlare, somutvecklats inom ramen för detta arbete. Den experimentella verifieringen bevisargiltigheten av alla teoretiska undersökningar. Den visar också på demycket goda prestanda som de utvecklade styrmetoderna har vid drift aven verklig fysisk omvandlare. Förhoppningen är att resultaten från detta arbetekan komma till använding i storskaliga implementerinar i mega- ellergiga-wattklassen.

  • 22.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Mörée, Gustav
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Soulard, Juliette
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Experimental evaluation of the impact of harmonics on induction motors fed by modular multilevel converters2014Ingår i: Proceedings - 2014 International Conference on Electrical Machines, ICEM 2014, 2014, s. 768-775Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Inverter-based electrical-machine drives suffer from significantly higher losses compared to sinusoidal-supply-based alternatives, fed directly from the grid. Using multilevel inverters it becomes possible to partially mitigate the effects of the switched supply waveform, while keeping the advantages of variable-speed operation. This paper aims to evaluate the increase of the losses occurring in an induction motor (IM) fed by a modular multilevel converter (M2C), when compared to grid-connected operation, in order to evaluate the impact of the inverter-generated harmonics in the machine. It is confirmed that the losses created in the motor due to the harmonic content of the inverter-generated waveforms are very low, and almost equivalent to a purely sinusoidal supply. The investigation includes an analysis of the harmonic content from experimental waveforms obtained by an 11-kW IM laboratory setup, and it is further supported by measurements of the temperature rise in the IM-stator windings. It is concluded that the M2C could create the conditions even for high-power motors to be operated without any derating.

  • 23.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling. ABB, Sweden.
    Ilves, Kalle
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Global Asymptotic Stability of Modular Multilevel Converters2014Ingår i: IEEE transactions on industrial electronics (1982. Print), ISSN 0278-0046, E-ISSN 1557-9948, Vol. 61, nr 2, s. 603-612Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Modular multilevel converters require that the controller is designed so that the submodule capacitor voltages are equalized and stable, independent of the loading conditions. Assuming that the individual capacitor-voltage sharing is managed effectively, an open-loop strategy has been designed to ensure that the total amount of energy stored inside the converter always will be controlled. This strategy, using the steady-state solutions of the dynamic equations for controlling the total stored energy in each converter arm, has proven to be effective. The intention of this paper is to explain in a rigorous way the mechanism behind the suggested strategy and to prove that, when this open-loop strategy is used, the system becomes globally asymptotically stable. Experimental verification on a three-phase 10-kVA prototype is presented.

  • 24.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ilves, Kalle
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Stability Analysis of Modular Multilevel Converters With Open-Loop Control2013Ingår i: 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2013, IEEE , 2013, s. 6316-6321Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Modular multilevel converters (M2Cs) require that the controller is designed so that the submodule capacitor voltages are equalized and stable, independent of the loading conditions. Provided that the individual capacitor voltage sharing is managed effectively, an open-loop strategy can been designed to ensure that the total amount of energy stored inside the converter always will be controlled. This strategy, using the steady-state solutions of the dynamic equations for controlling the total stored energy in each converter arm, has proven to be effective. The intention of this paper is to explain in a rigorous way the mechanism behind the suggested strategy, and to prove that, when this open-loop strategy is used, the system becomes globally asymptotically stable.

  • 25.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Optimal selection of the average capacitor voltage for modular multilevel converters2013Ingår i: 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2013, IEEE , 2013, s. 3368-3374Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Variable-speed drives have reduced voltage requirements when operating below the base speed. In a modular-multilevel-converter-based (M2C-based) motor drive it is then possible to operate with reduced voltage in the submodule capacitors, than at the base speed. In this sense, a greater capacitor-voltage ripple can be accommodated, without exceeding the maximum peak-capacitor voltage. This paper presents an analytical investigation for the optimal selection of the average capacitor voltage for M2Cs, when the motor is operating with rated torque, below the base speed. This method does not require any power exchange between the converter arms, so it keeps the conduction losses at the minimum level. Additionally, the method decreases the switching losses, due to the decreased capacitor-voltage level. The overall ratings of the converter remain the same as in the base-speed operation. It is shown that this method can be applied at a speed range between the base speed and down to approximately one third of it, i.e, an operating range that covers the requirements for typical pump- and fan-type applications. The results obtained from the analytical investigation are experimentally verified on a down-scaled laboratory prototype M2C.

  • 26.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Optimal Selection of the Average Capacitor Voltage for Variable-Speed Drives With Modular Multilevel Converters2015Ingår i: IEEE transactions on power electronics, ISSN 0885-8993, E-ISSN 1941-0107, Vol. 30, nr 1, s. 227-234Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Variable-speed drives have reduced voltage requirementswhen operating below the base speed. In a modularmultilevel-converter-based (M2C-based) motor drive it is thenpossible to operate with reduced voltage in the submodulecapacitors, than at the base speed. In this sense, a greatercapacitor-voltage ripple can be accommodated, without exceedingthe maximum peak-capacitor voltage. This paper presents ananalytical investigation for the optimal selection of the averagecapacitor voltage for M2Cs, when the motor is operating withrated torque, below the base speed. This method does not requireany power exchange between the converter arms, so it keepsthe conduction losses at the minimum level. Additionally, themethod decreases the switching losses, due to the decreasedcapacitor-voltage level. The overall ratings of the converterremain the same as in the base-speed operation. It is shownthat this method can be applied at a speed range betweenthe base speed and down to approximately one third of it,i.e, an operating range that covers the requirements for typicalpump- and fan-type applications. The results obtained from theanalytical investigation are experimentally verified on a downscaledlaboratory prototype M2C.

  • 27.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ilves, Kalle
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Harnefors, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Modular multilevel converter AC motor drives with constant torque from zero to nominal speed2014Ingår i: IEEE transactions on industry applications, ISSN 0093-9994, E-ISSN 1939-9367, Vol. 50, nr 3, s. 1982-1993Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Modular multilevel converters are shown to have a great potential in the area of medium-voltage drives. Low-distortion output quantities combined with low average switching frequencies for the semiconductor devices create an ideal combination for very high-efficiency drives. However, the large number of devices and capacitors that have to conduct the fundamental-frequency current require more complex converter control techniques than its two-level counterpart. Special care needs to be taken for starting and operation at low speeds, where the low-frequency current may cause significant unbalance between the submodule capacitor voltages and disturb the output waveforms. In this paper, principles for converter operation with high torque in the whole speed range are investigated. Experimental results from a down-scaled 12-kVA prototype converter running a loaded motor at various speeds between standstill and the rated speed are also provided.

  • 28.
    Antonopoulos, Antonios
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ängquist, Lennart
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ilves, Kalle
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Modular multilevel converter ac motor drives with constant torque form zero to nominal speed2012Ingår i: 2012 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2012, IEEE , 2012, s. 739-746Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Modular multilevel converters (M2Cs) are shown to have a great potential in the area of medium-voltage drives. Low-distortion output quantities, combined with low average switching frequencies for the semiconductor devices create the ideal combination for very high-efficiency drives, both from an electric motor and an inverter point of view. With M2Cs the output voltage has such a low harmonic content that high-power motors can be operated without any derating. However, the large number of devices and the existence of capacitors that have to conduct the fundamental frequency current, requires more complex converter control techniques than its two-level counterpart. Special care needs to be taken under starting and operation with low frequency, where the low-frequency current may cause significant unbalance between the submodule capacitor voltages, disturb the output waveforms, and eventually cause the converter to trip. In this paper, principles for converter operation with high torque in the whole speed range, from standstill to rated speed will be investigated. The converter-control method utilizes estimation of the capacitor voltage variation, based on equations describing steady-state conditions. Experimental results from a down-scaled 12 kVA prototype converter running a loaded motor from zero up to the rated speed are provided in the paper.

  • 29.
    Apostolopoulos, Nikolaos
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Design and implementation of an SPB converter for fault tolerant PMSynRel motor control2015Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [sv]

    I detta examensarbete unders¨ok SPB-omriktartopologin (stacked polyphase bridges converter)i termer av ett feltolerant elektriskt drivsystem f¨or en permamentmagnetassisteradsynkron reluktansmaskin (PMSynRel). SPB-omriktaren best°ar av ett antal seriekoppladetrefasomriktare av tv°aniv°atyp som, var och en, f¨orser effekt till en trefaslindningtillh¨orande en modul¨ar elmaskin av multifastyp. Specifikation, design och konstruktion aven SPB-omriktare med fyra seriekopplade moduler studeras. Designproceduren presenterasi en steg-f¨or-steg-process och de tillverkade kretskorten presenteras utf¨orligt. Kommunikationenmellan de olika kretskorten unders¨oks med s¨arskild tonvikt p°a l°ag elektromagnetiskinterferens vilket ¨ar n¨odv¨andigt om h¨og kommunikationshastighet skall kunnauppn°as. Den f¨ardigst¨allda prototypen har utv¨arderats experimentellt och kapaciteten f¨orfeltolerans har demonstrerats vid drift av en PMSynRel-maskin utrustad med en multifaslindning.

  • 30.
    Ardiet, Vincent
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Sensorless control of induction machines, in railway applications2012Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (yrkesexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    In this master thesis, a sensorless system has been developed for an induction machine in railway applications. The approach which was taken in this master thesis is a consequence of the expectations of the company: investigate thepossibilities of having the current generation of Alstom's drive system working without use of a speed sensor. Some tests have thus been performed in order to validate parts of this statement. However, because of the substantial time that would require an exhaustive investigation and a complete development, from simulation to tests on a real train, it has been decided to focus more on selecting a method relevant for Alstom's specications, and simulate it in order to identify issues. Thus, from an extensive literature search based on books and articles considered as references, several methods has been investigated and one have been selected for simulation. Two set-ups were used for simulations; one developed in Matlab and the other one using real-time simulators used by Alstom to test and validate its hardware and control software. From these tests, it was showed that for an accurate control, it is necessary to estimate, jointly with the speed, main motor parameters. But these motor parameters can hardly be all estimated at the same time and a strategy in order to estimate eciently these other parameters is proposed. Issues related to a practical implementation are also investigated and some conclusions are drawn for an implementation of a sensorless system in an Alstom train.

  • 31. Arshad, W.
    et al.
    Soulard, Juliette
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Eriksson, Bengt
    Malmros, Bo
    Incorporating lamination processing and component manufacturing in electrical machine design tools2007Ingår i: Conference Record: IAS Annual Meeting, 2007, s. 94-102Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Measures to improve the modeling of steel-sheet laminations in electrical machine design tools are studied. Only the magnetic properties, namely, the permeability (BH curves) and the iron losses are addressed. The sensitivity of these properties upon dimensional, directional (anisotropy) and excitation variations, as well as upon the electrical machines manufacturing steps is evaluated. The studied electrical machines manufacturing step are: guillotine, laser-cutting, welding, pressing and punching. The properties of the delivered lamination coils and the various associated loss figures are also statistically benchmarked. The focus is on finding guidelines for incorporation of these sensitivities in design tools when needed. For this purpose, 5 Hz to 10 kHz tests are conducted on Epstein strips, on L-shaped segments and on standard stator laminations. Two different steel grades are studied. It is shown that the lateral dimension, anisotropy and welding influences are much more pronounced then those for punching, pressing and laser cutting and hence, need to be addressed in design tools. It is found that the commonly used Epstein test results of the coils are slightly inferior to the mean loss value of the online-testing (losses that are measured at every 1 m of the entire coil length). It is also noted that, the delivered laminations are almost always better than those ordered and the losses for each individual lamination coil are nearly constant.

  • 32.
    Asadullah Siddiqui, Makhdoomzada
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Theoretical investigations of stator iron losses in a 15 MW induction motor equipped with fractional conductor windings2011Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    Iron loss calculation in AC machines has aroused great interest over the years, in an attempt to make electrical machines more efficient. However, different iron loss models yield different results for the same machine, owing to their individual limitations. This element of uncertainty associated with obtained values is further enhanced in cases where knowledge of the flux density’s behavior is very elementary.  This thesis gives an overview of different iron loss models and applies them to a 15 MW induction motor equipped with fractional conductor winding. The aim is to analyze the results acquired using various models and determine the suitability of the investigated models. The two main categories of iron loss models implemented are the Steinmetz models and the loss separation model. Iron loss results confirmed that the basic Steinmetz equation is only suitable for sinusoidal flux density waveforms and its accuracy diminishes as the waveform becomes increasingly non-sinusoidal. Furthermore, parts of the stator where the magnetic field is most rotational were identified as the roots of stator teeth. However, rotational magnetic fields were found to have a small effect on stator yoke iron losses.

  • 33.
    Berglund, Anders
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Maskinkonstruktion (Inst.), Integrerad produktutveckling.
    Havtun, Hans
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Energiteknik, Tillämpad termodynamik och kylteknik.
    Johansson, Hans Bengt
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Maskinkonstruktion (Inst.), Mekatronik.
    Jerbrant, Anna
    KTH, Skolan för industriell teknik och management (ITM), Industriell ekonomi och organisation (Inst.), Industriell Management.
    Andersson, Magnus
    KTH, Skolan för informations- och kommunikationsteknik (ICT).
    Hedin, Björn
    KTH, Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation (CSC), Medieteknik och interaktionsdesign, MID.
    Soulard, Juliette
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Kjellgren, Björn
    KTH, Skolan för teknikvetenskaplig kommunikation och lärande (ECE).
    The Pedagogical Developers Initiative – Changing Educational Practices and Strengthening CDIO skills2015Ingår i: Proceedings of the 11th International CDIO Conference, Chengdu, China, June 8-11 2015, 2015Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper put emphasis on change agents within the universities and how local initiatives can be systematically approached and ramped up. Rooted in the challenges and constraints that have been addressed in past educational program initiatives, the case consists of specific focus areas to leverage impact. Universities continuously strives to provide the best conditions for an inspiring and prosperous learning environment, and to provide educational programs with teaching of excellent educational quality. KTH is no exception and therefore the university management has initiated a pedagogical program starting in 2014. One of the first thing initiated within the framework of this pedagogical program is the creation of a group of 24 pedagogical developers.

    The focus for the pedagogical developers is to facilitate the opportunities for KTHs faculty to work together and create consensus on educational development in different teaching teams. This paper presents the University's pedagogical developers' initiative as a whole and how this has been outlined in detail to reach specific redesign targets. The School of Industrial Engineering and Management pedagogical group consists of five practicing teachers that besides this new role also engage heavily in various courses of the School's departments. Since the pedagogical initiative is aligned with several important CDIO aspects, e.g. the learning environment, formats of formative feedback, assessment and examination there is also importance to reassure this in the existing Master level programs.

    At KTH the five-year comprehensive Master of Science in Engineering programs concern distinct vocational educations in which the CDIO aspects are very important. At the same time the programs has been divided in a basic level (B.Sc. in Engineering) of three years and a advanced level (M.Sc.) of two years. This has for instance made it harder to align the progression between first cycle level and second cycle level regarding for instance the CDIO efforts (e.g. oral and written communication, teamwork). This paper will therefore discuss and enhance how the pedagogical programme, we as pedagogical developers, can support and strengthen the initiation and implementation of the CDIO aspects in the education.

  • 34.
    Bessegato, Luca
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektroteknik och datavetenskap (EECS), Elektroteknik, Elkraftteknik.
    Modeer, Tomas
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Modeling and control of a tapped-inductor buck converter with pulse frequency modulation2014Ingår i: Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition (ECCE), 2014 IEEE, IEEE, 2014, s. 3672-3678Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The tapped-inductor buck (TI-buck) converter has shown to be a suitable solution for auxiliary power supply for modular multilevel converter submodules. Such application features a large step-down voltage conversion, made at relatively low output power. This converter operates in discontinuous conduction mode with zero voltage switching of the high-voltage valve. This paper treats the dynamic behaviour of the aforementioned converter. First, an average output current model of the converter is developed and a small signal model is obtained. Then, a closed-loop output voltage control, which uses the switching frequency as control variable, is designed and implemented using a microcontroller. Measurements on a down-scaled prototype shows that the control system provides a well-controlled average output voltage, which is stable under significant load variation. Finally, a solution for implementing the start-up of the converter is presented and tested.

  • 35. Beza, M.
    et al.
    Norrga, Staffan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Three-level converters with selective Harmonic Elimination PWM for HVDC application2010Ingår i: 2010 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2010: Proceedings, 2010, s. 3746-3753Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In a voltage source converter (VSC) based HVDC system, the modulation scheme used is an important factor in achieving a desired harmonic performance with allowable semiconductor losses. In this paper, the use of selective Harmonic Elimination Pulse Width Modulation (HEPWM) for a three-level Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) converter in VSC based HVDC application will be discussed. Steady state performance of theconverter system in terms of harmonics and losses will be evaluated using MATLAB and PSCAD/EMTDC simulation. Simulation results show a 37% improvement in total semiconductor loss with better harmonic performance by using the three-level solution compared to the two-level solution with the stated modulation scheme. 

  • 36.
    Blinov, Andrei
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling. Tallinn University of Techmology, Estonia.
    Vinnikov, D.
    Ivakhno, V.
    Full soft-switching high step-up DC-DC converter for photovoltaic applications2014Ingår i: 16th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE'14-ECCE Europe), 2014, Lappeenranta: IEEE conference proceedings, 2014Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper a full soft-switching high step-up DC-DC converter is introduced as an alternative approach to module integrated converters for photovoltaic applications. The presented operation principle and key equations can be used as design guidelines for component and parameter estimation in practical applications. The proposed DC-DC converter was verified by help of simulations and experiments. Power loss analysis based on the semiconductor datasheet values showed that the converter tends to achieve an efficiency of 92.8% at the maximum power point.

  • 37.
    Bourchas, Konstantinos
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Manufacturing Effects on Iron Losses in Electrical Machines2015Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [sv]

    I detta examensarbete studeras hur de magnetiska egenskaperna hos SiFe-plat paverkas

    av skarning och svetsning. Permeabilitet och jarnforlustdensitet undersoks eftersom de

    ar kritiska variabler for elektriska maskiners prestanda. De magnetiska matningarna

    genomfordes pa en Epstein ram med en odesfrekvens pa 50, 100 och 200 Hz, enligt

    IEC 404-2. E ekterna av mekanisk skarning med giljotin samt skarning med ber- och

    CO2-laser studerades. Inverkan av olika berlaserinstallningar undersoktes ocksa genom

    att variera gastrycket, skarhastigheten samt frekvensen och e ekten av laserstralen.

    For att oka skare ekten inkluderades Epsteinremsor med ytterligare 1, 2 och 3 langsgaende

    skarsnitt. Det visas att mekanisk skarning har en mindre paverkan pa de magnetiska

    egenskaperna hos materialet an vad laserskarning har. Matningar pa plat med 1.8% Si

    visar att da prov med tre extra langsgaende giljotinklipp anvands kan permeabiliteten

    reduceras med upp till 63% och jarnforlusterna kan oka med upp till 35%. Motsvarande

    resultat for laserskurna platar visar en permeabilitetsreduktion pa upp till 65% och

    en jarnforlustokning pa upp till 65%. Ur studien av de tva studerade skarprocesserna

    framkommer aven att tunnare plat paverkas mindre negativt an tjockare plat. Ett antal

    olika installningar har provats for att utreda hur olika parametrar paverkar e ekterna

    av laserskarning. Studien indikerar att skarning med hog e ekt och hog hastighet ger

    den minsta paverkan pa materialets magnetiska egenskaper. Vilket aven har en positiv

    inverkan pa produktiviteten vid laserskarning.

    Epsteinprover har aven utforts for att undersoka vilka e ekter som introduceras da

    SiFe-plat svetsas. Provstyckena bestod av remsor med en, tre, fem och 10 svetspunkter.

    Experimenten visar en jarnforlustokning med upp till 50% samt en permeabilitetsreduktion

    upp till 62% da platarna svetsats samman tva och tva.

    En modell for att studera e ekterna av de forandrade materialegenskaperna vid skarning

    pa en induktionsmotor utvecklas och implementeras i en FEM-baserad mjukvara. Resultaten

    tyder pa en jarnforlustokning med 30% da skare ekten orsakad av giljotin beaktas.

    Vid simulering av laserskuren plat kan denna okning vara sa stor som 50%. Det framkommer

    aven att laserskarningen kan reducera e ektfaktorn sa mycket som 2.6%.

  • 38. Buyukdegirmenci, V. T.
    et al.
    Magill, M. P.
    Nategh, Shafigh
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Krein, P. T.
    Development of closed-form solutions for fast thermal modeling of rotating electric machinery2013Ingår i: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2013, IEEE , 2013, s. 832-838Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Accurate knowledge of winding temperature is critical for the control, protection, and real-time monitoring of high-performance electric machines. Lumped parameter and finite element analyses can be used to model thermal stress, but both have drawbacks in applications where fast estimates of local temperature distributions are necessary. To overcome this, a closed-form solution for the steady-state stator temperature distribution over one slot pitch in a radial air gap electric machine is presented. Machine symmetry and material thermal properties are used to create a representative layer model in which a solution to Laplace's equation is developed. In addition to lumped parameter and three-dimensional (3D) finite element models, the method is verified through experimental results. Analytical model winding temperature predictions are within about 2.5% of finite element model predictions. Estimates of stator slot, tooth, and end-winding temperatures are within 7% of experimental measurements. The results are shown to have value for parametric machine design and protection.

  • 39. Buyukdegirmenci, V. T.
    et al.
    Nategh, Shafigh
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Magill, M. P.
    Krein, P. T.
    A fast and flexible analytical approach for thermal modeling of a linear stator structure2013Ingår i: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE International Electric Machines and Drives Conference, IEMDC 2013, IEEE , 2013, s. 793-800Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    A closed-form analytical solution for temperature distribution in a rectangular slot structure is presented. The methodology models windings, lamination and slot insulation as three distinct regions and formulates a boundary value problem for each region. The solutions follow Poisson's and Laplace's equations. The closed-form nature of the solution allows it to be used for electric machine design and protection. The model is compared with a lumped parameter model, and verified using three-dimensional finite element analysis (FEA) and experimental measurements on a linear induction machine. Slot temperature predictions using the proposed model are within 3.2% of FEA. Model temperature estimates in the slot, lamination, and end winding are all within 6.7% of experimental measurements. This temperature estimation accuracy suggests that the proposed approach is suitable for applications where fast and flexible thermal modeling is necessary.

  • 40.
    Bäckström, Thomas
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Engströmer, Henrik
    Sadarangani, Chandur
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska maskiner och effektelektronik (stängd 20110930).
    Control of the Integrated Energy Transducer Drive for Hybrid Electric Vehicles1997Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 41. Bäckström, Thomas
    et al.
    Sadarangani, Chandur
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska maskiner och effektelektronik (stängd 20110930).
    Integrated Energy Transducer Drive for Hybrid Electric Vehicles1997Ingår i: Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, EPE'97, 1997, s. 4.721-4.726Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 42.
    Bäckström, Thomas
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Sadarangani, Chandur
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Östlund, Stefan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska maskiner och effektelektronik (stängd 20110930).
    Integrated Energy Transducer for Hybrid Electric Vehicles1997Ingår i: Proceesdings of the IEE 8th International conference on Electrical Machines and Drives, EMD'97, 1997, s. 239-243Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 43.
    Camacho Silva, Leandro
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Modeling and Design of the Electric Drivetrain for the 2013 Research Concept Vehicle2013Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    The research for electric vehicles has been growing during last years and the development of electric drive trains can be considered a main challenge. This thesis presents the electric drive train of the research concept vehicle (RCV) 2013, with particular focus on electric machines, motor controllers, and the communication system. In the first part of this thesis, the electric drive train configuration and components are described. In-wheel motors are proposed which is a permanent magnet synchronous machine (PMSM). This technology allows the use of autonomous corner modules (ACM) increasing the quality and safety of the system. Each of the four in-wheel motors has a controller enabling the use of torque or speed control mode. Furthermore, a dSPACE unit provides the total control of the system by CAN bus. Additionally, the dSPACE ControlDesk interface used to control the drive system is presented. In the second part, the heat sink of the AC Drive is investigated by measurements and analytical calculations. Furthermore, the motor temperature at different loads is also presented and discussed. Finally, the efficiency of an in-wheel motor (PRA 230) is studied. Also the efficiency of the motor controller is estimated and discussed.

  • 44.
    Cao, Weiran
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Linear Modeling of DFIGs and VSC-HVDC Systems2015Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (masterexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [sv]

    Nyligen, med ökande tillämpning av vindkraft, det system som bygger på den dubbeltmatad induktion generator (DFIG) har blivit en av de mest populära begrepp. Problemetmed att ansluta till nätet är också gradvis avslöjas. Som en effektiv lösning för att anslutavindkraftpark är VSC -HVDC linje det lämpligaste valet av stabilitetsskäl. Det finns dockmöjligheter att omvandlaren en VSC-HVDC länk negativt kan interagera medvindturbinen och genererar dåligt dämpade under synkron svängningar. Därför kommerdetta examensarbete härleda den linjära modellen av en enda DFIG liksom den linjäramodellen av flera DFIGs ansluter till en VSC-HVDC -länk. För arise metoden kommerJacobian transfer matrix modelleringsmetodförklaras och antas. Jämförelse mellan denlinjära modellen och identiskt system i PSCAD frekvensgången och tidsdomänensvarkommer att presenteras för godkännande.

  • 45. Carlsson, Fredrik
    et al.
    Soulard, Juliette
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Grop, Henrik
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Free Fall Attraction as a Practical and Theoretical Project in the Electrical Engineering Education2006Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In the first year of the studies in the five-yearMaster of Science programme in Electrical Engineering at KTH,there is a course named “Electro project”. The students that takethis compulsory course choose between several projects and thispaper describes a newly invented project called Free Fall, whichpractically and theoretically demonstrates in a simple andinteresting way important electrical engineering equations forthe students. The students study, calculate and build a gondolathat first accelerates when it falls freely along a tower from itstop and then decelerate with eddy current brakes. The studentslearn apart from modelling of physical phenomena, mechanicalconstruction, validation, measurements and collaboration withinthe group as well as with the laboratory staff.

  • 46.
    Carvajal Almendros, Celia
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Design and Analysis of a Fractional-Slot Concentrated-Wound Permanent-Magnet-Assisted Synchronous Reluctance Machine2015Självständigt arbete på avancerad nivå (yrkesexamen), 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [sv]

    Det växande behovet av enklare och billigare tillverkningsprocesser har lett till att den senaste

    forskningen om elektriska maskiner har fokuserats till maskiner med koncentrerade lindningar

    (FSCW). Detta koncept har i stor utsträckning undersökts för synkronmaskiner med

    ytmonterade permanentmagneter (SMPM). Detta projekt studerar samma lindning koncept,

    tillämpat på synkrona reluktansmaskiner (SynRM).

    I denna avhandling är en 15 kW, 4-polig, SynRM med FSCW och permanentmagneter

    (PMaSynRM) utformad och optimerad med användandet av finita elementmetoden (FEM).

    Simuleringar för en uppsättning givna, tekniska specifikationer har genomförts. Inledningsvis

    undersöks den befintliga synkronreluktansmaskinen med distribuerad lindning och senare

    presenteras och optimeras två nya motorkonstruktioner: en FSCW-SynRM respektive en

    FSCW-PMaSynRM med ferritmagneter. Vidare analyseras påverkan av att ersätta ferritmaterial

    med neodym-järn-bor (NdFeB) i FSCW-PMaSynRM. Detaljerade undersökningar genomförs för

    att jämföra effekten av materialen vid olika temperaturer. Variationen av maximal vridmomentet

    som funktion av hastighet vid olika temperaturer identifierar ett säkert driftstemperaturintervall

    där magneterna inte avmagnetiseras. Även variationen i överbelastningskapacitet vid olika

    temperaturer studeras. Slutligen görs en jämförelse mellan den nya föreslagna designen och

    andra befintliga topologier.

    Resultaten visar att FSCW-SynRM har lägre effektivitet och effektfaktor, samt högre

    vridmomentsrippel än DW-SynRM. När ferritmagneter är införda i FSCW-PMaSynRM erhålls

    emellertid högre värden på effektivitet, effektfaktor och fältförsvagning än i DW-SynRM. Genom

    att använda NdFeB i stället för ferrit i FSCW-PMaSynRM förbättras dessutom vridmomentet,

    fältförsvagningskapaciteten och överbelastningskapaciteten, vilket ger ett bredare

    temperaturområde utan avmagnetisering. Slutligen visar DW-PMaSynRM med ferrit samma

    effektivitetsnivå som FSCW-PMaSynRM med ferrit, men med högre effektfaktor och lägre

    vridmomentsrippel. FSCW-PMaSynRM med ferrit har dock andra fördelar, såsom kortare

    härvänderna, god feltolerans samt enklare och billigare tillverkningsprocess.

  • 47.
    Chamorro, Harold R.
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Nazari, Mohammad
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Babazadeh, Davood
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Industriella informations- och styrsystem.
    Malik, Naveed ur Rehman
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Ghandhari, Mehrdad
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektriska energisystem.
    Consensus Control for Induction Motors Speed Regulation2014Ingår i: 2014 16TH European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications, 2014Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Cyber Physical Energy Systems (CPES) development requires the combination of distributed intelligence to fulfill the future complex tasks and reach the increase the energy demands. Electrical Industrial Systems (EIS) are in continuous evolving integrating new technologies allowing to a better performance and increase the efficiency. This paper applies the consensus protocol for Multi-Agent Systems (MAS) to control the speed of multiple induction motors. In this paper, the behaviour of the system under different disturbances and scenarios has been simulated, thus, confirming the suitability and simplicity of this method for coordinating the control actions.

  • 48. Chub, Andrii
    et al.
    Husev, Oleksandr
    Blinov, Andrei
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling. Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia .
    Vinnikov, Dmitri
    CCM and DCM Analysis of Quasi-Z-Source Derived Push-Pull DC/DC Converter2014Ingår i: Informacije midem, ISSN 0352-9045, Vol. 44, nr 3, s. 224-234Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a steady state analysis of the operation modes of the quasi-Z-source (qZS) derived push-pull DC/DC converter topology. It was derived by the combination of the qZS network and coupled inductors. The output stage of the converter consists of a diode bridge rectifier and an LC-filter. This topology provides a wide regulation range of the input voltage and galvanic isolation. These features fit the requirements for the integration systems of renewable energy sources, such as PV panels, variable speed wind turbines, and fuel cells. A converter can operate in continuous (CCM) and discontinuous conduction mode (DCM). Switching period is divided into four and six intervals for CCM and DCM, respectively. Equivalent circuits and analytical expressions for each interval are presented. The DC gain factor for each mode is derived. To simplify our analysis, coupled inductors were substituted with a model that consists of an ideal transformer and magnetizing inductance. Leakage inductances are neglected because the coupling coefficient in this topology should be close to unity. In DCM the converter operation depends on the active duty cycle and the duty cycle of the zero current condition. Two solutions are possible for the DC gain factor in DCM. It is theoretically impossible to achieve the unity DC gain factor in DCM if the turns ratio of coupled inductors is equal to or more than one. The proposed topology was simulated with PSIM software in two operating points. Experimental verification proves our theoretical and simulation results.

  • 49.
    Colmenares, Juan
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    ANALYSIS, IMPLEMENTATION AND EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION OF A PHASE SHIFTED PWM CONTROL SYSTEM FOR A MODULAR MULTILEVEL CONVERTER2011Studentarbete övrigt, 20 poäng / 30 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
    Abstract [en]

    Nowadays, it is problematic to connect only one power semiconductor switch directly to the grid due to the high voltage range. In order to solve this difficulty, a new type of power converter has been introduced as a solution in high power applications. Multilevel Converters use high speed switching components, avoiding the problem of linking them directly to the grid by connecting single devices among multiple DC levels. Differents Multilevel topologies have been developed in the last few years. Multilevel Converters are more complex to modulate than the two level traditional converters because of the number of switching alternatives that are available. The latest and most promising such topology for high power applications is the Modular Multilevel Converter (M2C). Several control and modulation methods have been suggested for this topology. The aim of this master thesis project is to deeply investigate and evaluate one of them, based on a carrier phase-shifted Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques. Four different control topologies using phase shift PWM techniques on M2C are studied and explored in this work. These topologies include the following loops of control: Averaging Control based on the currents inside the converter, Individual Balancing Control based on the output current and capacitors voltages, and Arm Balancing Control based on the voltage difference between the arms of the converter. The operation principle of an M2C is presented. This project proposes a switching frequency that meets the two required criteria: low enough to maintain cost feasibility, and high enough to reach a harmonic performance target. Additionally, this work proposes an analytic expression for the output voltage spectrum of the converter, which enables prediction of harmonic performance. Three distinct simulations were performed each one using different control topologies and switching frequencies. The first controller simulated took into account the Averaging Control topology, based on the circulating current. Within this topology both individual and arm balancing techniques are also explored. A second controller is also simulated using Averaging Control, based on the arms currents, as well as the other control loops. For the last case an Averaging Control, based on the arm currents, without the Arm Balancing is simulated. The results of each simulation are discussed and compared. Finally, these topologies are implemented and verified experimentally on a 10-KVA M2C prototype. The experiments are performed using only one phase and 11-level modulation methods. The controller efficiency is studied and verified through step response analysis.

  • 50.
    Colmenares, Juan
    et al.
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Peftitsis, Dimosthenis
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Nee, Hans-Peter
    KTH, Skolan för elektro- och systemteknik (EES), Elektrisk energiomvandling.
    Rabkowski, Jacek
    Switching Performance of Parallel-Connected Power Modules with SiC MOSFETs2014Ingår i: 2014 International Power Electronics Conference, IPEC-Hiroshima - ECCE Asia 2014, IEEE conference proceedings, 2014, s. 3712-3717Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Parallel connection of silicon carbide power modules is a possible solution in order to reach higher current ratings. Nevertheless, it must be done appropriately to ensure a feasible operation of the parallel-connected power modules. High switching speeds are desired in order to achieve high efficiencies in medium and high-power applications but parasitic elements may give rise to a non-uniform current sharing during turn-on and turn-off, leading to non-uniformly distributed switching losses. This paper presents the switching performance of parallel-connected power modules populated with several silicon carbide metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect-transistors chips. It is experimentally shown that turn-on and turn-off switching times of approximately 50 ns and 100 ns, respectively, can be reached, while an acceptably uniform transient current sharing is obtained. Moreover, based on the obtained results, an efficiency of approximately 99.35% for a three-phase converter rated at 312 kVA with a switching frequency of 20 kHz can be estimated.

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