Neuro-fuzzy current controller for three-level cascade inverter based D-STATCOM


Distribution STATCOM (D-STATCOM) is a custom power device connected in parallel to power system. In this paper, Neuro-Fuzzy Controller (NFC) which has robust structure is proposed for control of D-STATCOM’s dq-axis currents. Designed NFC is first order Mamdani type NFC structure and has two inputs, one output and six layers. DSTATCOM is based on three-level cascaded inverter and this inverter is controlled with Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulation (SPWM) technique. dSPACE’s DS1103 control card is used for real-time implementation of D-STATCOM’s control algorithm. The performance of D-STATCOM using NFC is evaluated by changing of reference reactive current (iqref) as on-line. Under this condition, some experimental results obtained from experimental setup are given.


  2. Neuro-Fuzzy Current Controller
  3. SPWM
  4. Three-Level Cascade Inverter



Fig.1. Three-level cascaded inverter based D-STATCOM



Fig.2. Changing of dc link voltages

 Fig.3. iqref tracking performance of iq

Fig.4. Phase-a current and voltage waveforms of D-STATCOM


Fig.5. Changing of modulation index

Fig.6. Changing of phase angle


In this paper, NFC is developed to synthesize the current control loop of D-STATCOM. NFC which is a combination of ANN and FLC gives the D-STATCOM a good dynamic response and excellent tracking ability in changing of iqref. Experimental results show that Neuro-Fuzzy current controlled D-STATCOM can provide the desired reactive power exact and fast within own rated power limits even in the worst operating condition.


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