A Multilevel Inverter Structure based on Combination of Switched-Capacitors and DC Sources

ABSTRACT:  

This paper presents a switched-capacitor multilevel inverter (SCMLI) combined with multiple asymmetric DC sources. The main advantage of proposed inverter with similar cascaded MLIs is reducing the number of isolated DC sources and replacing them with capacitors. A self-balanced asymmetrical charging pattern is introduced in order to boost the voltage and create more voltage levels. Number of circuit components such as active switches, diodes, capacitors, drivers and DC sources reduces in proposed structure.

This multi-stage hybrid MLI increases the total voltage of used DC sources by multiple charging of the capacitors stage by stage. A bipolar output voltage can be inherently achieved in this structure without using single phase H-bridge inverter which was used in traditional SCMLIs to generate negative voltage levels. This eliminates requirements of high voltage rating elements to achieve negative voltage levels. A 55-level step-up output voltage (27 positive levels, a zero level and 27 negative levels) are achieved by a 3-stage system which uses only 3 asymmetrical DC sources (with amplitude of 1Vin, 2Vin and 3Vin) and 7 capacitors (self-balanced as multiples of 1Vin). MATLAB/SIMULINK simulation results and experimental tests are given to validate the performance of proposed circuit.

KEYWORDS:
  1. Multi-level inverter
  2. Switched-capacitor
  3. Bipolar converter
  4. Asymmetrical
  5. Self-balancing

SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM:

Fig (1) Three stage structure of the proposed inverter

 EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

 

 Fig (2) Waveform of the output voltage in (a) 50Hz and pure resistive load (b)

the inset graphs of voltage and current

 Fig (3) waveform of the output voltage in 50Hz with resistive-inductive load

 Fig (4) Capacitor’s voltage in 50Hz (a) middle stage (b) last stage

CONCLUSION:

 In this paper, a multilevel inverter based on combination of multiple DC sources and switched-capacitors is presented. Unlike traditional converters which used H-bridge cell to produce negative voltage that the switches should withstand maximum output AC voltage, the suggested structure has the ability of generating bipolar voltage (positive, zero and negative), inherently. Operating principle of the proposed SCMLI in charging and discharging is carried out.

Also, evaluation of reliability has been done and because of high number of redundancy, there has been many alternative switching states which help the proposed structure operate correctly even in fault conditions. For confirming the superiority than others, a comprehensive comparison in case of number of devices and efficiency is carried out and shows that the proposed topology has better performance than others. For validating the performance, simulation and experimental results are brought under introduced offline PWM control method.

REFERENCES:

[1] L. G. Franquelo, J. Rodriguez, J. I. Leon, S. Kouro, R. Portillo, and M. A. M. Prats, “The age of multilevel converters arrives,” IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron. Mag., vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 28–39, June, 2008.

[2] M. Saeedifard, P. M. Barbosa and P. K. Steimer,”Operation and Control of a Hybrid seven Level Converter,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 27, no.2, pp. 652–660, February, 2012.

[3] A. Nami. “A New Multilevel Converter Configuration for High Power High Quality Application,” PhD Thesis, Queensland University of Technology, 2010.

[4] V. Dargahi, A. K. Sadigh, M. Abarzadeh, S. Eskandari and K. Corzine, “A new family of modular multilevel converter based on modified flying capacitor multicell converters IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 30, no.

1, pp. 138-147, January, 2015.

[5] I. López, S. Ceballos, J. Pou, J. Zaragoza, J. Andreu, I. Kortabarria and V. G. Agelidis,” Modulation strategy for multiphase Neutral-Point Clamped converters,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 928–941, March, 2015.

Nine-level Asymmetrical Single Phase Multilevel Inverter Topology with Low switching frequency and Reduce device counts

ABSTRACT:

 This paper presents a new asymmetrical singlephase multilevel inverter topology capable of producing ninelevel output voltage with reduce device counts. In order to obtain the desired output voltage, dc sources are connected in all the combination of addition and subtraction through different switches. Proposed topology results in reduction of dc source, switch counts, losses, cost and size of the inverter. Comparison between the existing topologies shows that the proposed topology yields less component counts. Proposed topology is modeled and simulated using Matlab-Simulink software in order to verify the performance and feasibility of the circuit. A low frequency switching strategy is also proposed in this work. The results show that the proposed topology is capable to produce a nine-level output voltage with less number of component counts and acceptable harmonic distortion content.

KEYWORDS:

  1. Multilevel inverter
  2. Asymmetrical
  3. Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  4. Low-frequency switching

 SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

 BLOCK DIAGRAM:

Fig. 1. Proposed nine level inverter topology.

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

Fig. 2. Simulation results for proposed nine level inverter topology; (a)

and (b) are switching pulses, (c) Level generator output voltage.

Fig. 3. Simulation Output results at 50Hz fundamental frequency for R = 150ohm, L= 240, P.F = 0.9

Fig. 4. Simulation Output results at 50Hz fundamental frequency for R =150ohm, L= 240, P.F = 0.9

 CONCLUSION:

In this paper a new single-phase multilevel inverter topology is presented. Proposed topology is capable of producing nine-level output voltage with reduce device counts. It can be used in medium and high power application with unequal dc sources. Different modes of operation are discussed in detail. On the bases of device counts, the proposed topology is compared with conventional as well as other asymmetrical nine-level inverter topologies presented in literature. Comparative study shows that, for nine level output, the proposed topology requires lesser component counts then the conventional and other topologies. Proposed circuit is modeled in Matlab/Simulink environment. Results obtained shows that topology works properly. Detailed Simulation analysis is carried out. THD obtained in the output voltage is 8.95% whereas the each harmonic order is < 5%, satisfies harmonic Standard (IEEE-519).

REFERENCES:

[1] J. Rodriguez, L. G. Franquelo, S. Kouro, J. I. Leon, R. C. Portillo, M. A.M. Prats and M. A. Perez, “Multilevel Converters: An Enabling Technology for High-Power Applications”, IEEE Proceeding, Vol 97, No. 11, pp.1786 – 1817, November 2009.

[2] J. R. Espinoza, “Inverter”, Power Electronics Handbook, M. H. Rashid, Ed. New York, NY, USA: Elsevier, 2001,pp. 225 -269.

[3] L. M. Tolbert and T. G. Habetler, “Novel multilevel inverter carrierbased PWM method”, IEEE Transactions on Indsutrial Apllications”, Vol. 35, No. 5, pp. 1098-1107, September 1999.

[4] S. Debnath, J. Qin, B. Bahrani, M. Saeedifard and P. Barbosa, “Operation, Control and Applications of the Modular Multilevel Converter: A Review”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 37-53, January 2015.

[5] L. G. Franquelo, J. Rodriguez, J. I. Leon, S. Kouro, R. C. Portillo and M. A. M. Prats, “The Age of Multilevel Converters Arrives”, IEEE Industrial Electronics magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2 pp. 28-39, June 2008.

A Multilevel Inverter Structure based on Combination of Switched-Capacitors and DC Sources

ABSTRACT:

This paper presents a switched-capacitor multilevel inverter (SCMLI) combined with multiple asymmetric DC sources. The main advantage of proposed inverter with similar cascaded MLIs is reducing the number of isolated DC sources and replacing them with capacitors. A self-balanced asymmetrical charging pattern is introduced in order to boost the voltage and create more voltage levels. Number of circuit components such as active switches, diodes, capacitors, drivers and DC sources reduces in proposed structure. This multi-stage hybrid MLI increases the total voltage of used DC sources by multiple charging of the capacitors stage by stage. A bipolar output voltage can be inherently achieved in this structure without using single phase H-bridge inverter which was used in traditional SCMLIs to generate negative voltage levels. This eliminates requirements of high voltage rating elements to achieve negative voltage levels. A 55-level step-up output voltage (27 positive levels, a zero level and 27 negative levels) are achieved by a 3-stage system which uses only 3 asymmetrical DC sources (with amplitude of 1Vin, 2Vin and 3Vin) and 7 capacitors (self-balanced as multiples of 1Vin). MATLAB/SIMULINK simulation results and experimental tests are given to validate the performance of proposed circuit.

KEYWORDS:

  1. Multi-level inverter
  2. Switched-capacitor
  3. Bipolar converter
  4. Asymmetrical
  5. Self-balancing

 SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM:

Fig (1) Three stage structure of the proposed inverter

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS

 

 Fig (2) Waveform of the output voltage in (a) 50Hz and pure resistive load (b the inset graphs of voltage and current

Fig (3) waveform of the output voltage in 50Hz with resistive-inductive load

Fig (4) Capacitor’s voltage in 50Hz (a) middle stage (b) last stage

CONCLUSION:

In this paper, a multilevel inverter based on combination of multiple DC sources and switched-capacitors is presented. Unlike traditional converters which used H-bridge cell to produce negative voltage that the switches should withstand maximum output AC voltage, the suggested structure has the ability of generating bipolar voltage (positive, zero and negative), inherently. Operating principle of the proposed SCMLI in charging and discharging is carried out. Also, evaluation of reliability has been done and because of high number of redundancy, there has been many alternative switching states which help the proposed structure operate correctly even in fault conditions. For confirming the superiority than others, a comprehensive comparison in case of number of devices and efficiency is carried out and shows that the proposed topology has better performance than others. For validating the performance, simulation and experimental results are brought under introduced offline PWM control method.

REFERENCES:

[1] L. G. Franquelo, J. Rodriguez, J. I. Leon, S. Kouro, R. Portillo, and M. A. M. Prats, “The age of multilevel converters arrives,” IEEE Trans. Ind. Electron. Mag., vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 28–39, June, 2008.

[2] M. Saeedifard, P. M. Barbosa and P. K. Steimer,”Operation and Control of a Hybrid seven Level Converter,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 27, no.2, pp. 652–660, February, 2012.

[3] A. Nami. “A New Multilevel Converter Configuration for High Power High Quality Application,” PhD Thesis, Queensland University of Technology, 2010.

[4] V. Dargahi, A. K. Sadigh, M. Abarzadeh, S. Eskandari and K. Corzine, “A new family of modular multilevel converter based on modified flying capacitor multicell converters IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 30, no.

1, pp. 138-147, January, 2015.

[5] I. López, S. Ceballos, J. Pou, J. Zaragoza, J. Andreu, I. Kortabarria and V. G. Agelidis,” Modulation strategy for multiphase Neutral-Point Clamped converters,” IEEE Trans. Power Electron., vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 928–941, March, 2015.

Nine-level Asymmetrical Single Phase Multilevel Inverter Topology with Low switching frequency and Reduce device counts

 

ABSTRACT:

This paper presents a new asymmetrical single phase multilevel inverter topology capable of producing nine level output voltage with reduce device counts. In order to obtain the desired output voltage, dc sources are connected in all the combination of addition and subtraction through different switches. Proposed topology results in reduction of dc source, switch counts, losses, cost and size of the inverter. Comparison between the existing topologies shows that the proposed topology yields less component counts. Proposed topology is modeled and simulated using Matlab-Simulink software in order to verify the performance and feasibility of the circuit. A low frequency switching strategy is also proposed in this work. The results show that the proposed topology is capable to produce a nine-level output voltage with less number of component counts and acceptable harmonic distortion content.

KEYWORDS:

  1. Multilevel inverter
  2. Asymmetrical
  3. Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
  4. Low-frequency switching

 SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM:

Fig. 1. Proposed nine level inverter topology.

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

 

  • (a) Output voltage waveform
  • (b) Voltage Output Harmonic spectrum
  • (c) Load current waveform
  • (d) Load Current Harmonic spectrum
  • Fig. 2. Simulation Output results at 50Hz fundamental frequency for R =150ohm, L= 240, P.F = 0.9

(a) Output voltage waveform

  • (b) Voltage Output Harmonic spectrum

  • (c) Load current waveform
  • (d) Load Current Harmonic spectrum
  • Fig. 3. Simulation Output results at 50Hz fundamental frequency for R = 150ohm, L= 240, P.F = 0.9

CONCLUSION:

In this paper a new single-phase multilevel inverter topology is presented. Proposed topology is capable of producing nine-level output voltage with reduce device counts. It can be used in medium and high power application with unequal dc sources. Different modes of operation are discussed in detail. On the bases of device counts, the proposed topology is compared with conventional as well as other asymmetrical nine-level inverter topologies presented in literature. Comparative study shows that, for nine level output, the proposed topology requires lesser component counts then the conventional and other topologies. Proposed circuit is modeled in Matlab/Simulink environment. Results obtained shows that topology works properly. Detailed Simulation analysis is carried out. THD obtained in the output voltage is 8.95% whereas the each harmonic order is < 5%, satisfies harmonic Standard (IEEE-519).

 REFERENCES:

[1] J. Rodriguez, L. G. Franquelo, S. Kouro, J. I. Leon, R. C. Portillo, M. A. M. Prats and M. A. Perez, “Multilevel Converters: An Enabling Technology for High-Power Applications”, IEEE Proceeding, Vol 97, No. 11, pp.1786 – 1817, November 2009.

[2] J. R. Espinoza, “Inverter”, Power Electronics Handbook, M. H. Rashid, Ed. New York, NY, USA: Elsevier, 2001,pp. 225 -269.

[3] L. M. Tolbert and T. G. Habetler, “Novel multilevel inverter carrier based PWM method”, IEEE Transactions on Indsutrial Apllications”, Vol. 35, No. 5, pp. 1098-1107, September 1999.

[4] S. Debnath, J. Qin, B. Bahrani, M. Saeedifard and P. Barbosa, “Operation, Control and Applications of the Modular Multilevel Converter: A Review”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 37-53, January 2015.

[5] L. G. Franquelo, J. Rodriguez, J. I. Leon, S. Kouro, R. C. Portillo and M. A. M. Prats, “The Age of Multilevel Converters Arrives”, IEEE Industrial Electronics magazine, Vol. 2, No. 2 pp. 28-39, June 2008.