Diode Clamped Three Level Inverter Using Sinusoidal PWM



An inverter is a circuit which converts dc power into ac power at desired output voltage and frequency. The ac output voltage can be fixed at a fixed or variable frequency. This conversion can be achieved by controlled turn ON & turn OFF or by forced commutated thyristors depending on applications. The output voltage waveform of a practical inverter is non sinusoidal but for high power applications low distorted sinusoidal waveforms are required. The filtering of harmonics is not feasible when the output voltage frequency varies over a wide range. There is need for alternatives. Three level Neutral Point Clamped inverter is a step towards it.


  1. Harmonics
  2. Inverter
  3. THD
  4. PWM



Figure1.Diode clamped three level inverter



 Figure2. Upper triangular pulse width modulation

Figure3. lower triangular pulse width modulation

Figure4. three level voltage waveform

Figure5.Matlab model of three level inverter feeding induction motor

 Figure 6. stator waveform of three level inverter


In normal inverters odd harmonics are present which causes distortion of the output waveform. By using the “THREE LEVEL DIODECLAMPED INVERTER” we can eliminate some number of harmonics hence increasing the efficiency of the inverter.


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Simulation Analysis of SVPWM Inverter Fed Induction Motor Drives


In this paper represent the simulation analysis ofspace vector pulse width modulated(SVPWM) inverter fedInduction motor drives. The main objective of this paper isanalysis of Induction motor with SVPWM fed inverter and harmonic analysis of voltages & current. for control of IMnumber of Pulse width modulation (PWM) schemes are used tofor variable voltage and frequency supply. The most commonlyused PWM schemes for three-phase voltage source inverters(VSI) are sinusoidal PWM (SPWM) and space vector PWM(SVPWM). There is an increasing trend of using space vectorPWM (SVPWM) because of it reduces harmonic content involtage, Increase fundamental output voltage by 15% & smoothcontrol of IM. So, here present Modeling & Simulation ofSVPWM inverter fed Induction motor drive inMATLAB/SIMULINK software. The results of Total HarmonicDistortion (THD), Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of current areobtained in MATLAB/Simulink software.


  1. Inverter
  2. VSI
  3. SPWM
  4. SVPWM
  5. IM drive



  Figure 1.Simulation Block Diag. of SVPWM Three level inverter with IM load



Figure 2 Inverter Line voltage

Figure 3 Inverter Line currents

Figure 4 Stator Current

Figure 5 Rotor Current

Figure 6 Mechanical Speed

Figure 7 Torque

Figure 8 Harmonic (FFT) Analysis of Line current


The SVPWM Inverter fed induction motor driveModeling & then simulation is done in MATLAB/SIMULINK 12. From simulation results of THD & FFT analysis concluded that SVPWM technique is better overall PWM techniques which gives less THD in Inverter current 4.89%., which under the permissible limit.


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