Standalone Operation of Modified Seven-Level Packed U-Cell (MPUC) Single-Phase Inverter

ABSTRACT:

In this paper the standalone operation of the modified seven-level Packed U-Cell (MPUC) inverter is given and consider. The MPUC inverter has two DC sources and six switches, which cause seven voltage levels at the output. Compared to cascaded H-bridge and neutral point clamp multilevel inverters, the MPUC inverter generates a higher number of voltage levels using fewer components. The experimental results of the MPUC prototype validate the appropriate operation of the multilevel inverter dealing with various load types including motor, linear, and nonlinear ones. The design considerations, including output AC voltage RMS value, switching frequency, and switch voltage rating, as well as the harmonic analysis of the output voltage waveform, are taken into account to prove the advantages of the introduced multilevel inverter.

KEYWORDS:

1. Multilevel inverter
2. Packed u-cell
3. Power quality
4. Multicarrier PWM
5. Renewable energy conversion

SOFTWARE: MATLAB/SIMULINK

CIRCUIT DIAGRAM:

Figure 1. Single-phase seven-level MPUC inverter in standalone mode of operation

EXPECTED SIMULATION RESULTS:

Figure 2. Seven-level MPUC inverter output voltage and current with DC source voltages. Ch1: V1,
Ch2: V2, Ch3: Vab, Ch4: il.

Figure 3. One cycle of output voltage and gate pulses of MPUC inverter switches. Ch1: Vab, Ch2: T1
gate pulses, Ch3: T2 gate pulses, Ch4: T3 gate pulses

Figure 4. MPUC inverter switches’ voltage ratings. Ch1: Vab, Ch2: T1 voltage, Ch3: T2 voltage, Ch4:
T3 voltage. and nonlinear). The step-by-step process for connecting loads is depicted in Figure 7, which show

Fig.5. Test results when a nonlinear load is connected to the MPUC inverter.Ch1 :Vab :Ch4 :il.

Figure 6. Output voltage and current waveform of MPUC inverter when different loads are added
step by step. Ch1: Vab, Ch4: il. (A) Transient state when nonlinear load is added to the RL load (left)
and after a while a motor load is added to the system (right); (B) steady state when a nonlinear load is
added to the RL load (left) and after a while a motor load is added to the system (right).

Figure 7. Voltage and current waveform of MPUC inverter with RMS calculation for 120 V system.

CONCLUSION:

In this paper a reconfigured PUC inverter topology has been presented and studied experimentally. The proposed MPUC inverter can generate a seven-level voltage waveform at the output with low harmonic contents. The associated switching algorithm has been designed and implemented on the introduced MPUC topology with reduced switching frequency aspect. Switches’ frequencies and ratings have been investigated experimentally to validate the good dynamic performance of the proposed topology. Moreover, the comparison of MPUC to the CHB multilevel inverter showed other advantages of the proposed multilevel inverter topology, including fewer components, a lower manufacturing price, and a smaller package due to reduced filter size.
Author Contributions: All authors contributed equally to the work presented in this paper.
Funding: This research received no external funding.
Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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