A Two-Level, 48-Pulse Voltage Source Converter for HVDC Systems


This paper deals with an analysis, modeling and control of a two level 48-pulse voltage source converter for High Voltage DC (HVDC) system. A set of two-level 6-pulse voltage source converters (VSCs) is used to form a 48-pulse converter operated at fundamental frequency switching (FFS). The performance of the VSC system is improved in terms of reduced harmonics level at FFS and THD (Total Harmonic Distribution) of voltage and current is achieved within the IEEE 519 standard. The performance of the VSC is studied in terms of required reactive power compensation, improved power factor and reduced harmonics distortion. Simulation results are presented for the designed two level multipulse converter to demonstrate its capability. The control algorithm is disused in detail for operating the converter at fundamental frequency switching.


Two-Level Voltage Source Converter

HVDC Systems


Fundamental Frequency Switching





Fig. 1 A 48-Pulse voltage source converter based HVDC system configuration



Fig. 2 Steady state performance of proposed 48-pulse voltage source converter

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Fig. 3 Dynamic performance of proposed 48-pulse voltage source converter

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 Fig. 4 Waveforms and harmonic spectra of 48-pulse converter (a) supply voltage (b) supply current (c) converter voltage


A 48-pulse two-level voltage source converter has been designed, modeled and controlled for back-to-back HVDC system. The transformer connections with appropriate phase shift have been used to realize a 48-pulse converter along with a control scheme using a set of two level six pulse converters. The operation of the designed converter configuration has been simulated and tested in steady sate and transient conditions which have demonstrated the quite satisfactory converter operation. The characteristic harmonics of the system has also improved by the proposed converter configuration.


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