Current-Fed Multilevel Converters: An Overview of Circuit Topologies, Modulation Techniques, and Applications

Kulothungan Gnanasambandam, Akshay Kumar Rathore, Amarendra Edpuganti, Dipti Srinivasan, Jose Rodriguez

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Multilevel converters (MLCs) have emerged as standard power electronic converters in high power as well as quality demanding applications. They are classified into current-fed MLCs and voltage-fed MLCs. Voltage-fed MLCs have widely researched whereas the current-fed MLCs are the recent topic of research. Based on the principle of duality between voltage and current sources, several current-fed MLCs analogous to voltage-fed MLCs have been identified. Current-fed MLCs offer several advantages in terms of high power capability, transformerless operation, short-circuit protection, and excellent quality of output current waveform. The goal of this paper is: 1) to present review of circuit topologies, modulation schemes, and applications of current-fed MLCs; and 2) to review an emerging low-device switching frequency modulation technique known as synchronous optimal pulsewidth modulation for current-fed MLCs. The circuit configuration and advantages of each topology along with various modulation techniques are discussed in detail. Compared to voltage-fed MLCs, the operation of current-fed MLCs need to satisfy additional switching constraints. A survey of classical methods for realization of these operational constraints has been done and a new generalized method has been proposed. Finally, future scope of research has been presented to encourage further development of topologies and modulation techniques for current-fed MLCs.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo7501545
Páginas (desde-hasta)3382-3401
Número de páginas20
PublicaciónIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
EstadoPublicada - may. 2017

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  • Ingeniería eléctrica y electrónica


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