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This paper introduces the methodology and the results of a comprehensive comparison of a direct matrix converter (MC), an indirect MC, and a voltage dc-link back-to-back converter for a 15-kW permanent magnet synchronous motor drive. The comparison involves the investigation of the passive components, including the EMI input filter, the required silicon chip area for a defined maximum admissible thermal loading of the power semiconductors, the total losses and/or achievable efficiency, a prediction of the resulting volume and weight of the passive components, and, finally, a tradeoff study between the efficiency, volume, and weight of the converters. Different performance indicators that ultimately allow a systematic determination of the application area of each converter topology are provided with this comparative evaluation.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2012