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Modified Phase-Shifted PWM Control for Flying Capacitor Multilevel Converters

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3 Author(s)
Chunmei Feng ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Imperial Coll., London ; Jun Liang ; Agelidis, V.G.

The issue of voltage imbalance remains a challenge for the flying capacitor multilevel converter. The phase-shifted pulsewidth modulation (PS-PWM) method has a certain degree of self-balancing properties. However, the method alone is not sufficient to maintain balanced capacitor voltages in practical applications. The paper proposes a closed-loop modified PS-PWM control method by incorporating a novel balancing algorithm. The algorithm takes advantage of switching redundancies to adjust the switching times of selected switching states and thus maintaining the capacitor voltages balanced without adversely affecting the system's performance. Key techniques of the proposed control method, including selection of switching states, calculation of adjusting times for the selected states, and determination of new switching instants of the modified PS-PWM are described and analyzed. Simulation and experimental results are presented to confirm the feasibility of the proposed method

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Power Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 1 )