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A Comprehensive Study of Harmonic Cancellation Effects in Interleaved Three-Phase VSCs

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3 Author(s)
Stephanie K. T. Miller ; Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590, USA ; Troy Beechner ; Jian Sun

This paper presents a systematic study of the effects of interleaving on three-phase voltage-sourced converters (VSC). Analytical results are developed for the spectra of converter phase currents, common-mode voltages, and dc-link currents for the general case of interleaving N parallel modules with a common dc link. It will be shown, both analytically and numerically, that ripple cancellation effects similar to what have been widely observed in buck dc-dc converters, that is, the elimination of harmonic sidebands other than those centered at TV multiples of the carrier frequency, can also be achieved by proper interleaved operation of N three-phase VSC modules. This will be shown to be true not only for the ac phase currents, as previously known, but also for the common-mode voltage as well as the dc-link current. Analytical results are also presented for the circulating current among parallel modules. Additionally, a relationship between interleaved VSCs and capacitor-clamped multilevel converters is established and used to extend the analytical results developed for interleaved VSCs to multilevel converters.

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2007 IEEE Power Electronics Specialists Conference

Date of Conference:

17-21 June 2007