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This paper proposes a new method to model the harmonic generating characteristics of AC/DC converters. The model transforms the time domain nonlinear characteristic of the converter into a frequency domain linear admittance matrix. The matrix represents the coupling among the converter AC side harmonic voltages and currents accurately and it does not vary with the harmonic conditions of the system. The proposed model opens up a new way to conduct harmonic power flow studies. This paper presents the theoretical foundation and analytical derivation of the admittance model for both single-phase and three-phase bridge rectifiers. Potential applications of the model are discussed.
Date of Publication: Nov. 2007