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This paper presents a novel autotransformer-based 24-pulse AC-DC converter feeding vector-controlled induction motor drives (VCIMDs) for improving power quality at the point of common coupling. The DC-ripple-reinjection technique is used in achieving the pulse multiplication in a 12-pulse AC-DC converter. The design of the proposed autotransformer is given, and necessary modifications are made in it to provide the same output DC voltage as a 6-pulse diode-bridge AC-DC converter to make it suitable for retrofit applications. The proposed 24-pulse AC-DC converter is found capable of suppressing up to the 21st harmonics in the supply current along with the power-factor improvement close to unity in the wide operating range of the drive. A set of power-quality indexes at input AC mains and on DC bus for a VCIMD fed from various AC-DC converters are also given to compare their performance. A prototype of the proposed autotransformer-based 24-pulse AC-DC converter is developed, and test results are presented to validate the developed design procedure and the simulation models of this AC-DC converter under varying loads.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2008