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This paper investigates the impact of input voltage unbalance and sags on stresses in the dc-bus choke inductor and dc-bus electrolytic capacitors of adjustable-speed drives (ASDs). These stresses are primarily attributable to the rectifier's transition into single-phase operation, giving rise to low-order harmonic voltages (120 Hz, 240 Hz, etc.) that are applied to the dc-link filter components. These harmonics elevate the ac-flux densities in the dc choke core material significantly above values experienced during normal balanced-excitation conditions, causing additional core losses and potential magnetic saturation of the core. It is shown that the effects of voltage unbalances and sags on the dc-link capacitor lifetime will be the same when either line inductors or a dc-link choke inductor are used if the dc choke-inductance value is twice the value of the line inductance. Simulations and experimental tests are used to verify the accuracy of predictions provided by closed-form analysis and simulation for a 5-hp or 3730-W ASD system.