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A simple five-level inverter topology for induction motor drive using conventional two-level inverters and flying capacitor technique

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5 Author(s)
Sivakumar, K. ; CEDT, Indian Inst. of Sci., Bangalore, India ; Das, A. ; Ramchand, R. ; Patel, C.
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This paper proposes a new five-level inverter topology for open-end winding induction motor (IM) drive. The popular existing circuit configurations for five-level inverter include the NPC inverter and flying capacitor topologies. Compared to the NPC inverter, the proposed topology eliminates eighteen clamping diodes having different voltage ratings in the present circuit. Moreover it requires only one capacitor bank per phase, whereas flying capacitor schemes for five level topologies require six capacitor banks per phase. The proposed topology is realized by feeding the phase winding of an open-end induction motor with two-level inverters in series with flying capacitors. The flying capacitor voltages are balanced using the switching state redundancy for full modulation range. The proposed inverter scheme is capable of producing two-level to five-level pulse width modulated voltage across the phase winding depending on the modulation range. Additionally, in case of any switch failure in the flying capacitor connection, the proposed inverter topology can be operated as a three-level inverter for full modulation range. The proposed scheme is experimentally verified on a four pole, 5 hp induction motor drive.

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Industrial Electronics, 2009. IECON '09. 35th Annual Conference of IEEE

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3-5 Nov. 2009