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DC harmonic distortion minimization of thyristor converters under unbalanced voltage supply using asymmetrical firing angle

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4 Author(s)
E. Ngandui ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Ecole Polytech. de Montreal, Que., Canada ; G. Olivier ; G. -E. April ; C. Guimaraes

Noncharacteristic harmonics of significant magnitude are produced at the output and input terminals of phase-controlled power converters under unbalanced voltage supply conditions. The concept of switching functions has been proposed before to evaluate the harmonics produced by a phase-controlled six-pulse power converter under both balanced and unbalanced power supply conditions. This paper extends the switching-functions approach to establish analytical equations for the DC output voltage harmonics produced by 12-, 18-, and 24-pulse power converters. The problem is approached from the standpoint of symmetrical voltage components. The increase in distortion under unbalance is caused by the appearance of a second harmonic component. A method, based on an asymmetrical firing angle, to cancel the second harmonic at the power converter output under unbalanced voltage supply is also presented. Cancellation of the second harmonic improves power converter DC output voltage quality

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IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics  (Volume:12 ,  Issue: 2 )