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This paper describes a hybrid active filter intended for mitigating the line-side harmonic currents of a three-phase 12-pulse diode rectifier used as the front end of a medium-voltage high-power motor drive. This hybrid filter is characterized by series connection of a simple LC filter and a small-rated active filter. This circuit configuration brings low cost, small size, and light weight to the hybrid filter. A three-phase experimental system rated at 400 V and 15 kW is designed, constructed, and tested, which is a downscaled model of the medium-voltage motor drive system. In this experiment, the LC filter is tuned to the 11th-harmonic frequency, and the active filter is based on a three-level neutral-point-clamped pulsewidth modulation converter (NPC PWM) with a dc capacitor voltage as low as 28 V. This hybrid filter is connected on either first or fourth winding of a line-frequency transformer with a first Δ-winding voltage of 400 V in the primary, and a second Δ-winding voltage of 220 V, a third Y-winding voltage of 220 V, and a fourth Δ-winding voltage of 400 V in the secondary. Experimental results show that the hybrid filter performs satisfactory filtering in a range from no-load to full-load conditions.
Date of Publication: Jan. 2012