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Current injection-based DC-link capacitance estimation using support vector regression

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1 Author(s)
A. G. Abo-Khalil ; Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Assiut University, Assiut, Egypt

A novel online capacitance estimation method for a DC-link capacitor in a three-phase back-to-back pulse width modulation (PWM) converter is proposed. A controlled AC current with a frequency lower than the line frequency is injected into the input side, which then causes AC voltage ripples at the DC output side. With this AC voltage component extracted by band-pass filters, the capacitance is estimated by the support vector regression method without measuring the DC-link current. A function that defines the relation between a given capacitor power and its corresponding capacitance is determined using a set of training data. This function is then used to predict the output for the given input which is not included in the training set. The proposed method can simply be implemented with only software and no additional hardware. Experimental results confirm that the estimation error is less than 0.146%.

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IET Power Electronics  (Volume:5 ,  Issue: 1 )