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A novel topology of zero-current-switching voltage-source PWM inverter for high-power applications

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1 Author(s)
P. Tomasin ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Padova Univ., Italy

A new scheme of a soft-switched voltage-source inverter (VSI) capable of true pulse-width modulation (PWM) is presented. It utilizes inductors in series with the main switches to limit di/dt during turn on, while the inductor energy is recovered by a resonant turn-off process, which is allowed by the presence of two auxiliary switches. As inductive di/dt snubbers are usually needed in high-power gate-turnoff (GTO) converters, the proposed topology offers a solution to the problem of snubber energy recovery. The control strategy explained in the paper allows both full-range PWM and minimization of stresses during the resonant commutation process. Results of a theoretical analysis and design criteria are reported in the paper. Examples of PWM control schemes are also described, both for analog (ramp-comparison-based) and digital (space-vector-based) implementations. Experimental results obtained from a small-size laboratory prototype are given

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IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 1 )