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Current ripple is generated by pulse width modulation (PWM) switching in multiphase voltage source converters (VSCs). This letter introduces a general and fast current ripple prediction method for multiphase VSCs with arbitrary phase numbers. An equivalent converter-load model is derived for the n -phase converter system. By combining the common-mode voltage of both converter terminal and load, the equivalent circuit for each phase can be modeled. The voltage dropping on the ac inductor can be calculated for the 2 n + 2 zones in each switching cycle based on the equivalent circuit for each phase. Then the current ripple can be reconstructed based on the linear di/dt model in each zone. Simulation examples of five- and six-phase converters prove that the current prediction method is accurate. With this real-time prediction method, the current ripple can be controlled in application. An application example of five-phase variable switching frequency PWM is introduced to control the peak current ripple and reduce the switching losses.