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Harmonic cancellation by mixing nonlinear single-phase and three-phase loads

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3 Author(s)
Hansen, S. ; Danfoss Drives AS, Graasten, Denmark ; Nielsen, P. ; Blaabjerg, F.

The voltage on the distribution line is, in most cases, distorted even at no load of the transformer. This is due to the “background” distortion on the medium-voltage line caused by the large number of single-phase nonlinear loads, such as PCs, TVs, VCRs, etc. This paper proposes a method to mix single-phase and three-phase nonlinear loads and reduce the harmonic currents significantly. The dependence of the phase angle of the harmonic currents as a function of the short-circuit impedance is investigated using SABER for the three-phase and the single-phase diode rectifier both with and without DC-link inductance. The phase angle of the fifth harmonic current of a three-phase diode rectifier is always in counterphase with the fifth harmonic current of a single-phase diode rectifier. This leads to the conclusion that adding three-phase rectifier load can actually improve the power quality at the transformer. This is also validated by a number of on-site measurements in several applications of three-phase adjustable-speed drives

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:36 ,  Issue: 1 )