Modular multilevel converters (MMC) represent an interesting and emerging topology in medium-voltage motor drive applications. The main challenge of using such a topology in variable-speed drives is the large voltage ripple of submodule capacitors at low speed with constant torque. In this paper, an improved circulating current injection method is proposed, which does not completely eliminate the capacitor voltage ripple, but maintains it bounded within reasonable values. As a result, magnitude of injected circulating current is reduced, leading to converter efficiency improvement and reduction of semiconductor current ratings. Dimensioning of submodule capacitance is also discussed, which is an important consideration when designing the MMCs in variable-speed drives. The proposed method has been successfully validated by simulation and experimental results.

An Improved Circulating Current Injection Method for Modular Multilevel Converters in Variable-Speed Drives

BUCCELLA, CONCETTINA;CECATI, Carlo
2016-01-01

Abstract

Modular multilevel converters (MMC) represent an interesting and emerging topology in medium-voltage motor drive applications. The main challenge of using such a topology in variable-speed drives is the large voltage ripple of submodule capacitors at low speed with constant torque. In this paper, an improved circulating current injection method is proposed, which does not completely eliminate the capacitor voltage ripple, but maintains it bounded within reasonable values. As a result, magnitude of injected circulating current is reduced, leading to converter efficiency improvement and reduction of semiconductor current ratings. Dimensioning of submodule capacitance is also discussed, which is an important consideration when designing the MMCs in variable-speed drives. The proposed method has been successfully validated by simulation and experimental results.
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