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Title: Active control of voltage ripples in power electronic converters
Author: Ming, Wen-Long
ISNI:       0000 0004 5921 8418
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2016
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Two major challenges, i.e., bulky electrolytic capacitors and isolation transformers, remain as critical obstacles for further improvement on reliability, power density and efficiency of power electronic converters, which are mainly used to reduce low-frequency voltage ripples and high-frequency common-mode voltage ripples, respectively. In order to overcome the two challenges, the most straightforward way is to simply combine existing solutions developed for each of them. However, this would considerably increase system complexity and cost, which should be avoided if possible. In this thesis, these two challenges are innovatively addressed in a holistic way by using active control techniques. This thesis first focuses on the reduction of low-frequency voltage ripples in conventional half-bridge converters, after adding an actively-controlled neutral leg. As a direct application of this strategy, a single-phase to three-phase conversion is then proposed. After that, a ρ-converter with only four switches is proposed to significantly reduce both low-frequency ripples and high-frequency common-mode ripples in a holistic way. It is found that the total capacitance can be reduced by more than 70 times compared to that in conventional full-bridge converters. As a result, there is no longer a need to use bulky electrolytic capacitors and isolation transformers. Then, the ρ-converter equipped with the synchronverter technology is operated as an inverter for PV applications. Another converter is also proposed for the same purpose but with reduced voltage stress. In order to further reduce the total capacitance and to reduce the neutral inductor in the ρ-converter, a new type of converter, called the θ-converter, is proposed. Finally, two actively-controlled ripple eliminators are proposed to reduce low-frequency ripples in general DC systems while the aforementioned research is focused on some specific topologies. Extensive experimental results are presented to validate most of the developed systems while the rest are validated with simulation results.
Supervisor: Zhong, Qing-Chang Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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