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Title: Development of pulse-width-modulation techniques for multi-phase and multi-leg voltage source inverters
Author: Dujic, Dražen
ISNI:       0000 0001 3434 2947
Awarding Body: Liverpool John Moores University
Current Institution: Liverpool John Moores University
Date of Award: 2008
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A huge body of work has been published in recent times in the area of multi-phase machines and drives. Many aspects of these drives have been analysed, such as reduction of torque pulsations, increased reliability and fault tolerance, improved power sharing capabilities and possibilities for realisation of series-connected multi-motor drives with supply coming from a single multi-phase voltage source inverter (VSI). Various pulse width modulation (PWM) schemes have been developed for multi-phase machines with concentrated and distributed windings, utilising both carrier-based PWM and space vector PWM (SVPWM) approaches. However, no systematic analysis has been performed in order to determine properties of multi-phase PWM in general, and to establish close correlation between carrier-based PWM and space vertor PWM, for multi-phase VSIs. This thesis presents an analysis and development of multi-phase PWM schemes for sinusoidal output voltage generation with two-level muhi-phase VSIs, which are suitable for multi-phase machines with distributed windings. Therefore, attention is paid to the elimination of low order harmonics. The scope of the thesis has been narrowed down to the continuous PWM schemes and operation in the linear region of the modulation only. Both multi-phase carrier-based PWM and SVPWM schemes are considered, and, in particular, five-phase, seven-phase e-phase systems are addressed in detail. Thus, a strong link between these two different approaches is established, allowing for an easier comparison of the features offered by each method. All PWM schemes are practically implemented in a DSP and experimentally verified through extensive experimentation on the custom-built multi-phase VSI. In addition to the methods of sinusoidal output voltage generation, achieved by means of the synthesis of the reference in only the first plane of the multi-phase system with simultaneous zeroing of voltages in all the other planes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering