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Title: Current-source-based low frequency inverter topology
Authors: Moghadam, Mansour Salehi
Advisors: Darwish, M
Keywords: Multilevel inverter;Less number of semiconductor;Multistage output voltage;Buck and Boost inverter;Flyback inverter
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Brunel University London
Abstract: A DC to AC inverter can be classified in different topologies; some of these topologies are three level and multilevel inverter. Both types have some advantages and disadvantages. Three level inverters can be applied for low power applications because it is cheaper and has less semiconductor losses at high switching frequencies with poor total harmonic distortion (THD). Multilevel inverters (MLI) can be applied for higher power applications with less THD. However, the MLI has more cost and conductive power losses in comparison with three level inverters. In order to overcome the limitations of three and multilevel topologies, this thesis presents a new controlling topology of multilevel DC/AC inverters. The proposed multilevel inverter topology is based on a current source inverter, which consists of a buck/boost, boost and flyback converters, and an H-bridge inverter. The output voltage of the inverter is shaped through the control of just one main semiconductor switch. This new topology offers almost step-less output voltage without the need for multi DC source or several capacitor banks as in the case of other multilevel inverter topologies. The efficiency of the proposed topology is higher than other inverter topologies for medium power applications (2-10 kW). The proposed topology also generates smaller Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) compared to other inverter topologies. The two main key aspects of the proposed circuit is to keep the switching losses as low as possible and this is achieved through the control of a single switch at relatively low frequency and also to generate an improved AC Voltage waveform without the need for any filtering devices. The output frequency and voltage of the proposed circuit can be easily controlled according to the load requirements. The proposed inverter topology is ideal for the connection of renewable energy; this is due to its flexibility in varying its output voltage without the need of fixed turns-ratio transformers used in existing DC/AC inverter topologies. The harmonic contents of the output of this proposed topology can be controlled without the need of any filter. The simulation and practical implementation of the proposed circuits are presented. The practical and simulation results show excellent correlation
Description: This thesis was submitted for the award of Doctor of Philosophy and was awarded by Brunel University London
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