A New Three-Level Active Neutral-Point-Clamped (A-NPC) Multilevel Converter Topology

Vahid Dargahi, Keith A. Corzine, Arash Khoshkbar Sadigh

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new three-level active neutral-point-clamped (A-NPC) converter topology. The classic three-level A-NPC converter's phase-leg (per-phase) comprises the four line-frequency (LF) and two full-cycle-switched high-frequency (HF) pulse-width-modulation (PWM) power switches such as the insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs). The phase-leg of the proposed A-NPC topology is realized utilizing four half-cycle-switched HF-PWM and two LF IGBTs. The LF-IGBTs within the proposed three-level A-NPC configuration are gated ON excluding the application of any dead-time, and maintained turned-on concurrently during the commutation of the LF switches for generating the intermediate voltage-level of zero. This overlap of the gating pulses throughout the voltage-level transition provides the soft-commutation and shoot-through condition for LF IGBTs, and makes these power switch devices to be turned-on simultaneously that increases the efficiency. The experimental results are provided to compare the switching characteristics of both classic and the proposed A-NPC converter topologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationIECON 2019 - 45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages3499-3504
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728148786
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2019
Event45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: Oct 14 2019Oct 17 2019

Publication series

NameIECON Proceedings (Industrial Electronics Conference)
Volume2019-October

Conference

Conference45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, IECON 2019
CountryPortugal
CityLisbon
Period10/14/1910/17/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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