New flying-capacitor-based multilevel converter with optimized number of switches and capacitors controlled with a new logic-form-equation based active voltage balancing technique

Vahid Dargahi, Arash Khoshkbar-Sadigh, Keith Corzine

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Abstract

The flying-capacitor-based multicell converter is one of the well-known breeds of multilevel power converters. This paper proposes a new flying-capacitor-based multilevel converter to minimize the number of flying capacitors (FCs) and power switches. The advantage of the proposed FC-based multilevel converter in comparison with the conventional flying capacitor multicell converter is the fewer number of FCs. In comparison with the stacked multicell converter, the proposed multilevel converter requires less number of the semiconductor switches. In order to balance the voltage of the FCs in proposed multilevel converter, a new active voltage balancing method which is fully implemented utilizing logic-form equations is presented. The proposed voltage balancing method, measures output current and FC voltages to generate switching states to produce the required output voltage level as well as balance FC voltages at their reference values. The output voltage of the proposed multilevel converter controlled with suggested active voltage balancing method can be modulated with any pulse-width-modulation (PWM) method such as phase-shifted-carrier PWM (PSC-PWM) or level-shifted-carrier PWM (LSC-PWM). Simulation results and experimental measurements of proposed FC-based multilevel are presented to verify performance of the proposed converter, and its novel switching and modulation strategy which is based on the active voltage balancing method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1481-1488
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467383936
DOIs
StatePublished - May 10 2016
Event31st Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2016Mar 24 2016

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC
Volume2016-May

Other

Other31st Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period3/20/163/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Dargahi, V., Khoshkbar-Sadigh, A., & Corzine, K. (2016). New flying-capacitor-based multilevel converter with optimized number of switches and capacitors controlled with a new logic-form-equation based active voltage balancing technique. In 2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016 (pp. 1481-1488). [7468064] (Conference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC; Vol. 2016-May). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/APEC.2016.7468064