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 Authors : K. Aravinda Shilpa , Dr. K. Ramasudha
 Paper ID : IJERTV9IS050540
 Volume & Issue : Volume 09, Issue 05 (May 2020)
 Published (First Online): 01062020
 ISSN (Online) : 22780181
 Publisher Name : IJERT
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Asymmetrical Multilevel Inverter with Low THD
K. Aravinda Shilpa
Research Scholar Department of Electrical Engineering
Andhra University College of Engineering(A) Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
Dr. K. Ramasudha
Professor
Department of Electrical Engineering Andhra University College of Engineering(A)
Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh
AbstractMultilevel inverter is a new family of converters for DCAC conversion for medium and high voltage and power applications. In this paper a new topology has been proposed with lesser number of switches for the generation of nearly sinusoidal output voltage [1]. This is an asymmetrical 15 level multilevel inverter topology with less number of switches. The THD of the output across the load is less which promotes to better activity of the inverter and as a result overall efficiency of the system increases. The output results and FFT analysis of asymmetrical 15 level multilevel inverter topology are ascertained by utilizing MATLAB/SIMULINK software.
Index terms MLI, Asymmetrical, Pulse width modulation technique, Switching scheme, Total Harmonic Distortion.
I INTRODUCTION
As of late the propensity to produce power from renewable energy sources is expanding. Simultaneously the power rating of photograph voltaic power plants, wind turbines and renewable equipment expanded quickly.
A circuit which changes over DC power into AC power at wanted output voltage and frequency is an Inverter. The AC output voltage could be fixed at fixed or variable frequency. The controlled turn on and turnoff or by constrained commutated thyristors relying upon the applications could achieve this change. thyristors should be utilized for high power output. For low and medium voltage applications Square wave or Quasi square wave voltages might be adequate and for high force applications low distorted sinusoidal wave structures are required. For this low distorted sinusoidal wave structures staggered inverters are utilized, as they produce almost sinusoidal waveform which has low THD and low dv/dt proportion which will be more in a conventional inverter [4] . Because of the popularity for medium power converters and high
The configuration of proposed topology is shown in fig.1
power converters staggered inverters are a convenient and intriguing test with regards to the field of intensity hardware [3]. The zones of enthusiasm for the present analysts are the new staggered topologies that can give lower THD and high productivity, particularly at high force levels. New thoughts and research have been given and inquired about by specialists.
The progression in the field of intensity electronic has improved the use of highpower medium voltage drive applications in the mechanical field. The dv/dt and the harmonics should be limited by the presentation of more levels in the yield voltage so as to show signs of improvement execution of medium voltage and highpower electric drive [6]. The output voltage produced from the multilevel inverter is at high frequency and low switching frequency with low distortions.
II PROPOSED TOPOLOGY
The proposed topology is modeled so as to acquire lesser THD with reduced number of switches for fifteen level multilevel inverter. This topology requires three dc voltage sources and thirteen switches to synthesis 15 levels across the load. This is an asymmetrical 15 level MLI topology using sinusoidal pulse width modulation technique. In this asymmetrical MLI, the dc source magnitudes are unequal and it is designed by binary form of voltage such as Vdc,2Vdc and 4Vdc.The THD of the output waveform decreases as the number of levels increases. The overall efficiency of the system increases as the THD of output across load diminishes. This prompts the better activity of inverter. In this topology the THD of the system is very much reduced.
III CIRCUIT DIAGRAM

SWITCHING SCHEME
Fig.1 Circuit diagram for the proposed topology
Pulse width modulation (PWM) is a modulation technique utilized in most communication system for ciphering the amplitude of the signal right width or duration of another signal usually a carrier signal.
A Multilevel inverter control scheme can be classified according to switching frequencies as fundamental switching frequency control and high switching frequency PWM control. The sinusoidal pulse width modulation technique is generally well known among all and broadly utilized in modern applications [2]. It is basic and more adaptable than SVM technique. SPWM technique uses several carrier waves and one reference wave per phase. The number of carrier waves used will be (n1) where n is number of levels. The switching strategy comes under level shift pulse width modulation technique. The SPWM level shift can be further be classified as:

Phase disposition (SPWMPD)

Phase opposition and disposition (SPWMPOD)

Alternate Phase opposition and disposition (SPWM APOD)
Advantages of multicarrier PWM techniques

Easily extensible to high number of levels.

Easy to execute.

To distribute the switching signals accurately so as to limit the switching losses.

To compensate unbalanced dc sources.
Out of these techniques of SPWM we have used Phase opposition and disposition technique in the switching scheme to trigger the gate circuit as it has most reduced linetoline harmonic voltage distortion is achieved by it. To build a 15 level output waveform through the LS SPWM strategy 14 carrier waves are required. Here in this, positive seven carrier waveforms are out of phase with negative seven carrier waveforms
Switching pulse for s6
/
Switching pulse for s7
Fig 2 Schematic arrangement of the SPWMPOD strategy with carrier and sinusoidal reference wave


SWITCHING PULSES
The switching sequence for every 13 switches utilized in the fifteenlevel inverter configuration is appeared in following diagrams
Switching pulse for S1
Switching pulse for S2
Switching pulse for S3
Switching pulse for S4
Switching pulse for s5
Switching pulse for S8
Switching pulse for S9
Switching pulse for S10
Switching pulse for S11
Switching pulse for S12
Switching pulse for S13

MATHEMATICAL MODELLING
By utilizing this topology, the number of levels synthesized can be increased by increasing the no of sources. As the number of levels increases the no of switches used also increases. The higher the no of levels, the lower the no of switches used for synthesizing these levels compared with
the no of switches used for the lower levels [5]. Generalized formulas have been proposed for these topologies for obtaining the voltage levels and the no of switches used as the no of sources increased. In this manner, The number of levels that can synthesized using the proposed topology is
N=2(n+1)1 (1)
Where N represents the number of levels and n represents the voltage sources.
The number of switches used that can be used for the topology is
inverter requires a variety of blocking switches then the cost of the inverter is too high. The voltage blocking depends on the topology of the inverter. Power switches are used to open and close a circuit. At the point when a circuit is opened, current moving through it is interfered. Change in current with small change in time(di/dt) will be very high. This causes the switches to melt or fuse. The maximum voltage that each switch experiences at its OFF state with ut being damaged is called voltage stress.
Switch
Corresponding voltage stress
S1
V1+V2
S2
V1+V2
S3, S11
V3
S4
V2+V3
S5, S12
V2+V3
S6, S13
V1+V3
S7
V3
S8
V3
S9
V1+V2
S10
V1+V2+V3
Switch
Corresponding voltage stress
S1
V1+V2
S2
V1+V2
S3, S11
V3
S4
V2+V3
S5, S12
V2+V3
S6, S13
V1+V3
S7
V3
S8
V3
S9
V1+V2
S10
V1+V2+V3
The voltage stress across each switch is given in the below
S=5n2 (2)
Where S represents the switches
and n represents the voltage sources used.

VOLTAGE STRESS
A significant parameter which determines the expenses of the multilevel inverter is the blocking voltage of the power switches as well as the DC voltage sources. If the proposed

SWITCHING TABLE
Utilizing appropriate switching combinations we acquire the desired output level of the 15 levels multilevel inverter
.The output waveform contains fifteen voltage levels with
both positive and negative half cycles along with a zero level . Switching sequence for the proposed topology is indicated the underneath table 1
V1=1volt; V2=2volt; V3=4volt 1=TURN ON and 0=TURN OFF.
Table 1. switching sequence for the proposed topology

SIMULATION RESULTS
In this paper MATLAB/SIMULINK is utilized for simulation. In SIMULINK the 15 level inverter circuit is simulated and result of output voltage and THD are shown in following figures. The output waveform has 7 levels in both positive and negative half cycle that include zero level
that happen twice in a cycle. This voltage level are achieved with the help of three asymmetric voltage sources. The simulation results for the 15 level multilevel inverter is shown in the figure 3
Fig 3: simulation result for the 15 level multilevel inverter.

TOTAL HARMONIC DISTORTIONS
Fig 4.FFT analysis for proposed topology
The circuit simulation is done in MATLAB and the output current waveform is analyzed for THD utilizing FFT method. From the figure 4 we can conclude that the number of harmonics present in the output and the THD is found to be 2.79% for the fundamental frequency of50HZ.

COMPARISON OF THD FOR DIFFERENT CARRIER WAVES
Analysis which was done for different carrier waves such as triangular, trapezoidal, ramp and sawtooth and reverse sawtooth signal with a sine wave as reference at a fundamental frequency of 50hz.
Fig 5. Comparison of THDS for different carrier waves
The following chart provides the analysis of THD% for above simulation using different carrier waves at a fundamental frequency of 50Hz.we can conclude that the SPWM technique using triangular wave as carrier wave seems to be efficient. It is because the THD and harmonic elimination for the triangular wave is less as compared with the other waves as carrier signal.

COMPARISON OF THD FOR DIFFERENT MODULATION TECHNIQUES
Analysis is done for different modulation techniques with triangular wave as carrier and sine wave as reference for a fundamental frequency of 50hz. The following chart provides the analysis of THD % for above simulation. From the above analysis we can say that the scheme of SPWMPOD provides lower THD as compared to other two of the SPWM technique.
Fig 6. THD analysis for different modulation technique

COMPARISON OF THIRD HARMONICS FOR DIFFERENT CARRIER WAVES
One of the significant impacts of power system harmonics is to increase the current in the system. This is simply because of the 3rd harmonics which causes the sharp increment in zero sequence current and this leads to increase in the current of neutral conductors due to which overheating of neutral wires, windings, losses in power generation and transmission. 3rd harmonics for various carrier waves of triangular, ramp, saw tooth reverse saw tooth and trapezoidal at a frequency of 50 Hz is done.
Fig7. Comparison of 3rd harmonics for different carrier waves.
Comparison of 3rd harmonics for with different carrier waves with sine wave as reference for fundamental frequency of 50hz. From the analysis we can conclude that 3rd harmonics are much lower in triangular as carrier wave

COMPARISON OF 3RD HARMONICS FOR DIFFERENT MODULATION TECHNIQUES
FIG 8. comparison of 3rd harmonics for different modulation techniques
Here analysis is done for 50HZ for sinusoidal pulse width modulation techniques using triangular wave as carrier. Out of which third harmonics are much reduced in SPWM APOD technique.

CONCLUSION
A new topology has been proposed for the 15level asymmetrical multi level inverter with lower THD. They are broadly satisfactory for power application ranges in medium and high power due to their advantages. The main purpose of MLI is to provide limit over the total harmonic distortion (THD), electromagnetic interference (EMI), voltage stress on the switches and dv/dt problem and hence it is mostly preferred in recent concepts due to its benefits. SPWM technique used for producing low total harmonic distortion without the usage of the filter. The simulations are done in MATLAB/SIMULINK. Here the output has maximum output voltage of 7v for DC voltage values of 1,2 and 4 v respectively. For practical load purpose the DC voltages can be adjusted to get 230v. From the FFT analysis we can observe that the Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is obtained as 2.79%. The simulation and experimental results show that the THD of the proposed inverter is considerably alleviated.

FUTURE SCOPE
The number of levels got by this topology can be reached out by increasing the number of voltage sources. The THD of the output diminishes for expanding the number of levels. By combining the singlephase subsystem of 15 level multilevel inverter topology to 3 subsystems we can develop a 3phase subsystem to run motors.

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