Cascaded 13 Level Inverter using Series Connection of SubMultilevel Inverters

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Cascaded 13 Level Inverter using Series Connection of SubMultilevel Inverters

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  1. PROPOSED GENERALIZED MULTILEVEL

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    To achieve the desired voltage and number of voltage levels The proposed submultilevel inverters is connected in series.

    Fig 1 shows the proposed sub multilevel inverter. As in Fig 1, the topology consists of n de voltage sources. In general, de voltage sources can have the different values. However, to have equal voltage steps, de voltage sources are considered to be the same and equal to Vdc. Each SMI consists of n + 2 number switches. Some of the switches in the circuit are unidirectional and the others are bidirectional. The unidirectional switche consist of an insulated gate bipolar transistor with diode connected antiparallel to it. The switches Sl, S_ 1 , S(n+2)/2 , and S_ (n+2)/2 are unidirectional and all other switches are bidirectional; hence, they have to be both positive and negative voltages. For instance, when S(n+2)/2 is

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    Fig 2 shows m submultilevel inverters connected in series. Each SMI has n number of de voltage source. The de voltage source in each SMI are equal. The output voltage of the SMI are always positive or zero. It is necessary to change the voltage polarity in every half cycle to operate as an inverter. For this purpose an H-bridge inverter is added to the output of the series connected SMI. It is important to note that the switches of the H-bridge must have higher voltage. This is to be considered in the design of the inverter. However, switches are turned ON and OFF once during a fundamental frequency cycle. hence, these switches would be high-voltage low­ frequency switches[3].

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    The proposed SMI can only generate zero and positive voltage levels. The zero output voltage is obtained when both the switches are turned ON at same instant. proper switching between the switches can generate other voltage levels. Table I shows the different states of the switches for each output voltage value. In this table, 1 means that the switch is turned ON and O indicates that the switch is in OFF state.

    Considering Fig. 1, for each value of the output voltage of SMI, two switches must be turned ON, one from the lower switches and the other one from the upper switches of the circuit. For example, to get output voltage of Vdc, the switches S_l and S2 are turned ON. the switches Sn/2 and S_ (n+2 )/2 should be turned ON in order to obtain the output voltage of (n – l)Vdc.

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  2. SIMULATION RESULTS

    For the simulation the load is an R load with the value of 45 Q . The output voltage frequency is assumed 50 Hz. There are many other control methods used for multilevel inverter. It can be observed that the staircase control method is used in this multilevel inverter. The term staircase control method is used to state that in this method, transition from one level to the other level happens once. This control method tends to generate a staircase voltage which minimizes the error with respect to the reference voltage.

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  3. CONCLUSION

A multilevel inverter with individual de sources has been proposed for use in large electric drives. Simulation results have shown that with the control strategy operates the switches at the fundamental frequency, the converters have low output voltage, Total Harmonic Distortion(THD), high efficacy and power factor.

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Fig 5 shows the output voltage of the cascaded submultilevel inverters. The polarity of the voltage is changed using the H­ bridge connected to the output of the submultilevel inverters. In the test condition (R = 45, Vo,max = 100 V), the power loss of the proposed multilevel inverter, shown in Fig. 5, is about 12W. However, the power loss of the asymmetric CHB topology with the same conditions (with the same value of voltage and load) is about 15.5 W. It can be as a result of the fact that in the following topology less semiconductor devices are in the current path in any instant of time in comparison with the asymmetric CHB topology. In this condition, active output power of the inverter is about 217 W.

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