Mukherjee, Sarbani and Giri, Santu Kumar and Kundu, Sourabh and Banerjee, Subrata (2019) A Generalized Discontinuous PWM Scheme for Three-Level NPC Traction Inverter With Minimum Switching Loss for Electric Vehicles. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 55 (1). pp. 516-528.

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A discontinuous pulsewidth modulation (DPWM) strategy for three-level neutral-point-clamped (NPC) traction inverter drive for electric vehicles (EVs) with minimum switching loss for the full power factor (PF) range is developed and presented in this paper. Considering the dynamic loading conditions in an EV propelled by an induction motor (IM), the discontinuous modulation strategy is generalized to obtain minimum switching loss for a wide variations in load PF and modulation depth. The dynamic operating conditions in EV may render frequent unbalances in dc-link capacitor voltages in NPC inverter. It is demonstrated that the addition of an appropriate offset signal with the reference discontinuous signals generates compensating neutral current in the right direction, which can be used to mitigate existing unbalance in two dc-link capacitor voltages. Minimum switching loss at variable PF is attained by positioning the nonswitching clamped regions of the reference auxiliary signals according to the load PF. The effectiveness of the proposed scheme for a wide range of torque/speed variations is studied through simulation by developing a MATLAB/SIMULINK model of an IM traction inverter drive with field-oriented control strategy for closed loop control. Finally, the modulation scheme is validated through experimentation in a small-scale prototype NPC inverter with motor loads.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Power electronics
Depositing User: Dr. Arup Kr. Nandi
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2020 08:11
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2020 08:11

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