Extended operation of flying capacitor multilevel inverters

Jing Huang, K. Corzine
Conference Record of the 2004 IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2004. 39th IAS Annual Meeting.  
Recent research in flying capacitor multilevel inverters (FCMIs) has shown that the number of voltage levels can be extended by changing the ratio of the capacitor voltages. For the three-cell FCMI, four levels of operation are expected if the traditional ratio of the capacitor voltages is 1:2:3. However, by altering the ratio, the inverter can operate as a five-, six-, seven-, or eight-level inverter. According to previous research, the eight-level case is referred to as maximally distended
more » ... full binary combination schema) since it utilizes all possible transistor switching states. However, this case does not have enough perphase redundancy to ensure capacitor voltage balancing under all modes of operation. In this paper, redundancy involving all phases is used along with per-phase redundancy to improve capacitor voltage balancing. It is shown that the four-and fivelevel cases are suitable for motor drive operation and can maintain capacitor voltage balance under a wide range of power factors and modulation indices. The six-, seven-, and eight-level cases are suitable for reactive power compensation in applications such as static var compensation. Simulation and laboratory measurements results verify the proposed joint-phase redundancy control.
doi:10.1109/ias.2004.1348507 fatcat:pbdwg4grxzflndysamuaqkd5xy