A novel control technique for active shunt power filters for aircraft applications

Lavopa, Elisabetta (2011) A novel control technique for active shunt power filters for aircraft applications. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

The More Electric Aircraft is a technological trend in modern aerospace industry to increasingly use electrical power on board the aircraft in place of mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic power to drive aircraft subsystems. This brings major changes to the aircraft electrical system, increasing the complexity of the network topology together with stability and power quality issues. Shunt active power filters are a viable solution for power quality enhancement, in order to comply with the standard recommendations. The aircraft electrical system is characterized by variable supply frequency in the range 360-900Hz, hence the harmonic components occur at high and variable frequencies, compared to the terrestrial 50/60Hz systems. In this kind of system, fast and accurate algorithms for the detection of the reference signal for the active filter control and robust high-bandwidth control techniques are needed, in order for the active filter to perform the harmonic elimination successfully.

In this thesis, two novel algorithms are proposed. The first algorithm is a frequency and harmonic detection technique, particularly suitable for tracking the variable supply frequency and the harmonic components of voltages and currents in the aircraft electrical system. Complete identication of the reference signal for the active filter control is possible when applying this technique. The second algorithm is a control technique based on the use of multiple rotating reference frames. Only the measurement of the voltage at the Point of Common Coupling and the active filter output current are needed, hence no current sensors are required on the distorting loads. Both the techniques have been validated by means of simulation and experimental analysis. The results show that the proposed methods are effective for a successful harmonic compensation by means of active shunt filters, in the More Electric Aircraft environment.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:Zanchetta, P.
Sumner, M.
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ID Code:2049
Deposited By:Ms Elisabetta Lavopa
Deposited On:04 Nov 2011 12:04
Last Modified:04 Nov 2011 12:04

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