New hybrid cycloconverters: an evaluation of their performance

Xu, Tianning (2009) New hybrid cycloconverters: an evaluation of their performance. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.

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Abstract

Nowadays, power electronic converters based exclusively on IGBTs seem to have achieved excellent load side performance up to megawatt powers range in the low voltage range (200-690Vrms) and are steadily gaining good performance in the medium voltage range as well. However, the medium and high voltage/high power range remains dominated by converters using naturally commutated thyristors, such as line-commutated cycloconverters, line-commutated current source inverters, which provide comparatively poorer output side performance. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate both the conventional cycloconverter, which will be referred as standard cycloconverter in the thesis, and the new hybrid cycloconverter topologies, which are capable of improving the performance of the standard cycloconverter by adding an auxiliary forced commutated inverter with reduced installed power. It will be shown that the new topology is not only able to improve the quality of the output voltage, but also to enhance the control over the circulating current and therefore, for some of the standard cycloconverter arrangements, to improve the input power quality.

To realize the evaluation of the standard cycloconverter and validate the feasibility of the new hybrid cycloconverter in both circulating current and circulating current-free mode, SABER simulation models are developed in the first place to perform the initial analysis. A configurable three-phase input to three-phase output cycloconverter prototype which can be easily changed via a switch box to test four different cycloconverter topologies (standard and hybrid) is designed and implemented in the laboratory. Finally, the whole system is debugged and tested. All the relevant results obtained from both the simulation and experiment will be thoroughly analyzed in the thesis.

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Supervisors:Clare, J.C.
Klumpner, C.
Faculties/Schools:UK Campuses > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ID Code:880
Deposited By:Mr Tianning Xu
Deposited On:23 Jun 2010 14:22
Last Modified:23 Jun 2010 14:22

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