Double flying capacitor multicell converter based on modified phase-shifted pulsewidth modulation

Arash Khoshkbar Sadigh, Seyed Hossein Hosseini, Mehran Sabahi, Gevorg B. Gharehpetian

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Multilevel converters are very interesting alternatives for medium and high-power applications. The main reason is the increase in the number of output voltage levels and its apparent frequency. This paper presents a new configuration of flying capacitor multicell (FCM) converter. The main advantages of the proposed converter, in comparison with FCM and stacked multicell converters, are doubling the rms and the number of output voltage levels, improving the output voltage frequency spectrum, and canceling the midpoint of dc source. This progress is achieved by adding only two low-frequency switches to the conventional configuration of FCM converter while the number of high-frequency switches and capacitors, voltage ratings of capacitors and switches, and the number of high-frequency switchings during a full cycle are kept constant. This converter is controlled by a modified phase-shifted pulsewidth modulation, therefore, the self-balancing property of the flying capacitor converter is maintained in the proposed converter. The circuit is simulated using power systems computeraided design/electromagnetic transients in DC systems (EMTDC) software and simulation results are presented to validate the effectiveness and advantages of the proposed configuration as well as its control strategy. Additionally, measurements taken from an experimental setup are presented in order to study the practical configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5357452
Pages (from-to)1517-1526
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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