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6.334 Power Electronics
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Chapter 4 Phase-controlled Rectifiers
Read Chapter 5 of "Principles of Power Electronics" (KSV) by J . G . Kassakian, M.

F. Schlecht, and G. C. Verghese, Addison-Wesley, 1991.

Thyristor Devices: SCR (Silicon Controlled Rectifier)

K

Figure 4.1: Thyristor SCR: Acts like a diode where you can select when conduction will start, but not when it stops. Stay off until a gate pulse is applied while VAK> 0.

Once on, behaves like a diode and does not turn off until i + 0. To stay off (after VaK loops) So the device is semi-controlled: we control the turn on point, but only turns off when circuit conditions force it to. Simple example:

> 0 again) must have i stay at 0 for a short time t, (10 -

Figure 4.2: Example Phase of thyristor turn on (with respect t o line voltage) is termed firing angle a . Consider a full-bridge converter (inductive/current load). Diode version:

CHAPTER 4. PHASE-CONTROLLED RECTIFIERS

A

ot
2 -

Dl, D2
/

- Conduct

D3, D4 ./ - - Conduct

Figure 4.3: Diode Version

Thyristor (phase-cont rolled) version (firing angle a ):

Con uct

(

Ql,Q2 Conduct

==

Q3,Q4 Conduct

Figure 4.4: Thyristor Version Lets analyze the output voltage

< v,

>:

Id > 0 by necessity (conducbon of thyristor)

A <Vx>
Rectification

a

z >

Rectification <vx>>o Power Flows AC -> DC

(

- - Power <vx><o Flows
\ /

Inversion

>
.....................

DC -> AC

Quadrants of 0 ration

i n ol,17

Figure 4.5: Output Voltage So with a phase controlled converter, we can regulate the output voltage by varying firing angle a . We can even cause power flow from dc-side to ac-side as long as Id > 0 (e.g., pull power out of inductor and put into line). Consider the power factor of a phase-controlled converter:
V,i

Figure 4.6: Power Factor

CHAPTER 4. PHASE-CONTROLLED RECTIFIERS

Phase shift of fundamental of square wave in phase with square wave, therefore,
=

a . So the power factor of a phase-controlled converter varies with firing angle

a.
Consider the effect of ac-side reactance:

No LC

+

r
Ql

Q~A

r

il
44

LC
il A VsSin@t)

Qz

r
No LC
-

+~d a+u a -Id

QLQZ
+?-=

\
ot

n

>

Q3,Q4
+?-=

A l -

e

A l -

e

+ e Q3,Q4

Figure 4.7: AC-S ide Reactance

Similar t o the diode rectifier case, a commutation period exists during which all devices are on, while current in LC switches between +Id and -Id (between and
Q3IQ4.

Q1/Q2

A similar analyze to the diode case shows t h a t for the full-bridge thyristor converter:

< v, >= -[cos a
n-

2 K

-

cI d 1-XK

Note t h a t the need to commutate devices places a limit on how negative the output voltage can be made as a function of
X$-d

and a . This is analyzed in KSV, Chapter

5. (require a

+ u < n-) .

Summary:
VdO

!

Commutation Limit

Figure 4.8: Summary

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