Inverters for AC Motor Drives....................................................................................................1 Variable-frequency converter classifications..........................................................................1 Voltage source inverters..........................................................................................................3 Variable-frequency PWM-VSI drives.................................................................................3 Variable-frequency square-wave VSI drives......................................................................8 Current source inverters..........................................................................................................9 Variable-frequency CSI drives............................................................................................9 Modulation techniques..........................................................................................................11 PWM with Bipolar Voltage Switching.............................................................................11 PWM with Unipolar Voltage Switching...........................................................................14 Square-Wave Operation....................................................................................................17

Inverters for AC Motor Drives
Variable-frequency converter classifications

The variable-frequency converters, which act as an interface between the utility power system and the induction motor, must satisfy the following basic requirements: 1. Ability to adjust the frequency according to the desired output speed 2. Ability to adjust the output voltage so as to maintain a constant air gap flux in the constant-torque region 3. Ability to supply a rated current on a continuous basis at any frequency Except for a few special cases of very high power applications where cycloconverters are used, variable-frequency drives employ inverters with a dc input. Figure 14-17 illustrates the basic concept where the utility input is converted into dc by means of either a controlled or an uncontrolled rectifier and then inverted to provide three phase voltages and currents to the motor, adjustable in magnitude and frequency.

Fig. 14.17 Variable-frequency converter These converters can be classified based on the type of rectifier and inverter used in Fig. 14-17: 1. Pulse-width-modulated voltage source inverter (PWM-VSI) with a diode rectifier

In the square-wave VSI of Fig. Fig.2 2. a controlled rectifier is used at the front end and the inverter operates in a square-wave mode (also called the six-step). Figure 14-18a shows the schematic of a PWM-VSI with a diode rectifier. 14-18b. (c) CSI with a controlled rectifier. The line voltage may be single phase or three . in the CSI. Square-wave voltage source inverter (square-wave VSI) with a thyristor rectifier 3. 14. the basic difference between the VSI and the CSI is the following: In the VSI. On the other hand.18 Classification of variable-frequency converters: (a) PWM-VSI with diode rectifier. the dc input appears as a dc current source (ideally with the internal impedance approaching infinity) to the inverter. the dc input appears as a dc voltage source (ideally with no internal impedance) to the inverter. (b) square-wave VSI with a controlled rectifier. Current source inverter (CSI) with a thyristor rectifier As the names imply.

Because of a large inductor in the dc link. in practice. The inverter utilizes thyristors. Therefore. A PWM inverter controls both the frequency and the magnitude of the voltage output. as shown in Fig. only the dc-to-three-phase-ac inverters are applicable here. Therefore. a large dc bus capacitor is used to make the input to the inverter appear as a voltage source with a very small internal impedance at the inverter switching frequency. It should be noted that. diodes. at the input. and capacitors for forced commutation.3 phase. One possible method of generating the inverter switch control signals is by comparing three sinusoidal control voltages (at the desired output frequency and proportional to the output voltage magnitude) with a triangular waveform at a selected switching frequency. In both VSI controllers. the input to the inverter appears as a dc current source. Voltage source inverters Variable-frequency PWM-VSI drives Figure 14-19a shows the schematic of a PWM-VSI drive. . 14-19b. only three-phase motors are controlled by means of variable frequency. an uncontrolled diode bridge rectifier is generally used. The main emphasis in this chapter will be on the interaction of VSIs with induction motor type of loads. Figure 14-18c shows the schematic of a CSI drive where a line-voltage-commutated controlled converter is used at the front end. assuming a three-phase utility input.

4 Fig. a high switching frequency results in an essentially sinusoidal current (plus a superimposed small ripple at a high frequency) in the motor. Therefore. (b) waveforms. Therefore. which would cause additional harmonics in the voltage applied to the motor. care should be taken in not letting the voltage ripple in the dc bus voltage become too large. since the harmonics are at a high frequency. 14.19 PWM-VSI: (a) schematic. Since these high-frequency voltage harmonics can have as high or even higher amplitude compared to the fundamental-frequency component. Impact of PWM-VSI Harmonics In a PWM inverter output voltage. In fact. Since the ripple current through the dc bus capacitor is at the switching frequency. a small value of capacitance suffices in PWM inverters. In a PWM inverter. However. A small capacitance across the diode rectifier also results in a better input current waveform drawn from the utility source. but this capacitor must be able to carry the ripple current. the total losses due to harmonics may even be . the input dc source impedance seen by the inverter would be smaller at higher switching frequencies. the iron losses (eddy current and hysteresis in the stator and the rotor iron) dominate. the ripple in the motor current is usually small due to high leakage reactances at these frequencies. the harmonics in the output voltage appear as sidebands of the switching frequency and its multiples.

14-19b. and switching frequency. a small dclink capacitance will result in a better waveform. Because of these additional harmonic losses. One way to accomplish this goal is to switch on a resistor in parallel with the dc-bus capacitor. This comparison would of course depend on the motor design class. The power factor at which the drive operates from the utility system is essentially independent of the motor power factor and the drive speed.5 higher with a PWM inverter than with a square-wave inverter. During braking. some mechanism must be implemented to handle this energy during braking. as can be observed from the input current waveforms of Fig. Electromagnetic braking The power How during electromagnetic braking is from the motor to the variable-frequency controller. as shown in Eq. as is shown in Fig. Its waveform is shown in Fig. magnetic material property. . The input inductance LS improves the input ac current waveform somewhat. if the capacitor voltage exceeds a preset level. Also. The displacement power factor (DPF) is approximately 100%. Therefore. in order to dissipate the braking energy. Input Power Factor and current waveform The input ac current drawn by the rectifier of a PWM-VSI drive contains a large amount of harmonics. the direction of the dc bus current to the inverter gets reversed. they produce little speed pulsations because of the motor inertia. 14-20a. 14-l9b for a single-phase and a three-phase input. otherwise the dc-bus voltage can reach destructive levels. the voltage polarity across the dc-bus capacitor remains the same as in the motoring mode. It is only a slight function of the load power. it is generally recommended that a standard motor with a 5. improving slightly at a higher power. the pulsating torques developed are small in amplitude and are at high frequencies (compared to the fundamental).10% higher power rating be used. 14-49. Therefore. In a PWM drive. Since the current direction through the diode rectifier bridge normally used in PWM-VSI drives cannot reverse.

An energy-efficient technique is to use a four-quadrant converter (switch-mode or a back-toback connected thyristor converter) at the front end in place of the diode bridge rectifier. Figure 14-21 shows such a control. where there may be a slower acting feedback loop through the processor controller.6 Fig 14.control) can be calculated from the f and Vs signals and by knowing Vd and Vtri. Adjustable-speed control of PWM-VSI drives In VSI drives (both PWM and square-wave type). and the required control inputs (ωs or f and Vs signals) to the PWM controller in Fig. hence. The frequency of the inverter output voltages is controlled by the input speed reference signal ωref. the speed can be controlled without a speed feedback loop. 14. The control signals (e.. as shown in Fig. there are jumps in mf and. as shown in Fig. To keep the switching frequency close to its maximum value.g. The decision to employ regenerative braking over dissipative braking depends on the additional equipment cost versus the savings on energy recovered and the desirability of sinusoidal currents and unity power factor operation from the utility source. as will be discussed shortly. The PWM controller can be realized by analog components. a hysteresis must be provided. To prevent jittering at frequencies where jumps occur. This requires that the switching frequency vary in proportion to f. 14-20b. Digital ICs such as HEF5752V . Fig. va. This is called regenerative braking since the recovered energy is not wasted. 14-22. 14-21 are calculated. (b) regenerative braking. in fs as f decreases. since the current through the four-quadrant converter used for interfacing with the utility source can reverse in direction. This would allow the energy recovered from the motor-load inertia to be fed back to the utility supply. Motor speed is not measured.21 Speed control circuit.20 Electromagnetic braking in PWM-VSI: (a) dissipative braking. A synchronous PWM must be used. as indicated by Fig. The input command ωref is modified for protection and improved performance. 14-19b.

14-21. it also accepts an input from the slip compensation subcircuit. as shown in Fig. which increases with torque. As shown in Fig. the maximum acceleration/deceleration rates can be specified by the user through potentiometers that adjust the rate-of-change allowed to the speed reference signal. 14-21 and explained in item 3 below. These signals are required anyway for starting/stopping of the drive. a current io at the inverter input. hence. the induction motor operates at a speed lower than the synchronous speed. a voltage boost is required at lower speeds. Current-limiting circuit.ref as the input that controls the frequency of the inverter output voltages. Fig.. Because of slip. 14-21 is not used. as shown in Fig. io would increase. acts on the speed control circuit by reducing the acceleration rate (i. if ωs is increased too fast compared to the motor speed. If the speed regulation is to be improved. current and voltage feedback may be employed. The following control options are described: 1.e.22 Switching frequency versus the fundamental frequency. Speed control circuit. By the ramp limiter. is measured. Moreover. To meet these objectives. then ωsl and. and the error. a speed control circuit accepts the speed reference signal ωr. . 14. the motor currents and the dc link voltage Vd across the capacitor are measured. For protection and better speed accuracy. During the acceleration/deceleration condition. by reducing ms). 2. A current-limiting circuit is necessary if a speed ramp limiter as in Fig. It is possible to approximately compensate for this slip speed. to be more independent of the load torque.7 are commercially available that incorporate many of the functions of the PWM controller described earlier. To represent the instantaneous three-phase ac motor currents. to limit the maximum current through the drive during acceleration/deceleration or under heavy load conditions. and to limit the maximum dc link voltage during braking of the induction motor. through a controller. 14-21. To limit the maximum rate of acceleration so that the motor current stays below the current limit. the actual motor current is compared with the current limit. without measuring the actual speed. In the motoring mode. it is necessary to keep the motor current io and the dc-bus voltage Vd within limits.

if the voltage limit is exceeded. 14-50 is calculated by the slip compensation block of Fig. These harmonic currents result in large torque ripple. This provides the necessary voltage boost in Fig. 3. To restrict this current to the current limit during the braking. The resulting motor current waveform is also shown in Fig. . the motor voltage must be (as found by combining Eqs. which can produce troublesome speed ripple at low operating speeds. 14-38b and 14-25) Vs = k19φs + k20Tem (14-51) Using Tem as calculated in item 3 above and knowing mf. the required voltage can be calculated from Eq. 14-21 . 14-18b by means of a line-frequency phase-controlled converter. To keep the air gap flux φag constant. the actual torque can be calculated from Eq. With the square-wave inverter operation each inverter switch is on for 180° and a total of three switches are on at any instant of time. harmonic currents calculated from Eq. 14-21. 14-6: ωs = ωr. where V. Variable-frequency square-wave VSI drives The schematic of such a drive was shown in Fig. One option is to estimate Tem. 14-18b. If there is no regenerative braking. if needed. the negative slip would become large in magnitude and would result in a large braking current through the motor and the inverter. Because of substantial magnitudes of low-order harmonics. 14-24a. Voltage harmonics in the inverter output decrease as V1/h with h = 5. Compensation for slip. By knowing the slip. 14-3 and 14-18c. 14-24b. .8 In the braking mode.. fed through a controller. which results in phase-to-motor-neutral voltage. the magnitude of the motor voltages is controlled by controlling Vd in Fig. a dissipation resistor is switched on in parallel with the dc-bus capacitor to provide a dynamic braking capability. 14-27. is the fundamental-frequency phase-to-neutral voltage. During braking. 14-47 are significant. It should be noted that. 14-51. the capacitor voltage could become excessive. acts on the speed control circuit by decreasing the deceleration rate (i. . . 4. This can be done by measuring the dc power to the motor and subtracting the losses in the inverter and in the stator of the motor to get the air-gap power Pag. the actual current is compared with the current limit. To keep the rotor speed constant. the dc-bus capacitor voltage must be kept within a maximum limit. the control circuit decreases the deceleration rate (by increasing ωs). Voltage boost. the speed can be precisely controlled by measuring the actual speed and thereby using the actual slip in the block diagram of Fig. and the error. Therefore. 14-21. by increasing ωs). which is proportional to the motor torque Tem. 6.ref + k18Tem (14-50) The second term in Eq. as shown in Fig.e. From Eqs. Tem can be calculated. as can be seen from Fig. 11. a term must be added to the applied stator frequency. thereby allowing the voltage boost to be calculated more accurately. . if ωs is reduced too fast. If the energy recovered is larger than that lost through various losses. 13. Because of the inverter operating in a square-wave mode. The inverter operates in a squarewave mode.

the maximum available motor voltage in Fig. however.05VLLcosα = VLLcosα (14-54) which shows that the maximum line-line fundamental-frequency motor voltage (at α = 0) is approximately equal to VLL.78Vd (14-53) From Eqs. 14-12b is approximately equal to the line voltage. from Eq. the drive operates at the following power factor from the line (assuming that a sufficiently large filter inductor is present in Fig. Basically it consists of a phase-controlled rectifier. Vd = 1.rated(14-56) which shows that the line power factor at the rated speed is better than that of an induction motor supplied directly by the line. 14-52 and 14-53. 8-58. Therefore. as seen from Eq. and for simplicity. since the inverter is able to supply the rated voltage of the motor at its rated frequency of 60 Hz. In a square-wave drive. the motor line-line voltage for a given Vd is VLLmotor = 0. 14. Note that the same maximum motor voltage (equal to the line voltage) can be approached in PWM-VSI drives only by overmodulation. Since the induction motor operates at a lagging power factor. a large inductor.24 Square-wave VSI waveforms Assuming a continuously flowing current through the rectifier. 6-47a and 14-55.9 Fig.955 cosα ~ 0. This can be remedied by replacing the thyristor rectifier by a diode rectifier bridge in combination with a step-down dc-dc converter. circuits for forced commutation of the inverter thyristors are needed. 14-18b at the rectifier output): Line power factor ~ 0. in both PWM and square-wave VSI drives. which makes the input appear as a current source to the inverter. Current source inverters Variable-frequency CSI drives Figure 14-18c shows the schematic of a CSI drive. VLL1motor = 1. the line power factor of a squarewave drive can become quite low. This allows the use of standard 60-Hz motors. as shown in Fig. 14-56. These forced-commutation .35 VLL cosα (14-52) where VLL is the line-line rms line voltage. ignoring the line-side inductances. From Eq. At low speed.955 ωr/ωr. 14-25a. A large inductor is used in the dc link.rated=VLL1motor/VLL=cosα (14-55) From Eqs. ωr/ωr. 14-54 and assuming Vs/f to be constant. and a dc-to-ac inverter.

Fig. the fact that line-frequency thyristors with simple commutation circuits act as the inverter switches was a very important asset of CSI drives. In a CSI drive. 14-25b. At any time.25 CSI drive: (a) inverter. the regenerative braking can be easily provided without any additional circuits. and the motor leakage inductances. only two thyristors conduct: one of the thyristors connected to the positive dc bus and the other connected to the negative dc bus.10 circuits consist of diodes. This requires that the inverter be used with the specific motor for which it is designed. . nowadays CSI drives are used mostly in very large horsepower applications. With the availability of controllable switches in ever-increasing power ratings. (b) idealized phase waveforms. capacitors. 14. In the past. The motor current and the resulting phase voltage waveform are shown in Fig.

8-11 are switched as switch pairs 1 and 2.vBo(t) = 2vAo(t) 1 2 1 2 (8-18) Fig. respectively. the output voltage waveform of leg A is determined by comparison of vcontrol and vtri in Fig. . Therefore vBo(t) = -vAo(t) (8-17) and vo(t) = vAo(t) . when TA+ is on and vAo is equal to + Vd . Fig.is also on and vBo = − Vd . With this type of PWM switching. 8. for example. The output of inverter leg B is negative of the leg A output. TB. TB+) from the two legs in Fig. 8-12a. 8-12 PWM with bipolar voltage switching.11 Single-phase full-bridge inverter. TB-) and (TA-.11 Modulation techniques PWM with Bipolar Voltage Switching Here the diagonally opposite switches (TA+.

This implies that the energy stored in the filters is negligible.1 Generalized Harmonics of vAo for large mf. Since the converter itself has no energy storage elements.12 The vo waveform is shown in Fig. That is the reason why this type of switching is called a PWM with bipolar voltage switching. approaching infinity. as shown in Fig. dc-Side Current id. . 8-13.and dc-side filters approach zero. The amplitudes of harmonics in the output voltage can be obtained by using Table 8-l. the instantaneous power input must equal the instantaneous power output. For simplicity. 8-12b. It is informative to look at the dc-side current id in the PWM bipolar voltage-switching scheme. The peak of the fundamental-frequency component ˆo1 ) is in the output voltage (V ˆo1 = maVd V ( ma ≤1. Therefore.0) (8-19) and ˆo1 < Vd < V In Fig.0) (8-20) Table 8. 8-12b. The switching frequency is assumed to be very high. 4 Vd π ( ma > 1. fictitious L-C high-frequency filters will be used at the dc side as well as at the ac side. we observe that the output voltage vo switches between -Vd and + Vd voltage levels. to filter out the high-switching-frequency components in vo and id. the filter components L and C required in both ac.

With these assumptions. where eo is a sine wave at frequency ω1. On the dc side. 8-14.13 Fig. as shown in Fig. the L-C filler will filter the high-switching-frequency components id. then the output current would also be sinusoidal and would lag vo for an inductive load such as an ac motor: io = 2 I o sin(ω (8-23) 1t −φ) where φ is the angle by which io lags vo. vo in Fig. which is responsible for the power transfer from Vd on the dc side of the inverter to the ac side. Assuming that no energy is stored in the filters. Also. 8. . vo1 = vo = 2Vo sin ω (8-22) 1t If the load is as shown in Fig. * Vd id (t ) = vo (t )io (t ) = 2Vo sin ω 2 I o sin(ω (8-24) 1t 1t −φ) Therefore V I V I * id (t ) = o o cos φ − o o cos( 2ω1t − φ ) = I d + id 2 (8-25) Vd Vd = I d − 2 I d 2 cos(2ω 1t −φ) (8-26) where V I I d = o o cos φ (8-27) Vd and 1 Vo I o Id2 = (8-28) 2 Vd Equation 8-26 for id shows that it consists of a dc component Id.13 Inverter with “fictitious” filters. The inverter input current id consists of id* and the high-frequency components due to inverter switchings. 8-13 is a pure sine wave at the fundamental output frequency ω1. 8-13. id* contains a sinusoidal component at twice the fundamental frequency. and id would only consist of the low-frequency and dc components.

(2) As shown earlier by Eq. respectively. Here. this dc voltage is obtained by rectifying the ac utility line voltage. 8-14 The dc-side current in a single-phase inverter with PWM bipolar voltage switching. 8-15a. which yields the following: -vcontrol>vtri: TB+ on and vBN=Vd (8-30) . although the voltage ripple due to the high switching frequencies is essentially negligible. A large capacitor is used across the rectifier output terminals to filter the dc voltage. 8-26. which is also the dc input voltage to the inverter. The ripple in the capacitor voltage. Normally. The second harmonic current component results in a ripple in the capacitor voltage. -vcontrol is compared with the same triangular waveform. In practical systems. the switches in the two legs of the full-bridge inverter of Fig. 815b. PWM with Unipolar Voltage Switching In PWM with unipolar voltage switching. the previous assumption of a constant dc voltage as the input to the inverter is not entirely valid.14 Fig. As shown in Fig.on and vAN=0 The output voltage of inverter leg A with respect to the negative dc bus N is shown in Fig. is due to two reasons: (1) The rectification of the line voltage to produce dc does not result in a pure dc as discussed in dealing with the line-frequency rectifiers. For controlling the leg B switches. the legs A and B of the full-bridge inverter are controlled separately by comparing vtri with vcontrol and –vcontrol. 8-11 are not switched simultaneously. the comparison of vcontrol with the triangular waveform results in the following logic signals to control the switches in leg A: vcontrol>vtri: TA+ on and vAN=Vd (8-29) vcontrol<vtri: TA. the current drawn by a single-phase inverter from the dc side is not a constant dc but has a second harmonic component (of the fundamental frequency at the inverter output) in addition to the high-switching-frequency components. as in the previous PWM scheme.

8-29 and 8-30 are independent of the direction of the output current io. . 8.15 -vcontrol<vtri: TB. the foregoing voltages given by Eqs. Because of the feedback diodes in antiparallel with the switches.on and vBN=0 Fig.15 PWM with unipolar voltage switching (single phase).

TB+ on: vAN=0. Here also ˆo1 = maVd V ( ma ≤1. vBN=0. as opposed to the PWM with bipolar (between +Vd and -Vd) voltage-switching scheme described earlier.and TB. The voltage waveforms vAN and vBN are displaced by 180° of the fundamental frequency f1 with respect to each other. since the waveforms are 180° displaced and mf is assumed to be even). 8-15 show that there are four combinations of switch on-states and the corresponding voltage levels: 1. The advantage of “effectively” doubling the switching frequency appears in the harmonic spectrum of the output voltage waveform. the output voltage is zero. Therefore. The output current circulates in a loop through TA+ and DB+ or DA+ and TB+ depending on the direction of io. TB. the other dominant harmonic at twice the switching frequency cancels out. TA-. Fig. the sidebands of the switching-frequency harmonics disappear. A similar condition occurs when both bottom switches TA. this type of PWM scheme is called PWM with a unipolar voltage switching. where the lowest harmonics (in the idealized circuit) appear as sidebands of twice the switching frequency.0) (8-33) dc-Side Current id. the voltage jumps in the output voltage at each switching are reduced to Vd. where mf = 14 (instead of mf = 15 for the bipolar voltage switching). when a switching occurs. TA-. vBN= Vd. vo=Vd 2. TB+ on: vAN=0.are on.on: vAN=Vd. 8-13 for the PWM with bipolar voltage switching. During this interval. compared to the bipolar voltage-switching scheme. vo=0 We notice that when both the upper switches are on.0) (8-32) and ˆo1 < Vd < V 4 π Vd (ma > 1. vBN= Vd. vo=-Vd 3. the output voltage changes between zero and +Vd or between zero and –Vd voltage levels. This results in the cancellation of the harmonic component at the switching frequency in the output voltage vo = vAN −vBN. the input current id is zero. TA+. It is easy to understand this if we choose the frequency modulation ratio mf to be even (mf should be odd for PWM with bipolar voltage switching) in a single-phase inverter. TA+. . Under conditions similar to those in the circuit of Fig. In a similar manner. Also. while its sidebands do not.16 The waveforms of Fig. as compared to 2Vd in the previous scheme. vBN=0. This scheme has the advantage of “effectively” doubling the switching frequency as far as the output harmonics are concerned. In addition. 8-16 shows the dc-side current id for the PWM unipolar voltage-switching scheme.on: vAN=Vd. In this type of PWM scheme. For this reason. TB. the harmonic components at the switching frequency in vAN and vBN have the same phase  (φAN−φBN = 180 ⋅ m f = 0°. vo=0 4.

Square-Wave Operation The full-bridge inverter can also be operated in a square-wave mode. it is clear that using PWM with unipolar voltage switching results in a smaller ripple in the current on the dc side of the inverter.16 The dc-side current in a single-phase inverter with PWM unipolar voltage switching. 8-14 and 8-16. As is the case in the square-wave mode of operation. By comparing Figs.17 Fig.5. TB-) and (TB+. 8. Both types of PWM discussed earlier degenerate into the same square-wave mode of operation. where the switches (TA+. TA-) are operated as two pairs with a duty ratio of 0. the output voltage magnitude given below is regulated by controlling the input dc voltage: ˆo1 = 4 Vd V π (8-36) .

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