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A DC Power supply Based on Matrix Converter with
Reduced Number of Switches
Farshid Behrangi, Ali Dastfan, Member IEEE
Faculty of Electrical and Robotic Engineering
Shahrood University of Technology
Shahrood , Iran
arashkntu@yahoo.com, dastfan@ieee.org
Abstract: High Power telecommunication power supply
systems consist of a threephase switch mode rectifier followed
by a DC/DC converter to supply loads at 48 VDC. These
rectifiers draw significant harmonic currents from the utility,
resulting in poor input power factor with high total harmonic
distortion (THD). In this paper, a DC power supply based on
matrix converter with reduced number of switches is proposed
for telecommunication applications. In the proposed approach,
three switches convert the low frequency (50Hz, threephase)
input to a DC link. A singlephase bridge inverter converts the
DClink to a high frequency (25 KHz, onephase) AC output.
The output of the matrix converter is then processed via a high
frequency isolation transformer and rectified to 48 volt DC. In
the proposed topology only a simple voltage control loop ensures
that the output voltage is regulated against load changes as well
as input supply variations. The input currents are of a high
quality and devoid of low frequency harmonics under varying
load conditions, inherently. Therefore, the current control loop
is not used to correct the input currents. So, its control circuit is
not complicated. Simulation results verify the feasibility of the
proposed converter.
1. INTRODUCTION
The matrix converter introduced in 1980 and has
experienced more attention recently. Its main advantages are
small volume, capability of work in high temperature, unity
input power factor, and the possibility of a compact design
due to the lake of large energy storage components [1]. The
conventional modulation algorithm of Venturini and Alesina
involves an involved and difficulty to implement PWM
switching strategy.
A complicated commutation scheme and elaborate clamp
circuit typically must be added for safe operation [2]. The
dualbridge threephase to threephase matrix converter
(DBMC) is proposed and used which need less switches and
its commutation process is easier [3].
In a conventional DC power supply based on matrix
converter with threephase input, the power stage includes six
bidirectional switches (12 switches) [4]. The operation of this
power supply is expressed mathematically in a matrix
formation, where the matrix converter switching function is
the product of rectifier mode switching function by inverter
mode switching function. The low frequency (50Hz, thr e
phase) input is directly converted to high frequency (10/20
KHz, onephase) output by applying the matrix converter
switching function to power stage. In the rectifier mode by
using a proper switching algorithm, input currents will have a
high quality and also a low total harmonic distortion (THD).
A symmetrical AC profile is generated at the primary side of
the high frequency isolation transformer by applying specific
pulses to power switches that these pulses consider the
restrictions of the matrix converter. These restrictions are
discussed in [5]. In this matrix converter, the implementation
of control techniques like space vector modulation (SVM)
permits to sinusoidal shape of the input line current
waveforms [6], [7].
e
There is another method, which is known as direct control
method, for DC power supply that is using matrix converter
directly to converts the low frequency (50Hz,threephase)
input to a DC link with applying a low frequency modulation
function [8], [9]. Hence, high frequency isolation transformer
is not used in this approach. The low frequency modulation
function permits to obtain high quality input currents. In the
mentioned methods in above, high frequency current
components in the input currents of converter can be
eliminated via a small damped input filter. There are two
main drawbacks in these approaches:
¾ A large number of switches lead to the complexity and
high cost of the converter.
¾ Two separated control loops are needed, the current
control loop is used to correct the input currents and the
voltage control loop is used to adjust the output voltage.
In this paper, a DC power supply based on matrix converter
is proposed which the number of switches reduced from
twelve switches to seven switches. In addition, the
bidirectional switches constructions which have complex
commutation and protection problems are not used.
Advantages of the proposed topology compared with
conventional DC power supplies based on matrix converter
are:
¾ The number of switches is reduced.
¾ Its control circuit is not complicated.
A detailed analysis of the modulation scheme is given, and
simulation results are provided to verify its feasibility.
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Fig. 1. Proposed power supply
2. PROPOSED TOPOLOGY
The circuit diagram of the proposed power supply is shown
in Fig. 1, and its block diagram of control system is shown in
Fig. 2. The matrix converter has two sections, rectifier and
inverter parts. In rectifier part, the low frequency (50 Hz,
threephase) input is converted to a DClink by proper
switching of three switches that these switches have specific
arrangement of diodes. In inverter part, a single phase bridge
inverter converts the DClink to a high frequency (25 KHz,
onephase) ac output. The output is then processed via a high
frequency isolation transformer and rectified to 48VDC.
3. PROPOSED PWMMETHOD
A. Operation of Rectifier part
In order to simplify the analysis of the rectifier, it is
supposed that there is no input filter in the line side. The aim
of the pulse width modulation of the rectifier is to maintain
positive voltage in the DC side as well as to maintain the
input power factor as unity. It is assumed that the input source
voltages are described as (1): With in any 60° interval
between two successive zero crossing of input phase voltages,
as shown in Fig. 3, only one of the threephase input voltages
has the maximum absolute value and the other phase voltages
have opposite polarity voltage. For example in the 3rd sector,
phase b has the maximum positive value and phase a and c
have negative values. Since the input line voltages are
balanced, there are two possible conditions for the input phase
voltages:
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¦
¦
¦
´
¦
+ = =
÷ = =
= =
)
3
2
( ) (
)
3
2
( ) (
) ( ) (
t
e u
t
e u
e u
t Cos V Cos V t v
t Cos V Cos V t v
t Cos V Cos V t v
i m c m c
i m b m b
i m a m a
(1)
a) Two voltages are negative, and one is positive (In the 3rd
sector) Phase a and c are negative, phase b is then positive.
Therefore:
c a b
V V V + =
(2)
Under this condition, switch S
bn
must be maintained in the
conducting state while S
an
, S
cn
are modulated. When S
an
is
Fig. 2. Block diagram of the control system
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turned on, the DC voltage is equals to V
ba
and is positive. The
duty ratio of switch S
an
is given by
b
a
ab
Cos
Cos
d
u
u
=
(3)
While S
cn
is turned on, the DC voltage equals to V
bc
and is
positive. The duty ratio of S
cn
is given by:
b
c
cb
Cos
Cos
d
u
u
=
(4)
The average DC side voltage in this switching interval is:
) ( ) (
c b cb a b ab dc
V V d V V d V ÷ + ÷ = (5)
Substituting (1), (3), and (4) in (5), result:
b
m
dc
Cos
V
V
u 2
3
=
(6)
b) Two voltages are positive and one is negative (In the 6
th
sector) Phase a and c are positive, phase b is then negative.
One can establish that:
c a b
V V V + = (7)
Under this condition, switch S
bn
must be maintained in the
conducting state while S
an
, S
cn
are modulated. During the time
when San is turned on, the DC voltage equals to V
ab
and is
positive. The duty ratio of S
an
can be expressed as:
b
a
ab
Cos
Cos
d
u
u
= (8)
When S
cn
is turned on, the DC voltage equals to V
cb
and is
positive. The duty ratio of S
cn
is:
b
c
cb
Cos
Cos
d
u
u
=
(9)
Finally the average value of the DC voltage during this
switching interval is:
) ( ) (
b c cb b a ab dc
V V d V V d V ÷ + ÷ =
(10)
Substituting (1), (8), and (9) in (10), one obtains
b
m
dc
Cos
V
V
u 2
3
=
(11)
Utilizing the same approach, one can obtain the
corresponding duty ratio and switching state for all other
sector conditions. The average value of DC voltage during
each of these switching intervals is:
max
2
3
u Cos
V
V
m
dc
=
(12)
Where:
) ) ( , ) ( , ) ( max(
max c b a
Cos Cos Cos Cos u u u u =
(13)
Fig. 4 shows the gating signals of the three switches (S
an
,
S
bn
and S
cn
) in the six switching intervals based on line side
voltages. In order to satisfy unity displacement power
factored input current requirement and full utilization of input
source voltage, the duty ratios d
a
, d
b
and d
c
are given by
max max max
) (
,
) (
,
) (
u
u
u
u
u
u
Cos
Cos
d
Cos
Cos
d
Cos
Cos
d
c
c
b
b
a
a
= = =
(14)
By using this modulation based the input current shape is
sinusoidal and in phase with input voltage. The formula found
for the DClink voltage, which is given in (12), is similar to
the fictitious DC voltage in a conventional matrix converter
when the space vector modulation (SVM) method is utilized
for the its rectifier side [8] which is:
m c dc
V m V × × = 5 . 1 (15)
Where, m
c
is the modulation index.
Fig. 4. The gating signals of the three switches (S
an
, S
bn
and S
cn
) in the
six switching intervals based on line side voltages
Fig. 3. Six sectors of input phase voltages Fig.5. Gating signals of the inverter switches
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TABLE I
DESIGN SPECIFICATIONS OF THE PROPOSED APPROACH
B. Operation of Inverter part
The objective of using this part is to generate a high
frequency single phase output voltage. The operating
frequency in this part is the same as desired output frequency.
From the rectifier part DC voltage (V
pn
), is found. It is used as
the input of single phase inverter. In order to have a constant
output voltage, the Pseudo Phase Shift Control (PPSC)
algorithm has been used to control four switches. The
dynamic model for the inverter has been found and its PID
equation found as given in (16).
( )
1 1
( ) ( )
1
1
Z L
c pd PI Pd
L
P
S S
G s G s G s G
S
S
e e
e
e
  
+ +

\ . \
= × = ×
 
+

\ .
$


.
(16)
( )
( )
( )
( )
5 4
3 5
1 9.36 10 1 3.2 10
1.2 10 1 1.1 10
c
S S
G s
S S
÷ ÷
÷ ÷
+ × + ×
= ×
× + ×
Gating signals of the inverter part have been shown in Fig.
5. Its operating principle is that the diagonal switches of the
full bridge inverter turn on at the same time, and the leading
leg switches turn off earlier than the laggingleg. The turn on
time of the leadingleg is adjustable and the turn on time of
the laggingleg is fixed. So, the output power can be adjusted
by changing the turn on time of the leadingleg. Output
voltage is regulated by control signal.
4. SIMULATION RESULTS
In this section, simulation results of the proposed approach
are presented and discussed. The system simulations have
been done using MATLAB/SIMULINK. The specification of
the simulated circuit is given in TABLE I. Fig. 6 and Fig. 7
show the input phase current of I
a
and its harmonic spectrum
respectively in steady state condition. It is clear that input
current is of high quality and its THD is limited to 2.59%.
Fig. 8 shows the high frequency output voltage of the matrix
converter (output of the high frequency transformer) and Fig.
9 shows the DC output voltage.
To show dynamic performance of the proposed power
supply, simulations have been done for sudden change of the
load and input voltage. Fig. 10 shows input current I
a
when
sudden change of load is happened and Fig. 11 shows output
Design Specification Values
Input line voltage (v
i
) 380 V
Input frequency (f
i
) 50 Hz
Switching freq. in rectifier mode 10 KHz
Switching freq. in inverter mode 25 KHz
Output DC Voltage (V
dc
) 48 V
Load power (P
o
) 6 KW
Fig. 7. The input current harmonic spectrum
Fig. 8. High frequency output voltage of the matrix converter
Fig. 9. Output DC voltage
Fig. 6. The input current I
a
at 6KW output power
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voltage in that case. This is obvious that that after a short
time, DC output voltage return to the set point value (48 V).
To show the effectiveness of the proposed system when the
input voltages vary, 15% reduction of the threephase input
source voltages has been applied to the converter. Fig. 12
shows input current I
a
due to this input voltage changes and
Fig. 13 shows DC output voltage due to this reduction. These
figures show that the proposed circuit and algorithm doing
well and DC voltage is fixed in the setpoint.
Fig. 13. Output voltage due to 15% reduction of the input voltages
5. CONCLUSION
In this paper a DC power supply based on matrix converter
with reduced number of switches has been proposed. In the
proposed topology only a simple voltage control loop is
proposed and used, which can largely simplify its control
complexity and the bidirectional switches construction which
have specific commutation and protection problems are not
needed to use. Simulation results verify the feasibility of the
proposed converter in steady state and transient conditions.
Fig. 10. Input current I
a
due to sudden change of the load
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