INVERTERS
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SinglePhase Inverters
HalfBridge Inverter
One of the simplest types of inverter. Produces a square wave output.
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
Full Bridge (Hbridge) Inverter
Two halfbridge inverters combined.
Allows for four quadrant operation.
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
Quadrant 1: Positive stepdown converter
(forward motoring)
Q1On; Q2  Chopping; D3,Q1 freewheeling
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
Quadrant 2: Positive stepup converter
(forward regeneration)
Q4  Chopping; D2,D1 freewheeling
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
Quadrant 3: Negative stepdown converter
(reverse motoring)
Q3On; Q4  Chopping; D1,Q3 freewheeling
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
Quadrant 4: Negative stepup converter
(reverse regeneration)
Q2  Chopping; D3,D4 freewheeling
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
PhaseShift Voltage Control  the output of
the Hbridge inverter can be controlled by
phase shifting the control of the
component halfbridges. See waveforms
on next slide.
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
The waveform of the output voltage v
ab
is a quasi
square wave of pulse width . The Fourier series of v
ab
is given by:
The value of the fundamental, a
1
=
The harmonic components as a function of phase
angle are shown in the next slide.
( )
1,3,5...
4
sin cos
2
d
ab
n
V n
v n t
n

e
t
=
(
 
=

(
\ .
¸ ¸
¿
( )
4
sin / 2
d
V

t
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SinglePhase Inverters
(cont’d)
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ThreePhase Bridge
Inverters
Threephase bridge inverters are widely
used for ac motor drives. Two modes of
operation  square wave and sixstep. The
topology is basically three halfbridge
inverters, each phaseshifted by 2t/3,
driving each of the phase windings.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The three squarewave phase voltages can
be expressed in terms of the dc supply
voltage, V
d
, by Fourier series as:
1
0
1,3,5...
2
( 1) cos( )
n
d
a
n
V
v n t e
t
+
=
= ÷
¿
1
0
1,3,5...
2 2
( 1) cos( )
3
n
d
b
n
V
v n t
t
e
t
+
=
= ÷ ÷
¿
1
0
1,3,5...
2 2
( 1) cos( )
3
n
d
c
n
V
v n t
t
e
t
+
=
= ÷ +
¿
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The line voltages can then be expressed as:
0 0
1,3,5...
2 3
cos( / 2) cos( 2)
d
bc b c
n
V
v v v t n t e t e t
t
=
= ÷ = ÷ ÷ ÷
¿
0 0
1,3,5...
2 3
cos( 5 / 6) cos( 5 6)
d
ca c a
n
V
v v v t n t e t e t
t
=
= ÷ = + ÷ ÷
¿
0 0
1,3,5...
2 3
cos( / 6) cos( 6)
d
ab a b
n
V
v v v t n t e t e t
t
=
= ÷ = + ÷ +
¿
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The line voltages are sixstep waveforms and
have characteristic harmonics of 6n±1,
where n is an integer. This type of inverter is
referred to as a sixstep inverter.
The threephase fundamental and harmonics
are balanced with a mutual phase shift of
2t/3.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
If the threephase load neutral n is isolated from the the
center tap of the dc voltage supply (as is normally the
case in an ac machine) the equivalent circuit is shown
below.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
In this case the isolated neutralphase
voltages are also sixstep waveforms with
the fundamental component phaseshifted
by t/6 from that of the respective line
voltage. Also, in this case, the triplen
harmonics are suppressed.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
For a linear and balanced 3u load, the line currents
are also balanced. The individual line current
components can be obtained from the Fourier series
of the line voltage. The total current can be obtained
by addition of the individual currents. A typical line
current wave with inductive load is shown below.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The inverter can operate in the usual inverting or
motoring mode. If the phase current wave, i
a
, is
assumed to be perfectly filtered and lags the phase
voltage by t/3 the voltage and current waveforms are
as shown below:
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
The inverter can also operate in rectification or regeneration
mode in which power is pushed back to the dc side from the ac
side. The waveforms corresponding to this mode of operation
with phase angle = 2t/3 are shown below:
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The phaseshift voltage control principle
described earlier for the singlephase
inverter can be extended to control the
output voltage of a threephase inverter.
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The three waveforms v
a0
,v
b0
, and v
c0
are of
amplitude 0.5V
d
and are mutually phase
shifted by 2t/3.
The three waveforms v
e0
,v
f0
, and v
g0
are of
similar but phase shifted by .
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The transformer’s secondary phase voltages,
v
A0
, v
B0
, and v
c0
may be expressed as follows:
where m is the transformer turns ratio
(= N
s
/N
p
). Note that each of these waves is a
function of  angle.
0 0 0
( )
A ad a d
v mv m v v = = ÷
0 0 0
( )
B be b e
v mv m v v = = ÷
0 0 0
( )
C cf c f
v mv m v v = = ÷
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The output line voltages are given by:
While the component voltage waves v
a0
, v
d0
, v
A0
… etc. all
contain triplen harmonics, they are eliminated from the
line voltages because they are cophasal. Thus the line
voltages are sixstep waveforms with order of harmonics
= 6n±1 at a phase angle .
0 0 AB A B
v v v = ÷
0 0 BC B C
v v v = ÷
0 0 CA C A
v v v = ÷
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The Fourier series for v
A0
and v
B0
are given
by:
( )
0
1,3,5...
4
sin cos
2
d
A
n
mV n
v n t
n

e
t
=
(
 
=

(
\ .
¸ ¸
¿
( )
0
1,3,5...
4
sin cos 2 / 3
2
d
B
n
mV n
v n t
n

e t
t
=
(
 
= ÷

(
\ .
¸ ¸
¿
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ThreePhase Bridge Inverters
(cont’d)
The Fourier series for v
AB
is given by:
Note that the triplen harmonics are removed
in v
AB
although they are present in v
A0
and
v
B0
.
( )
1,5,7,11...
4 2
sin cos cos
2 3
d
n
mV n
n t n t
n
 t
e e
t
=
( (
   
= ÷ ÷
 
( (
\ . \ .
¸ ¸ ¸ ¸
¿
0 0 AB A B
v v v = ÷
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PWM Technique
While the 3u 6step inverter offers simple
control and low switching loss, lower order
harmonics are relatively high leading to high
distortion of the current wave (unless
significant filtering is performed).
PWM inverter offers better harmonic control
of the output than 6step inverter.
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PWM Principle
The dc input to the inverter is “chopped” by
switching devices in the inverter. The
amplitude and harmonic content of the ac
waveform is controlled by the duty cycle of
the switches. The fundamental voltage v
1
has max. amplitude = 4V
d
/t for a square
wave output but by creating notches, the
amplitude of v
1
is reduced (see next slide).
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PWM Principle (cont’d)
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PWM Techniques
Various PWM techniques, include:
• Sinusoidal PWM (most common)
• Selected Harmonic Elimination (SHE)
PWM
• SpaceVector PWM
• Instantaneous current control PWM
• Hysteresis band current control PWM
• Sigmadelta modulation
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Sinusoidal PWM
The most common PWM approach is
sinusoidal PWM. In this method a
triangular wave is compared to a
sinusoidal wave of the desired
frequency and the relative levels of the
two waves is used to control the
switching of devices in each phase leg
of the inverter.
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Sinusoidal PWM
(cont’d)
SinglePhase (HalfBridge) Inverter
Implementation
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Sinusoidal PWM (cont’d)
when v
a0
> v
T
T
+
on; T

off; v
a0
= ½V
d
v
a0
< v
T
T

on; T
+
off; v
a0
= ½V
d
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Sinusoidal PWM
(cont’d)
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Sinusoidal PWM (cont’d)
Definition of terms:
Triangle waveform switching freq. = f
c
(also called
carrier freq.)
Control signal freq. = f (also called modulation
freq.)
Amplitude modulation ratio, m
= V
p
V
T
Frequency modulation ratio,
m
f
(P)= f
c
/ f
Peak amplitude
of control signal
Peak amplitude
of triangle wave
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Multiple PulseWidth Modulation
• In multiplepulse modulation, all pulses are
the same width
• Vary the pulse width according to the
amplitude of a sine wave evaluated at the
center of the same pulse
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Generate the gating signal
2 Reference Signals, v
r
, v
r
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Comparing the carrier and reference signals
• Generate g
1
signal by comparison with v
r
• Generate g
4
signal by comparison with v
r
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Comparing the carrier and reference signals
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Potential problem if Q
1
and Q
4
try to turn ON
at the same time!
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If we prevent the problem
Output voltage is low when g
1
and g
4
are
both high
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This composite signal is difficult to generate
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Generate the same gate pulses with one
sine wave
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Alternate scheme
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rms output voltage
• Depends on the modulation index, M
2
1
p
m
o S S
m
p
V V V
o o
t t
=
¿ = ÷
Where δ
m
is the width of the mth pulse
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Fourier coefficients of the output voltage
( ) ( )
2
1
4 3
sin sin sin
4 4 4
1, 3, 5, ..
p
S m m m
n m m
m
V n
B n n
n
n
o o o
o t o
t
=
¿
(
= + ÷ + +
(
¸ ¸
=
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Harmonic Profile
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Compare with multiplepulse case for p=5
Distortion Factor is considerably less
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SeriesResonant Inverter
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Operation
T
1
fired, resonant pulse of current
flows through the load. The current
falls to zero at t = t
1m
and T
1
is “self –
commutated”.
T
2
fired, reverse resonant current
flows through the load and T
2
is also
“selfcommutated”.
The series resonant circuit must be
underdamped,
R
2
< (4L/C)
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Operation in Mode 1 – Fire T
1
1
1 1
1
1
(0)
(0) 0
(0)
C S
C C
di
L Ri i dt v V
dt C
i
v V
+ + + =
=
= ÷
}
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2
1 1
1
2
2
2
1
1
0
1
( ) sin
1
4
( ) sin
2
R
t
L
r
r
s c
t r
t
s c
r
r
i t Ae t
R
LC L
V V di
A
dt L
V V
i t e t
L
R
L
o
e
e
e
e
e
o
÷
=
÷
=
 
= ÷

\ .
+
= =
+
=
=
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To find the time when the current is
maximum, set the first derivative = 0
( )
1
1
1
0
sin cos 0
.....
tan
tan
1
tan
2
t t
s c
r r r
r
r
r m
r m
r m
r
m
r
di
dt
V V
e t e t
L
t
t
t
t
o o
o e e e
e
e
e
o
e
e
o
e
e
÷ ÷
÷
÷
=
 
+
÷ + =

\ .
=
=
=
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To find the capacitor voltage, integrate the
current
( )
( )
1
1
1
1
1
0
0
1
1 1
1
( ) ( )
1
( ) sin
...
( ) ( ) ( sin cos ) /
0 ( )
( )
r
t
C c
t
t
s c
C r C
r
t
C s C r r r r s
m
r
C m C s C s
v t i t dt V
C
V V
v t e t dt V
C L
v t V V e t t V
t t
v t V V V e V
o
o
ot
e
e
e
o e e e e
t
e
÷
÷
÷
= ÷
 
+
= ÷

\ .
= ÷ + + +
s s
= = + +
}
}
The current i
1
becomes = 0 @ t=t
1m
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Operation in Mode 2 – T
1
, T
2
Both OFF
2 1
2 2 1
2
2
( ) 0
( )
( )
m
C C
C C C
i t
v t V
v t V V
=
=
= =
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t
2m
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Operation in Mode 3 – Fire T
2
3
3 2 1
3
3 3
3
1
(0) 0
(0) 0
(0)
C
C C C
di
L Ri i dt v
dt C
i
v V V
+ + + =
=
= ÷ = ÷
}
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1
3 1
1
3
3
3
0
3
( ) sin
1
( )
( sin cos )
( )
0 ( )
m
C
t
r
r
t
C C
t
C r r r
C
r
r
V
i t e t
L
v t i dt V
C
V e t t
v t
t t
o
o
e
e
o e e e
e
t
e
÷
÷
=
= ÷
÷ +
=
s s
}
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3 3 1
1 1
1
1
3
1
( )
( ) ( )
.
.
1
1
1
r
m
r
m
C C C C
C C S C S
C S
z
z
C S
z
C S C
v t V V V e
v t V V V e V
V V
e
e
V V
e
V V V
t
o
e
t
o
e
÷
÷
= = =
= = + +
=
÷
=
÷
+ =