Universidad de Costa Rica

An Integrated Converter and Machine Control System for MMC-Based High-Power Drives

Ing. Mauricio Espinoza Bolaños, PhD.
Mauricio Espinoza-B and Roberto Cárdenas and Jon Clare and Diego Soto-Sanchez and Matias Diaz and Enrique Espina and Christoph M Hackl
IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics


The modular multilevel converter (MMC) is a promising topology for high-power drive applications. However, large voltage fluctuations can be produced in the floating capacitors when the machine operates with high stator currents at low rotational speed. To compensate these oscillations, relatively large mitigation currents are required to keep the capacitor voltages within an acceptable range. In this paper, a new integrated control scheme is discussed to regulate the voltage fluctuations. The strategy is based on closed-loop vector-control of the voltage fluctuations, maintaining them inside a predefined threshold. The proposed control system is also augmented using flux-weakening operation of the machine at low rotational speeds. An experimental prototype composed of 18 power cells, feeding a vector-controlled induction machine in the whole speed range, is used to validate the effectiveness and feasibility of …

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