Common-Mode and Differential-Mode Active Damping for PWM Rectifiers

Mohammadhassan Hedayati* (Corresponding Author), Vinod John

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Modern pulse-width-modulated (PWM) rectifiers use LCL filters that can be applied in both the common mode and differential mode to obtain high-performance filtering. Interaction between the passive L and C components in the filter leads to resonance oscillations. These oscillations need to be damped either by the passive damping or active damping. The passive damping increases power loss and can reduce the effectiveness of the filter. Methods of active damping, using control strategy, are lossless while maintaining the effectiveness of the filters. In this paper, an active damping strategy is proposed to damp the oscillations in both line-to-line and line-to-ground. An approach based on pole placement by the state feedback is used to actively damp both the differential- and common-mode filter oscillations. Analytical expressions for the state-feedback controller gains are derived for both continuous and discrete-time model of the filter. Tradeoff in selection of the active damping gain on the lower order power converter harmonics is analyzed using a weighted admittance function. Experimental results on a 10-kVA laboratory prototype PWM rectifier are presented. The results validate the effectiveness of the active damping method, and the tradeoff in the settings of the damping gain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3188-3200
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE transactions on power electronics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014


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