Three-Phase Three-Level Flying Capacitors Split-Source Inver ters: Analysis and Modulation
Abstract-Single-stage dc-ac power converters with boost capabilities offer an interesting alternative compared to two-stage architecture. One of the recently proposed single-stage dc-ac power converters is the split-source inverter (SSI). This paper extends the SSI topology from the two-level operation to the three-level one using the flying capacitors configuration. Among the diode-clamped SSI (DC-SSI) and flying capacitors SSI (FC-SSI), the second one is proposed in order to avoid the need of two isolated dc sources. This paper shows that the FC-SSI provides additional merits compared to the two-level SSI in terms of input inductance requirements using the same switching frequency, voltage stresses across the active switches, and total harmonic distortion (THD) of the output voltage. Such results are obtained by discussing the analysis and the modulation of this topology, considering some simulation results, and comparing it to some other existing topologies to show its properties and limitations. Finally, a reducedscale 1.5-kVA three-level FC-SSI is implemented experimentally to validate its functionality and verify the proposed analysis and modulation properties.
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