Most existing power supplies for induction heating equipment produce voltage at a single (adjustable) frequency. Recently, however, induction heating power supplies that produce voltage at two (adjustable) frequencies have been researched and even commercialized. Dual-frequency power supplies are a significant development for heat-treating workpieces with uneven geometries, such as gears, since different portions of such workpieces are heated dissimilarly at a single frequency and so require a two step process using a single-frequency power supply. On the other hand, a dual-frequency power supply can achieve the desired result for such workpieces in a one step process. This paper proposes the use of multilevel converters for providing induction heating power at two frequencies simultaneously, which may achieve higher efficiency, improved control, reduced electromagnetic interference and greater reliability than existing dual-frequency power supplies. It also describes how the stepping angles for the desired output from such converters can be determined for both the equal and unequal source cases. Furthermore, experimental results are presented as a verification of the analysis.

Meeting Name

19th Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2004


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Dual-Frequency Induction Heating; Dual-Frequency Power Supplies; Electromagnetic Interference; Electromagnetic Interference Reduction; Heat-Treating Workpieces; Induction Heating; Induction Heating Equipment; Interference Suppression; Invertors; Multilevel Inverters; Power Supplies to Apparatus; Single-Frequency Power Supply

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

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Final Version

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© 2004 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 Jul 2004