Medium-voltage grid-tied systems often use a cascaded H-bridge multi-level active front-end. In this converter, dc link bus capacitors play an important role in stabilizing the converter and enabling both active and reactive power injections. The present work provides analytical expressions for the capacitor current, which are essential for optimizing system design (especially capacitor size vs. lifetime). Then, the expression is incorporated into the grid connected bidirectional power system model. Consequently, this work contributes to the guiding principles to choose accurate dc link capacitor ratings against grid-side power delivery requirements.
DC-link capacitors come with an expiration date which is dependent on the operating power and voltage values. Lack of information about the lifetime of the dc-link capacitor creates uncertainty in the duration of online operation of the converter, thus increasing the probability of a contingency outage. The lifetime of the capacitor can range from only a few seconds of online operation of the station due to under-sizing, to a compromised quality of power flowing through other solid state devices which may not have been designed for the transients that are caused by over-sizing of the dc-link capacitor. A better estimate of the lifetime of these capacitors can help maximize usage and maintain scheduled outages more efficiently, without disruption in service”--Abstract, page iv.
Kimball, Jonathan W.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
M.S. in Electrical Engineering
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation
- Analytical expression for dc link capacitor current in a cascaded H-bridge multi-level active front-end converter
- Analysis and design of dc-link capacitor in cascaded H-bridge multilevel active front-end converter
x, 50 pages
© 2021 Muhammad Shehroz Malik, All rights reserved.
Thesis - Open Access
Malik, Muhammad Shehroz, "Analysis and design of DC-link capacitor in cascaded H-bridge multilevel active front-end converter" (2021). Masters Theses. 8019.