Common-mode voltage reduction for space vector modulated three- to five-phase indirect matrix converter

Sherif M. Dabour*, Ayman S. Abdel-Khalik, Shehab Ahmed, Ahmed M. Massoud, S. M. Allam

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All available Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) techniques employed to different Matrix Converter (MC) topologies generally generate switching Common-Mode Voltage (CMV), which introduces numerous operational concerns in electric drives. Although a body of research for the three-phase case has been undertaken to either reduce or eliminate CMV, corresponding discussions for multiphase MC remain scarce. Interestingly enough, the three- to five-phase (3 × 5) Indirect MC (IMC) is a potential converter topology for five-phase based high power motor drives. In this paper, the different available switching states of a 3 × 5 IMC are classified based on their corresponding CMV levels. Accordingly, two different Space Vector Modulation (SVM) techniques are proposed, which can successfully reduce the peak CMV by 28% and 48%, respectively, when compared with the conventional modulation strategy, while the same maximum Voltage Transfer Ratio (VTR) is preserved. Although the 28% reduction has been alternatively achieved in literature based on carrier-based PWM, the 48% reduction attained in this study represents the maximum achievable reduction for this MC topology. The main concept is firstly introduced; then, both simulations and experiments are used to validate the proposed schemes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-274
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems
StatePublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

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  • Common Mode Voltage (CMV)
  • Five-phase
  • Matrix converter (MC)
  • Space vector modulation (SVM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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