Design, construction and testing of a reduced-scale cascaded multi-level converter
Crowe, Robert A.
Ashton, Robert W.
Ciezki, John G.
Fouts, Douglas J.
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The main focus in the design of the next generation combatant, DD(X), is the US Navy's proposed Integrated Power System (IPS) which includes an all-electric propulsion drive system. The reduction of current waveform harmonics is critical in combatant propulsion systems such as the IPS. One method of reducing the current harmonics is to utilize a multilevel converter topology. The multi-level converter, as compared to a standard converter, features low dv/dt losses and low switching losses. This thesis examines the design, construction and testing of two multi-level converters operated in tandem, called a Cascaded Multi-Level Converter (CMLC). A digital logic switching circuit is designed and constructed to control the CMLC during the operational testing phase. The CMLC is demonstrated in a three-phase high-voltage configuration with 178.5 V zero-to-peak voltage, 2.10 A zero-to-peak current achieved using an R-L load.
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