A Simplified Space Vector Modulation Scheme for Multilevel Converters

    •  Deng, Y., Wang, Y., Teo, K.H., Harley, R.G., "A Simplified Space Vector Modulation Scheme for Multilevel Converters", IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, DOI: 10.1109/​TPEL.2015.2429595, Vol. 31, No. 3, March 2016.
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      • @article{Deng2015may,
      • author = {Deng, Yi and Wang, Yebin and Teo, Koon Hoo and Harley, Ronald G.},
      • title = {A Simplified Space Vector Modulation Scheme for Multilevel Converters},
      • journal = {IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics},
      • year = 2016,
      • volume = 31,
      • number = 3,
      • month = mar,
      • doi = {10.1109/TPEL.2015.2429595},
      • issn = {0885-8993},
      • url = {}
      • }
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This paper proposes a simplified space vector modulation (SVM) scheme for multilevel converters. Compared with earlier SVM methods, the proposed scheme simplifies the detection of the nearest three vectors and the generation of switching sequences, and therefore is computationally more efficient. Particularly, for the first time, the proposed scheme achieves the same easy implementation as phase-voltage modulation techniques. Another superior characteristic of the proposed scheme over earlier methods is its potential for multiphase multilevel applications. The proposed scheme also offers the following significant advantages: 1) independence of the level number of the converter; 2) more degrees of freedom, i.e., redundant switching sequences and adjustable duty cycles, to optimize the switching patterns; and 3) no need for lookup tables or coordinate transformations. These advantages make the proposed scheme well suited to large level-number applications, such as modular multilevel converters (MMCs) and high voltage direct current (HVDC) systems. Simulation and experimental results verify this new concept.