Compatibility Issues Between the Filter and PWM Unit in Three-Phase AC Motor Drives Utilizing the Pure Sine Filter Configuration

Cetin N. O., HAVA A. M.

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INDUSTRY APPLICATIONS, vol.47, no.6, pp.2559-2569, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 47 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tia.2011.2168935
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.2559-2569
  • Keywords: AC motor, common-mode, discontinuous pulsewidth modulation (PWM), drive, inverter, overcurrent, pulsewidth modulation (PWM), pure sine filter (PSF), rate of change limiter (ROCL), COMMON-MODE VOLTAGE, PASSIVE EMI FILTER, SOURCE INVERTERS, LEAKAGE CURRENT, PERFORMANCE, REDUCTION, MODULATION, ALGORITHM, CURRENTS
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Inserted between the inverter and the ac motor for the purpose of providing clean sinusoidal voltage at the motor terminals, the pure sine filter (PSF) involves common-mode and differential-mode suppression components. When using PSF in a motor drive and employing advanced pulsewidth modulation (PWM) techniques with discontinuous modulation waveforms, a large common-mode current may circulate through the inverter and the filter resulting in overcurrent stress in the inverter and significant acoustic noise in the filter inductors. This paper first discusses the PSF and advanced PWM techniques, then investigates the performance issues that may arise when combining advanced discontinuous PWM methods with PSF and provides a curement for the overcurrent stress problems by means of a rate of change limiter. The simulations and detailed experimental studies illustrate the inverter overcurrent stress problems and the feasibility of the proposed method to cure the problems. Via experimental performance evaluation of various PWM methods, the paper also suggests, along with PSF, the use of advanced continuous and discontinuous PWM methods with reduced common-mode voltage for the purpose of performance enhancement and filter size reduction.