The matrix converter drive performance under abnormal input voltage conditions

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Kang J., Hara H., Hava A., Yamamoto E., Watanabe E., Kume T.

IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON POWER ELECTRONICS, vol.17, no.5, pp.721-730, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/tpel.2002.802191
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.721-730
  • Keywords: current harmonics, matrix converter, power failure, PWM, voltage unbalance, 3-PHASE, UNBALANCE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The matrix converter (MC) is a direct frequency conversion device with high input power quality and regeneration capability. As a device without energy storage elements, it has higher power density than pulse-width modulation (PWM) inverter drives. However, for the same reason, the ac line side disturbances can degrade its performance and reliability. In this paper, the behavior of the MC drive under abnormal input line voltage conditions has been investigated. A technique to eliminate the input current distortion due to the input voltage unbalance has been developed and its feasibility proven via computer simulations and laboratory experiments. The power line failure behavior has also been investigated and the rapid restarting capability of the MC drive has been demonstrated via laboratory experiments.