A hybrid converter system for high-performance large induction motor drives Academic Article uri icon


  • A hybrid converter system employing a combination of a load-commutated inverter (LCI), a dc-dc buck converter, and a voltage-source inverter (VSI) is proposed for the large induction motor drives. The VSI ensures the safe commutation of the LCI with active commutation angle control over all speed regions. By replacing capacitor banks and a forced dc-commutation circuit, this system can eliminate all drawbacks related to these circuits in the conventional LCI-based induction motor drives. Sinusoidal motor current and voltage waveforms are achieved with the VSI providing the reactive and harmonic power to the motor, resulting in high-performance drives. The buck converter enables both the VSI and the LCI to be fed from the single-diode rectifier. As a result, the dc-link inductor size can be reduced and the LCI is operated without the controlled rectifier. In addition, faster dynamic response can be obtained through the VSI and the buck converter operation. Finally, the buck converter performs the dc-link current control to ensure minimum VSI rating. The feasibility of the proposed hybrid circuit for the high-power drive systems is verified by computer simulation for a 500-hp induction motor. Experimental results are also included for a 1-hp induction motor laboratory setup controlled by the proposed hybrid system. 2005 IEEE.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Kwak, S., & Toliyat, H. A.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Kwak, S||Toliyat, HA

publication date

  • September 2005