A robust 18-pulse rectifier for adjustable speed drive systems Conference Paper uri icon


  • Eighteen pulse rectifiers have been lately utilized to improve the input current distortion in Adjustable Speed Drive (ASD). However, when a large capacitor is connected in the de-side, the performance is significantly deteriorated. The input current THD decreases when the relationship between the dc output current and the short circuit current of the utility line (I d/I sc), decreases, i.e. for lighter loads or stronger utility lines the performance becomes worse. Similarly, the THD is also affected when the utility line suffers a voltage unbalance condition or voltage harmonic distortion. It is not uncommon to measure 1% to 3% voltage unbalance and/or 2.5% to 5% pre-existing 5 th and 7 th harmonic voltage distortion. In this paper, a combination of an 18-pulse rectifier and an Active Power Filter (APF) to improve the input current distortion in ASD is proposed. The APF provides the 18-pulse rectifier with the ability to achieve a high performance over a wide spectrum of operating conditions. The approach also has the characteristic of maintaining a balance of performance, cost and reliability. Results from a 480V/30kW ASD prototype will be discussed in the conference presentation. 2005 IEEE.

name of conference

  • APEC 2005. Twentieth Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition

published proceedings

  • Twentieth Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, 2005. APEC 2005.

author list (cited authors)

  • Aeloiza, E., Durrani, Y., Rayner, M., Gopinath, R., & Enjeti, P.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Aeloiza, E||Durrani, Y||Rayner, M||Gopinath, R||Enjeti, P

publication date

  • January 2005