Carlos R. Baier

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Modular current source converters (MCSCs) have been proposed as an alternative method for increasing the power range of medium voltage PWM AC drives. MCSCs are built by stacking parallel current source converters. Two advantages that make MCSCs attractive are: (a) extended current/voltage ratings beyond the device ratings and (b) simplicity in balancing the(More)
Digital signal processors (DSPs) and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) are predominant in the implementation of digital controllers and/or modulators for power converter applications. This paper presents a systematic comparison between these two technologies, depicting the main advantages and drawbacks of each one. Key programming and implementation(More)
—The analysis of a multicell topology that is implemented with single-phase nonregenerative cells under an unbalanced ac mains is presented. The study shows that the topology naturally compensates most of the voltage unbalance; for instance, for a 100% voltage unbalance in the ac mains, just 32% reaches the load. For critical applications, a feedforward(More)
—Interharmonics exist in the ac supply currents in ac/dc/ac drives mainly due to the poor decoupled behavior of the dc-link stage. This issue is particularly evident when different input/output operating frequencies are used, causing harmful effects on power transformers and reducing the system efficiency and power quality. Consequently, large(More)
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