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Experimental validation of harmonic impedance measurement and LTP Nyquist criterion for stability analysis in power converter networks

Salis, Valerio; Costabeber, Alessandro; Cox, Stephen M.; Tardelli, Francesco; Zanchetta, Pericle

Authors

Valerio Salis

Alessandro Costabeber

Stephen M. Cox

Francesco Tardelli



Abstract

This paper presents the first experimental validation of the stability analysis based on the online measurement of harmonic impedances exploiting the Linear Time Periodic (LTP) approach, applied to AC networks of power converters. Previous publications have provided the theoretical framework for the method, enabling the stability assessment of an unknown system adopting a black-box approach, relying only on injected perturbations and local measurements. The experimental case study considered in this paper comprises two single-phase converters, one acting as \textit{source subsystem} and the other as \textit{load subsystem}. A third converter, the \textit{Stability Measurement Unit} (SMU), is controlled to inject small current perturbations at the point of common coupling (PCC). From the measured small-signal perturbations of PCC voltage, source current and load current, the harmonic impedances of source and load subsystems are calculated. The LTP Nyquist Criterion is then applied to the ratio of the two harmonic impedances in order to assess the stability of the whole system. Theoretical and experimental results from a 5 kW laboratory prototype are provided and confirm the effectiveness of the method. In addition, the measurements do not require sophisticated equipment or control boards and can be easily performed from data sampled by commercial micro-controllers.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2019
Journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Print ISSN 0885-8993
Electronic ISSN 1941-0107
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 8
Pages 7972-7982
APA6 Citation Salis, V., Costabeber, A., Cox, S. M., Tardelli, F., & Zanchetta, P. (2019). Experimental validation of harmonic impedance measurement and LTP Nyquist criterion for stability analysis in power converter networks. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 34(8), 7972-7982. doi:10.1109/tpel.2018.2880935
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/tpel.2018.2880935
Keywords Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Publisher URL https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8532317

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