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Multi-objective modulated Model Predictive Control for a multilevel solid state transformer

Tarisciotti, Luca; Zanchetta, Pericle; Watson, Alan James; Wheeler, Patrick; Clare, Jon C.; Bifaretti, Stefano


Luca Tarisciotti

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Professor of Power Electronics

Stefano Bifaretti


Finite Control Set Model Predictive Control (FCS-MPC) offers many advantages over more traditional control techniques, such as the ability to avoid cascaded control loops, easy inclusion of constraint and fast transient response of the control system. This control scheme has been recently applied to several power conversion systems, such as two, three or more level converters, Matrix converters, etc. Unfortunately, because of the lack of presence of a modulation strategy, this approach produces spread spectrum harmonics which are difficult to filter effectively. This may results in a degraded power quality when compared to more traditional control schemes. Furthermore, high switching frequencies may be needed, considering the limited number of switching states in the converter. This paper presents a novel multi-objective Modulated predictive control strategy, which preserves the desired characteristics of FCS-MPC but produces superior waveform quality. The proposed method is validated by experimental tests on a seven level Cascaded H-Bridge Back-To-Back converter and compared to a classic MPC scheme.


Tarisciotti, L., Zanchetta, P., Watson, A. J., Wheeler, P., Clare, J. C., & Bifaretti, S. (2015). Multi-objective modulated Model Predictive Control for a multilevel solid state transformer. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 51(5),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 25, 2015
Online Publication Date May 4, 2015
Publication Date Sep 16, 2015
Deposit Date May 5, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 5, 2016
Journal IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications
Print ISSN 0093-9994
Electronic ISSN 0093-9994
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 5
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