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A Leakage-Inductance-Tolerant Commutation Strategy for Isolated AC/AC Converters

Nasir, Usman; Costabeber, Alessandro; Rivera, Marco; Wheeler, Pat; Clare, Jon


Usman Nasir

Alessandro Costabeber

Marco Rivera

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Professor of Power Electronics


© 2013 IEEE. This paper proposes a generalized commutation strategy suitable for matrix-based isolated ac/ac conversion stages in solid-state transformers for use whenever there is nonnegligible leakage inductance in the isolation transformer. The standard 4-step commutation used in matrix converters can no longer be applied when transformer leakage inductance is present, as overrated switching devices or dissipative snubbers would be necessary, reducing the attractiveness of the topologies that include matrix-based isolated ac/ac stages. A case study of a single-phase ac/ac converter has been investigated in detail to demonstrate the application of the proposed commutation method to a topology that has recently been identified as the potential building block for future multimodular ac/ac converters for grid applications. The proposed leakage-inductance-tolerant commutation strategy is based on the definition of a current decoupling phase in the commutation sequence and only needs suitable timing of the commutation steps, without high bandwidth voltage or current measurements. Matching simulations and experimental results from a 3-kW laboratory scale prototype are presented to support the effectiveness of the proposed strategy.


Nasir, U., Costabeber, A., Rivera, M., Wheeler, P., & Clare, J. (2019). A Leakage-Inductance-Tolerant Commutation Strategy for Isolated AC/AC Converters. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, 7(1), 467-479.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 18, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2018
Publication Date 2019-03
Deposit Date Aug 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2018
Journal IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics
Electronic ISSN 2168-6785
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 1
Pages 467-479
Keywords 4-Step Commutation, Grid interconnection, Isolated Single-Phase AC-AC converters, Leakage-inductance, Matrix converters, Multi-Modular converters, Solid-State Transformers
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