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Matrix converter open circuit fault behavior analysis and diagnosis with a model predictive control strategy (2018)
Journal Article
Zhang, J., Dan, H., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., & Wheeler, P. (2018). Matrix converter open circuit fault behavior analysis and diagnosis with a model predictive control strategy. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, doi:10.1109/jestpe.2018.2856460. ISSN 2168-6785

A novel fast and reliable open circuit fault diagnosis strategy for a Matrix Converter with a Finite Control Set Model Predictive Control strategy is proposed in this paper. Current sensors are located ahead of the clamp circuit to measure the output... Read More

Single stage dual active bridge AC-DC converter with active power decoupling (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Gottardo, D., De Lillo, L., Empringham, L., Costabeber, A., & Chen, L. (2018). Single stage dual active bridge AC-DC converter with active power decoupling. doi:10.1109/SPEEDAM.2018.8445410

The paper introduces a new a isolated DC-AC DAB converter topology, capable of active power decoupling on the AC side of the transformer, made up of two full bridges with no additional active component. The differential voltage modulated by the DC-si... Read More

IEEE ITRW working group position paper: packaging and integration: unlocking the full potential of wide-bandgap devices (2018)
Journal Article
Johnson, M., Wilson, P. R., Empringham, L., & De Lillo, L. (2018). IEEE ITRW working group position paper: packaging and integration: unlocking the full potential of wide-bandgap devices. IEEE Power Electronics Magazine, 5(2), 26-33. doi:10.1109/mpel.2018.2822246

The International Technology Roadmap for Wide-Bandgap Power Semiconductors (ITRW) has four distinct technical working groups, each providing its own perspective on the technology and industrial drivers for the adoption of wide-bandgap (WBG) power sem... Read More

Cost effective direct-substrate jet impingement cooling concept for power application (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Mouawad, B., Abebe, R., Skuriat, R., Li, J., De Lillo, L., Empringham, L., …Haynes, G. (2018). Cost effective direct-substrate jet impingement cooling concept for power application. In PCIM Europe 2018; International Exhibition and Conference for Power Electronics, Intelligent Motion, Renewable Energy and Energy Management

Direct substrate jet impingement cooling can eliminate the use of the baseplate and significantly reduce the weight and volume of conventional thermal management solutions. This work demonstrates a cost-effective manufacturing approach based on print... Read More

Direct predictive current-error vector control for a direct matrix converter (2018)
Journal Article
Vijayagopal, M., Silva, C. A., Empringham, L., & De Lillo, L. (2019). Direct predictive current-error vector control for a direct matrix converter. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 34(2), 1925-1935. doi:10.1109/TPEL.2018.2833495

This paper proposes a novel control strategy for matrix converters which is coined “Direct Predictive Current-error Vector Control”. The proposed control method retains the advantageous features of both a modulation scheme and of a predictive based c... Read More

Next generation integrated drive: a novel thermal and electrical integration technique for high power density converters used in automotive drive systems (2018)
Conference Proceeding
Ahmadi, B., Espina, J., De Lillo, L., Abebe, R., Empringham, L., & Johnson, C. M. (2018). Next generation integrated drive: a novel thermal and electrical integration technique for high power density converters used in automotive drive systems

In this paper, an innovative method of electro-thermal integration of a drive system is presented. Important challenges of this integration consist of, firstly coupled thermal design of switching power modules and PM electric motor and secondly integ... Read More

Sensorless control of matrix converter-fed synchronous reluctance motor drives (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Yousefi-Talouki, A., Stella, F., Odhano, S., De Lillo, L., Trentin, A., Pellegrino, G., & Zanchetta, P. (in press). Sensorless control of matrix converter-fed synchronous reluctance motor drives

This paper presents a sensorless control technique based on direct flux vector control (DFVC) method for synchronous reluctance (SyR) motor drives fed by a three-phase to three-phase matrix converter (MC). Rotor position is estimated based on active... Read More

Matrix converter open circuit fault diagnosis with asymmetric one zero SVM (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Zhang, J., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., Dan, H., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Matrix converter open circuit fault diagnosis with asymmetric one zero SVM

An open-circuit fault detection and diagnosis strategy for a direct matrix converter is proposed in this paper. The current recirculating path during an open circuit condition is considered in detail with the aim of contributing more expert knowledge... Read More

Highly-integrated power cell for high-power wide band-gap power converters (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Espina, J., Ahmadi, B., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., & Johnson, C. M. (2017). Highly-integrated power cell for high-power wide band-gap power converters

The fast switching speeds and low specific conduction losses of wide band-gap semiconductors allow the realisation of high-frequency, high power-density switching converters with dramatically reduced passive component requirements compared to Silicon... Read More

Differential buck single phase grid connected AC-DC converter with active power decoupling using a flipping Capacitor (2017)
Conference Proceeding
Gottardo, D., De Lillo, L., Empringham, L., & Costabeber, A. (2017). Differential buck single phase grid connected AC-DC converter with active power decoupling using a flipping Capacitor

This paper introduces a new single-phase AC-DC converter capable of achieving independent voltage control across a dedicated power decoupling capacitor, by exploiting the same full bridge that controls the grid current in combination with two bidirec... Read More

Control of a direct matrix converter with modulated model predictive control (2017)
Journal Article
Vijayagopal, M., Zanchetta, P., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., Tarisciotti, L., & Wheeler, P. (2017). Control of a direct matrix converter with modulated model predictive control. IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, 53(3), doi:10.1109/TIA.2017.2674602. ISSN 0093-9994

This paper investigates the use of a model- predic-tive control strategy to control a direct matrix converter. The proposed control method combines the features of the classical Model Predictive Control and the Space Vector Modulation technique into... Read More

Matrix converter open circuit behavior analysis (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Zhang, J., Brunson, C., Bowden, J., Wheeler, P., & De Lillo, L. (2016). Matrix converter open circuit behavior analysis. In IECON 2016 - 42nd Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Societydoi:10.1109/IECON.2016.7793184

The matrix converter current recirculating path during an open circuit condition is given in detail with the aim of contributing more expert knowledge to a fault detection system for matrix converter. Simulation results were obtained demonstrating ho... Read More

A low capacitance single-phase AC-DC converter with inherent power ripple decoupling (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Gottardo, D., De Lillo, L., Empringham, L., & Costabeber, A. (2016). A low capacitance single-phase AC-DC converter with inherent power ripple decoupling

This paper proposes a new single-phase AC-DC conversion topology with inherent power ripple decoupling, based on the combination of a PWM H-bridge inverter, an AC side LC filter and a ZVS line commutated H-bridge. A capacitor on the AC side is used a... Read More

Experimental comparison of devices thermal cycling in direct matrix converters (DMC) and Indirect Matrix Converters (IMC) using SiC MOSFETs (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Trentin, A., Zanchetta, P., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., Wheeler, P., & Clare, J. C. (2016). Experimental comparison of devices thermal cycling in direct matrix converters (DMC) and Indirect Matrix Converters (IMC) using SiC MOSFETs

This paper presents an experimental comparison between a Direct Matrix Converter and an Indirect Matrix Converter in terms of semiconductor devices thermal cycling. Both converters have been designed and built using SiC MOSFETs; the Indirect Matrix C... Read More

Conducted emission evaluation for direct matrix converters (2016)
Conference Proceeding
Nothofer, A., Tarisciotti, L., Greedy, S., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., & Degano, M. (2016). Conducted emission evaluation for direct matrix converters

Matrix converters have been recently proposed as an alternative solution to the standard back-to-back converter in aerospace applications. However, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI), in particular, conducted emissions represent a critical aspect for... Read More

Short-circuit fault analysis and isolation strategy for matrix converters (2015)
Journal Article
Wang, L., De Lillo, L., Brunson, C., Empringham, L., & Wheeler, P. (in press). Short-circuit fault analysis and isolation strategy for matrix converters. Journal of Central South University of Technology, 22(9), doi:10.1007/s11771-015-2886-y. ISSN 1005-9784

The behavior of matrix converter (MC) drive systems under the condition of MC short-circuit faults is comprehensively investigated. Two isolation strategies using semiconductors and high speed fuses (HSFs) for MC short-circuit faults are examined and... Read More

Experimental comparison of a matrix converter using Si IGBT and SiC MOSFETs (2015)
Journal Article
Trentin, A., De Lillo, L., Empringham, L., Wheeler, P., & Clare, J. C. (2015). Experimental comparison of a matrix converter using Si IGBT and SiC MOSFETs. IEEE Journal of Emerging and Selected Topics in Power Electronics, 3(2), doi:10.1109/JESTPE.2014.2381001. ISSN 2168-6785

This paper presents an analytical and experimental comparison between comparable Silicon (Si) IGBTs and Silicon Carbide (SiC) MOSFETS when used in a direct AC/AC matrix converter circuit. The switching performance of the two devices is analysed and t... Read More

Open circuit fault detection and diagnosis in matrix converters (2014)
Journal Article
Brunson, C., Empringham, L., De Lillo, L., Wheeler, P., & Clare, J. C. (2014). Open circuit fault detection and diagnosis in matrix converters. IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 30(5), doi:10.1109/TPEL.2014.2364152. ISSN 0885-8993

With the increased use of power electronics in aerospace, automotive, industrial, and energy generation sectors, the demand for highly reliable and power dense solutions has increased. Matrix converters become attractive when taking into account dema... Read More