Active power factor correction using nonlinear control

K. M. Tsang, Wai Lok Chan

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Conventional active power factor correction (PFC) converters are using classical PI controllers to carry out power factor correction. As the voltage input to the converter is fluctuating, a PI controller with nonlinear gain is proposed for the control of the supply current. To further reduce the total harmonic distortion of the supply current, a new reference current generation has been introduced. One of the novelties of the proposed approach is the possibility of generating reactive power for the converter to compensate loads outside the converter. Experimental studies are included to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed nonlinear PI controller.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)973-983
Number of pages11
JournalElectric Power Components and Systems
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005


  • Active power factor correction
  • Harmonic elimination
  • Nonlinear pi controller

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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