Nonlinear behavior and instability in a three-phase boost rectifier connected to a nonideal power grid with an interacting load

Cheng Wan, Meng Huang, Chi Kong Tse, Siu Chung Wong, Xinbo Ruan

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Three-phase voltage source converters (VSCs) are commonly used to convert ac power from a three-phase grid to a regulated dc voltage with unity input power factor. The control of the VSC is normally achieved by an outer voltage feedback loop and a sinusoidal pulsewidth-modulated inner current loop. However, the nonideal power grid and the presence of other interacting loads give rise to nonlinear operation and drive the VSC to enter an irreversible instability region. In this paper, an irreversible bifurcation phenomenon in a three-phase VSC connected to a power grid with an interacting load is reported. The converter can also be regarded as exhibiting a catastrophic bifurcation in which the input current expands to impose undesirable component stress. A large-signal analysis is adopted to identify the physical origin of the phenomenon and to locate the boundary of the instability. Experimental results on a 4-kVA ac/dc converter prototype provide verification of the instability phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6353249
Pages (from-to)3255-3265
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2013


  • Bifurcation
  • instability
  • power grid
  • three-phase voltage source converter (VSC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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