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    Fast fault detection method for modular multilevel converter semiconductor power switches

    , Article IET Power Electronics ; Volume 9, Issue 2 , 2016 , Pages 165-174 ; 17554535 (ISSN) Haghnazari, S ; Khodabandeh, M ; Zolghadri, M. R ; Sharif University of Technology
    Institution of Engineering and Technology  2016
    This study proposes a new fault detection method for modular multilevel converter (MMC) semiconductor power switches. While in common MMCs, the cells capacitor voltages are measured directly for control purposes, in this study voltage measurement point changes to the cell output terminal improving fault diagnosis ability. Based on this measurement reconfiguration, a novel fault detection algorithm is designed for MMCs semiconductor power switches. The open circuit and short circuit faults are detected based on unconformity between modules output voltage and switching signals. Simulation and experimental results confirm accurate and fast operation of the proposed method in faulty cell... 

    A modified indirect model predictive control for modular multilevel converters

    , Article 2017 25th Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering, ICEE 2017, 2 May 2017 through 4 May 2017 ; 2017 , Pages 1366-1371 ; 9781509059638 (ISBN) Razani, R ; Ravanji, M. H ; Parniani, M ; Sharif University of Technology
    Modular multilevel converter (MMC) is among the promising topologies used in high-voltage/power purposes, especially for high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission systems. In this paper, a modified model predictive control (MPC) strategy for an MMC-HVDC system is presented. In the proposed MPC strategy, output current, circulating current and capacitors voltage are controlled separately. In order to reduce the computational burden of the controller, the output current is controlled directly without any optimization. For suppression of the circulating current, capacitors voltage variations are employed to settle the converter arms voltages to their reference values. In addition, the...