Real time simulation of reduced switch multilevel inverter with PWM switching sequence control

Kanike Vinod Kumar, R. Saravana Kumar


Reduction of switch count in symmetrical and asymmetrical reduced switch multilevel inverter designs has been proposed regularly with operation of conventional carrier-based pulse width modulation technique. In this study, a novel structure of symmetrical Hexa shaped model reduced switch seven level output inverter is proposed without any auxiliary switch and H-bridge. Proposed structure offers a smaller number of switch count and voltage sources which results in the cost and complexity reduction of its implementation. To operate the switching sequence of inverter from carrier based alternative phase opposition disposition (APOD), phase opposition disposition (POD), and phase disposition (PD) methods, suitable logical expression to be realize which gained more prominence. Active utilization of two voltage sources in each mode of operation results in significant reduction of voltage stress across each switch is achieved. A comparative study of proposed multilevel inverters (MLI) with various reduced switch MLIs has been presented. Initially, simulation model implementation has been carried out with MATLAB/Simulink and observed the performance parameters and total harmonic distortion (THD). Simulation results are carried for the comparison of the results obtained in the real time work performed on OPAL-RT 5700 simulator.


Hexa MLI; Pulse width modulation; Real time simulation; Reduced switch MLI; Switching sequence; THD

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