Topologies Of Cascaded H Bridge Multilevel Inverter Biology Essay

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This paper mainly deals with three different topologies of cascaded H-Bridge multilevel inverter. The Existing Topology is a general type of multilevel inverter and has two DC sources for each phase. In Proposed Topology-I the number of DC sources has been reduced to one for all the three phases and the usage of transformers comes into picture. Proposed Topology-II has also only one DC source for all the three phases and the number of switches have been reduced than compare to all other proposed topologies of Cascaded H-bridge Multilevel inverter. MATLAB simulations has been carried out for all three Topologies and compared with each other.

Multilevel converters are a very interesting solution for medium and high voltage applications. Because of its characteristic of synthesize a sinusoidal voltage on several DC levels. The better topology for power quality and transmission systems applications is the cascade multilevel inverters. However, this topology presents a problem that consists in the use of several DC sources. In the last years multilevel inverters have had a great relevance in transmission and distribution systems, due to its general structure which synthesizes a sinusoidal voltage in many voltages levels.

Muti level inverter generate an output signal with low THD because of this the size of the output filter reduces whose cutoff frequency depends on the modulation technique and the switching frequency used. In addition it can be possible to use PWM modulation over each step staircase voltage, generating a high PWM frequency output.

The Existing Topology of cascaded H-Bridge multilevel inverter is general type of Multi Level Inverter (MLI) and it has two DC sources for each phase and number of semi conductor switches for each phase is eight.fig shows the general type cascaded H-Bridge multilevel inverter.

Proposed Topology-I employs one single dc input power source and isolated three-phase low-frequency transformers. The number of DC sources has been reduced to one for all the three phases. It is possible to increase the power density of the circuit.

In the Proposed Topology-II the total number of switches has been reduced to six when compared to Existing Topology and the use of capacitors in this circuit is more in this topology and more over the number of DC sources has been reduced to one for all the three phases. It is possible to increase the power density of the circuit because of removing bulky inductor. By the Proposed Topology-I circuit configuration, the number of transformers can be reduced and compared with the traditional three-phase MLI using single-phase transformers. Therefore it is more economical and efficient inverter can be designed. Basically, the switching frequency of each H-bridge inverter is uniform with output fundamental frequency. To verify the performance of the proposed cascaded multilevel inverter, simulations were carried out.


The N-level cascaded H-bridge, multilevel inverter comprises ½(N-1) series connected single phase H-bridges per phase, for which each H-bridge has its own isolated dc source. Three output voltages are possible, ±Vs, and zero, giving a total number of states of 3½( N−1) , where N is odd. Figure 1 shows one phase of a 5-level cascaded H-bridge inverter. Its main limitation lies in its need for isolated power sources for each level and for each phase, although for VA compensation, capacitors replace the dc supplies, and the necessary capacitor energy is only to replace losses due to inverter losses. Its modular structure of identical H-bridges is a positive feature.

a) The number of levels in the line-to-line voltage waveform will be k = 2N −1.

b) while the number of levels in the line to load neutral of a star (wye) load will be p = 2k −1.

c) The number of capacitors or isolated supplies required per phase is Ncap = ½(N −1).

d) The number of possible switch states is

nstates = N phases.

e) The number of switches in each leg is Sn = 2(N −1).

Due to the advantages, the cascaded inverter bridge has been widely applied to such applications as HVDC, SVC, stabilizer, high power motor drive and so on. This topology of inverter is suitable for high voltage and high power inversion because to its ability to synthesize waveforms with better harmonic spectrum and low switching frequency.

Fig.1 Single Phase Cascaded H-Bridge 5 level MLI

Advantages: 1. The number of possible output voltage levels is more than twice the number of dc sources (m = 2s + 1).

2. The series of H-bridges makes for modularized layout and packaging. This will enable the manufacturing process to be done more quickly and cheaply.

Disadvantages: Separate dc sources are required for each of the H-bridges. This will limit its application to products that already have multiple SDCSs readily available

Principle of operation: Let us consider names of the switches of each bridge as S11, S12, S13, and S14 for first bridge, S21, S22, S23, S24 for second bridge switches. Consider the three voltage sources are equal as V1=V2=V.

*NC=No Connection(OFF), C=Connection(ON)

Fig. 2 Switching Pattern for Existing Topology

Fig .3 Output Voltage Waveform of Existing Topology


This technique consists of an isolated cascaded multilevel inverter employing low-frequency three-phase transformers and a single dc input power source. This circuit configuration reduces a number of transformers compared with traditional three-phase multilevel inverters using single-phase transformers. It controls switching phase angles to obtain an optimal switching pattern identified with the fundamental frequency of the output voltage. Owing to this control strategy, harmonic components of the output voltage and switching losses can be diminished considerably.

H-bridge modules are connected to the same dc input source in parallel, and each secondary of the transformer is connected in series. In this configuration, the output voltage becomes the sum of the terminal voltages of each H-bridge module. The amplitude of the output voltage is determined by the input voltage and turn ratio of the transformer. Usually, a traditional cascaded H-bridge converter employs a multi pulse isolation transformer to obtain the input dc source. When the

traditional cascaded H-bridge converter needs to isolate from the ac output, it requires a three-phase transformer between the inverter and the ac outputs. On the other hand, the proposed inverter has an advantage of galvanic isolation between the source and the output voltages, which comes from being combined with transformers. However, when the circuit, shown in Fig. 4, needs to modify its configuration for use in three-phase applications, there is a drawback, which is the requirement of more transformers, considering that the same number of transformers needs to be used in each phase.

Fig.4 Cicuit Diagram of Proposed Topology-I


Hybrid multilevel inverter includes a standard 3-leg inverter (one leg for reach phase) and H-bridge in series with each inverter leg. The inverter can be used in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles .Also, it is possible to increase the power density because the inverter removes the bulky inductor of the present DC-DC boost converter. Figure Below shows the proposed technique.

Principal of Operation:

A simplified single-phase topology is shown in Fig. 5 The bottom is one leg of a standard 3-leg inverter with a dc power source. The top is an H-bridge in series with each standard inverter leg. The H-bridge can use a separate dc power source or a capacitor as the dc power source The output voltage V1 of this leg (with respect to the ground) is either +Vdc/2 (S5 closed) or −Vdc/2 (S6 closed). This leg is connected in series with a full H-bridge which in turn is supplied by a capacitor voltage. If the capacitor is kept charged to Vdc/2, then the output voltage of the H-bridge can take on the values +Vdc/2 (S1, S4 closed), 0 (S1, S2 closed or S3, S4 closed), or −Vdc/2 (S2, S3 closed). When the output voltage V = V1 + V2 is required to be zero, one can either set V1 = +Vdc/2 and V2 = −Vdc/2 or V1= −Vdc/2 and V2 = +Vdc/2. It is this flexibility in choosing how to make that output voltage zero that is exploited to regulate the capacitor voltage. Here only a dc power source is used in the inverter, that is, the H-bridge uses a capacitor as the dc power source.

Fig. 5 Single Phase Proposed Topology-I

If S1, S4 are closed (so that V2 = +Vdc/2) along with S6 closed (so that V1 = −Vdc/2), then the capacitor is discharging and V = V1 + V2 = 0.On the other hand, if S2, S3 are closed (so that V2 = −Vdc/2) and S5 is also closed (so that V1 = +Vdc/2), then the capacitor is charging and V = V1+V2 = 0. The method consists of monitoring the capacitor voltage so that during periods of zero voltage output, either the switches S1, S4, and S6 are closed or the switches S2, S3, S5 are closed depending on whether it is necessary to charge or discharge the capacitor.

Fig.6 Switching Pattern for Proposed Topology -I


Fig 7. Simulation of Cascaded H-Bridge MLI(Existing Topology)

Fig 8. Output Phase Voltages of Existing Topology

Fig. 9 FFT Analysis of Existing Topology for Phase Voltages

Fig 10. Output Line Voltages of Existing Topology

Fig 11. FFT Analysis of Existing Topology for Line Voltages

Fig 12. Simulation of Proposed Topology-I

Fig13. Output Phase Voltages of Proposed Topology-I

Fig14. FFT Analysis of Proposed Topology-1 for Phase Voltages

Fig 15. Output Line Voltages of Proposed Topology-I

Fig16. FFT Analysis of Proposed Topology-I for Line Voltages

Fig 17. Simulation of Proposed Topology-II

Fig 18. Output Phase Voltages of Proposed Topology-II

Fig 19 FFT Analysis of Proposed Topology-II for Phase Voltages

Fig20. Output Line Voltages of Proposed Topology-II

Fig 21 FFT Analysis of Proposed Topology-II for Line Voltages

MLI Type

Phase - Neutral

Phase - Phase

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Supply Voltage (Vdc):- 100 V

Load Impedance (ZL):- 24+j11.62 Ω


In this paper three different topologies of cascaded Multilevel Inverter has been simulated .Out of the above three topologies Existing Topology of cascaded H-Bridge Multilevel Inverter is best based on the FFT analysis observed from the Simulation of all the Above Topologies.H-bridge MLI With single DC source is Best if we consider Cost, switching Losses.