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# Power Electronics

Chapter 3
AC to DC Converters
(Rectifiers)

Power Electronics

Outline
3.1 Single-phase controlled rectifier
3.2 Three-phase controlled rectifier
3.3 Effect of transformer leakage inductance on
rectifier circuits
3.4 Capacitor-filtered uncontrolled rectifier
3.5 Harmonics and power factor of rectifier circuits
3.6 High power controlled rectifier
3.7 Inverter mode operation of rectifier circuit
3.8 Realization of phase-control in rectifier circuits

Power Electronics

## 3.1 Single-phase controlled

(controllable) rectifier
3.1.1 Single-phase half-wave controlled rectifier
3.1.2 Single-phase bridge fully-controlled rectifier
3.1.3 Single-phase full-wave controlled rectifier
3.1.4 Single-phase bridge half-controlled rectifier

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## 3.1.1 Single-phase half-wave

controlled rectifier
u2

b)

0
ug

V T

T
u1

uVT

u2

c)

id
ud

t1

0
ud

d)

uVT

a)
1
Ud
2

2U 2 sin td (t )

e)

2U 2
1 cos
(1 cos ) 0.45U 2
2
2

(3-1)

Half-wave, single-pulse
Triggering delay angle, delay angle, firing angle

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## 3.1.1 Single-phase half-wave

controlled rectifier
u2

VT

T
a)

u1

id

b)

t1

ug

uVT
u2

c)

ud

0
ud
+

d)

id
e)
0

uVT
f)

Power Electronics

## Basic thought process of time-domain

analysis for power electronic circuits
The time-domain behavior of a power electronic
circuit is actually the combination of consecutive
transients of the different linear circuits when the
power semiconductor devices are in different states.
VT

VT
L
u2

L
u2
R

R
b)

a)

did
L
Rid
dt

2U 2 sin t

(3-2)

t = id= 0
R

(t )
2U 2
2U 2
id
sin( )e L

sin(t )
Z
Z

(3-3)
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## Single-phase half-wave controlled

rectifier with freewheeling diode
u

VT

a) u 1

u2

i VDR

I VDR

c)

(3-5)
(3-6)

I d (3-7)
2

I d2 d (t )
Id
2

(3-8)

t
Id

d)
O
iV T

I d2 d (t )

t1

O
id

ud

I dVT
Id
2

I dVDR
Id
2
1
2

O
ud
L

VDR

I VT

b)

id

u VT

e)
iV

O
D

t
Id
-

f)
u

O
V T

g)

## Maximum forward voltage, maximum reverse voltage

Only single pulse in one line cycle
DC component in the transformer current

ud
id

T
u1

VT 3

i2

VT 1

b)

id

uVT

ud

u2

c)

VT4

b
VT2

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## 3.1.2 Single-phase bridge

fully-controlled rectifier
u d(id)

1 ,4

0
i2

d)

a)

## For thyristor: maximum forward voltage, maximum reverse

voltage
2 pulses in one line cycle
No DC component in the transformer current
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## 3.1.2 Single-phase bridge fullycontrolled rectifier

Average output (rectified) voltage

1
2 2U 2 1 cos
1 cos
U d 2U 2 sin td(t )
0.9U 2

2
2

(3-9)

U
2 2U 2 1 cos

U 1 cos
Average
current
I d d output
0.9 2

1
U 2 1 cos
I

0
.
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dVT thyristor
d
For
2
R
2
1
2

I VT

2U 2
U
sin t ) 2 d (t ) 2
R
2R

1

sin 2
2

For
transformer
U
1 2U 2
II
(
sin t ) 2 d (t ) 2
2

1

sin 2
2

(3-10)

(3-11)
(3-12)
(3-13)9

T
u

id

O
Id

id

a
u

L
d

iV

1 ,4

iV

2 ,3

O
V T

Id
Id

O
i2

R
VT4

VT3

i2

VT1

(L is large enough)

VT2

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## 3.1.2 Single-phase bridge

fully-controlled rectifier

Id

Ud

Id

t
b )

1
2 2
2
U
sin

t
d
(

t
)

## U 2 cos 0.9U 2 cos

2

Commutation
Thyristor voltages and currents
Transformer current

1 ,4

a)

(3-15)

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With resistor

id

ud
E
R

ud
E

id

Id

O
a)

b)

Discontinuous current id
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With resistor and inductor
When L is large enough, the output voltage and
current waveforms are the same as ordinary
When L is at a critical value
ud

id
O

2 2U 2
3 U 2
L
2.87 10
I dmin
I dmin

(317)

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## 3.1.3 Single-phase full-wave

controlled rectifier

i1
u1

VT
u2
u 2 VT

ud

ud

O
i1

a)

b)

## Transformer with center tap

Comparison with single-phase bridge fully-controlled rectifier
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u2

VT 2

ud

VD4

O
ud

id
VDR

i2

VT 1

b)

VD3

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## 3.1.4 Single-phase bridge

half-controlled rectifier

O
id

i V TO
iV D1

Id

i V TO

iV D

Id

i V DO

O
i2
O

Half-control
Comparison with fully-controlled rectifier

Id

Id

Id

t
t

Id

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VD3

VT1

lo a d

VD4

u2
VT2

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## Another single-phase bridge

half-controlled rectifier

## Comparison with previous circuit:

No need for additional freewheeling diode
Isolation is necessary between the drive circuits of the two
thyristors

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## Summary of some important

points in analysis
When analyzing a thyristor circuit, start from a diode
circuit with the same topology. The behavior of the
diode circuit is exactly the same as the thyristor circuit
when firing angle is 0.
A power electronic circuit can be considered as
different linear circuits when the power semiconductor
devices are in different states. The time-domain
behavior of the power electronic circuit is actually the
combination of consecutive transients of the different
linear circuits.
Take different principle when dealing with different load
For resistive load: current waveform of a resistor is the same
as the voltage waveform
For inductive load with a large inductor: the inductor current
can be considered constant

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## 3.2 Three-phase controlled

(controllable) rectifier
3.2.1 Three-phase half-wave controlled rectifier
(the basic circuit among three-phase rectifiers)
3.2.2 Three-phase bridge fully-controlled rectifier
(the most widely used circuit among three-phase
rectifiers)

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## 3.2.1 Three-phase half-wave

controlled rectifier
u2
O t1

ud
R

ua

ub

t2

uc

t3

VT

uG

VT

VT

O
ud

O
iVT

O
uVT

id

Common-cathode connection
Natural commutation point

uab

uac

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u2

ua

ub

uc

VT

ud
R

VT

VT

uG

O
ud
O
iVT

t1

id

O
uVT u

1 ac

uab

uac

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u2

ud
R

VT

VT

VT

ua

ub

uc

uG
O
ud

id

iVT

t
20

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When 30, load current id is continuous.
5

1
Ud
2
3

2U 2 sin td (t )

3 6
U 2 cos 1.17U 2 cos
2

(3-18)

1
Ud
2
3

2U 2 sin td (t )

3 2

## U 2 1 cos( ) 0.675 1 cos( )

2
6
6

(3-19)

U
(3-20)
Id d
R
Thyristor voltages

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u

u2

a
b
V T2
c

V T

ud
3

id
R
u

O
ib

O
ic

O
id

V T

ac

## Load current id is always continuous.

5

1
Ud
2
3

ia

eL

VT

ac

ab

(3-18)
3 6
2U 2 sin td (t )
U 2 cos 1.17U 2 cos
2

## Thyristor voltage and currents, transformer current

I 2 I VT

I d 0.577 I d (3-23)
3

U FM U RM 2.45U 2

(3-25)

I VT(AV)

I VT
0.368 I d (3-24)
1.57
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## 3.2.2 Three-phase bridge

fully-controlled rectifier
Circuit diagram

ia

VT1

id

n
VT 4

d1

VT

VT3

VT 5

c
VT

ud

d2
Common-cathode group and common-anode group
of thyristors
Numbering of the 6 thyristors indicates the trigger
sequence.
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u

2
d1

t1

O
u

= 0 u

d2

u ab

2L
ud

u ac

u bc

u ba

u ca

u cb

ab

ac

i VT
u

O
VT

u
1

ab

ac

bc

ba

ca

cb

ab

t
ac

ab

ac

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u

= 30

d1

d2

t1

O
u

u ab

u ac

u bc

u ba

u ca

u cb

ab

ac

VT

ab

ac

bc

ba

ca

cb

ab

ac

ia

ab

ac

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u d1

= 60

ua

ub

uc

t1

O
u d2
ud

u ab

u ac

u bc

u ba

u ca

u cb

u ab

u VT

u ac

u ac

u ac

u ab

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ud1

ua

ub

uc

ua

ub

O
ud2
ud

uab uac

## ubc uba uca ucb uab uac ubc uba

id

O
iVT

O
ia

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u 2 = 0 u a
u d1

ub

uc

O t1
u d2
u 2L
ud

t

u ab u ac

u bc u ba

u ca u cb

u ab

u ac

id
i VT

O
1

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u d1

O
u d2
ud

= 30 u
a

ub

uc

t1

t

u ab u ac

u bc u ba

u ca u cb

u ab u ac

id
O
ia

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= 90

u d1

ub

uc

ua

t1

O
u d2
ud

u ab

u ac

u bc

u ba

u ca

u cb

u ab

u ac

u VT

u ac

u ac

O
u ab

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Quantitative analysis
Average output voltage
2
Ud

(3-26)

## For resistive load, When a > 60, load current id is discontinuous.

3

U d
6U 2 sin td (t ) 2.34U 2 1 cos( )
(3-27)
3
3

## Average output current (load current)

Id

Ud
R

(3-20)

Transformer current
1 2 2
2
2
I2
I d ( I d )
2
3
3
Thyristor voltage and current

2
I d 0.816 I d
3

(3-28)

## EMF load, L is large enough

All the same as inductive load except the calculation of average output
current

Id

Ud E
R

(3-29)
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## 3.3 Effect of transformer leakage

inductance on rectifier circuits
T

a
ik

ia

ib

ic

c
u

V T

V T

id

V T

ic

ia

ib

ic

ia

Id

## In practical, the transformer leakage inductance has to be

taken into account.
Commutation between thyristors thus can not happen
instantly, but with a commutation process.

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## Commutation process analysis

Circulating current ik during commutation
ub-ua = 2LBdia/dt
ik:

Id

ia = Id-ik :

Id

Id

i b = ik

Commutation angle
Output voltage during commutation

dik
dik ua ub
ud ua LB
ub LB

dt
dt
2

(3-30)

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Quantitative calculation
Reduction of average output voltage due to the
commutation process
di k
1 56
3 56
U d
(ub ud )d(t ) 5 [u b (u b LB )]d(t )
5

2 / 3 6
2 6
dt
3

5
6

5
6

di
3
LB k d(t )
dt
2

Id

LBdik

## Calculation of commutation angle

cos cos( )

Id

2X BId

3
X BId
2

(3-31)

(3-36)

6U 2

XB ,

For 90o , ,
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## Summary of the effect on rectifier circuits

Circuits

U d

Singlephase full
wave

XB

cos cos( )

Id

Id X B
2U 2

Singlephase
bridge

2X B

Threephase
half-wave

Id

3X B
Id
2

Threephase
bridge

3X B
Id

2I d X B

2X BId

2X B Id

2U 2

6U 2

6U 2

m-pulse recfifier

mX B
Id
2
Id X B
2U 2 sin

Conclusions
Commutation process actually provides additional working states
of the circuit.
di/dt of the thyristor current is reduced.
The average output voltage is reduced.
Positive du/dt
Notching in the AC side voltage

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## 3.4 Capacitor-filtered uncontrolled

(uncontrollable) rectifier
Emphasis of previous sections

## Uncontrolled rectifier: diodes instead of thyristors

Wide applications of capacitor-filtered uncontrolled
rectifier

## AC-DC-AC frequency converter

Uninterruptible power supply
Switching power supply

## 3.4.1 Capacitor-filtered single-phase uncontrolled

rectifier
3.4.2 Capacitor-filtered three-phase uncontrolled
rectifier
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## 3.4.1 Capacitor-filtered single-phase

uncontrolled rectifier
id
V D
i2
u1

V D

u2
V D

V D

a)

i,u d
3

iC

iR

ud +

ud
i

b)

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## 3.4.1 Capacitor-filtered single-phase

uncontrolled rectifier
id
VD
i2
u

u
VD

L
+ uL VD 3
iC
+
ud
VD

a)

i2,u 2,u
iR
C

i2
R

b)

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## 3.4.2 Capacitor-filtered three-phase

uncontrolled rectifier
ud

VD
T

ia

VD

VD

iC

ud +

b
c

VD

ia

id

VD

a)

VD

u ab u u ac
d

iR
C

R
id

O
b)

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## 3.4.2 Capacitor-filtered three-phase

uncontrolled rectifier
Waveform when RC1.732
ia

ia

t O

id

id

t O

a RC=
3
b RC<

3
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## 3.4.2 Capacitor-filtered three-phase

uncontrolled rectifier

VD
T

VD

ia

VD

id

ia

a
b
c

O
iC
u d+

iR
C

ia

b)

O
VD

VD

a)

VD

c)

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## 3.5 Harmonics and power factor of

rectifier circuits
Originating of harmonics and power factor issues in
rectifier circuits
Harmonics: working in switching statesnonlinear
Power factor: firing delay angle causes phase delay

## Harmful effects of harmonics and low power factor

Standards to limit harmonics and power factor
3.5.1 Basic concepts of harmonics and reactive power
3.5.2 AC side harmonics and power factor of
3.5.3 AC side harmonics and power factor of
capacitor-filtered uncontrolled rectifiers
3.5.4 Harmonic analysis of output voltage and current

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## 3.5.1 Basic concepts of harmonics

and reactive power
For pure sinusoidal waveform

u (t ) 2U sin(t u )

(3-54)

or

## u (t ) ao (an cos nt bn sin nt )

(3-55)

n 1

u (t ) ao cn sin( nt n )

where

(3-56)

n 1

cn an 2 bn 2

an cn sin

n arctan(an / bn)

bn cn cos

Fundamental component
Harmonic components (harmonics)
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Harmonics-related specifications
Take current harmonics as examples
Content of nth harmonics

In
HRI n 100%
I1

(3-57)

## In is the effective (RMS) value of nth harmonics.

I1 is the effective (RMS) value of fundamental component.

## Total harmonic distortion

Ih
THDi 100% (3-58)
I1
Ih is the total effective (RMS) value of all the harmonic components.
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## Definition of power and power factor

For sinusoidal circuits
Active power

1
P
2

Reactive power

uid (t ) UI cos

Q=U I sin

(3-59)

(3-61)

Apparent power

Power factor

S=UI

(3-60)

S 2 P2 Q2

(3-63)

P
S

=cos

(3-62)
(3-64)
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## Definition of power and power factor

For non-sinusoidal circuits
Active power
P=U I1 cos1

(3-65)

Power factor
P UI cos 1 I 1
1
cos 1 cos 1
(3-66)
S
UI
I
Distortion factor (fundamental-component factor)

=I1 / I
Displacement factor (power factor of fundamental component)

1 = cos1
Definition of reactive power is still in dispute.

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## Review of the reactive power concept

The reactive power Q does not lead to net transmission of
energy between the source and load. When Q 0, the rms
current and apparent power are greater than the minimum
amount necessary to transmit the average power P.
Inductor: current lags voltage by 90, hence displacement
factor is zero. The alternate storing and releasing of energy in
an inductor leads to current flow and nonzero apparent power,
but P = 0. Just as resistors consume real (average) power P,
inductors can be viewed as consumers of reactive power Q.
Capacitor: current leads voltage by 90, hence displacement
factor is zero. Capacitors supply reactive power Q. They are
often placed in the utility power distribution system near
inductive loads. If Q supplied by capacitor is equal to Q
consumed by inductor, then the net current (flowing from the
source into the capacitor-inductive-load combination) is in
phase with the voltage, leading to unity power factor and
minimum rms current magnitude.
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## Single-phase bridge fully-controlled rectifier

u2

ud

a
u

Id

id

R
VT4

VT3

i2

VT1

id

VT2

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## 3.5.2 AC side harmonics and power factor of

iVT O

Id

1,4

iVT O

Id

2,3

O
i2

a)
uVT

Id

t
t
t

Id

1,4

O
b)

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## AC side current harmonics of single-phase bridge

4

1
1
i2 I d (sin t sin 3 t sin 5 t )

3
5
4
1
Id
sin n t 2 I n sin n t
n 1,3,5, n
n 1, 3, 5,

(3-72)

where

2 2Id
In
n

n=1,3,5,

(3-73)

Conclusions
Only odd order harmonics exist
In 1/n
In / I1 = 1/n
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## Power factor of single-phase bridge fullycontrolled rectifier with inductive load

Distortion factor

I1 2 2

0.9
I

(3-75)

Displacement factor

1 cos 1 cos

(3-76)

I1
2 2
1 cos 1
cos 0.9 cos
I

(3-77)

Power factor

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## Three-phase bridge fully-controlled rectifier

u d1

O
u d2
ud

= 30 u
a

ub

uc

t1

t

u ab u ac

u bc u ba

u ca u cb

u ab u ac

id
O
ia

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## AC side current harmonics of three-phase bridge

2 3
1
1
1
1
I d [sin t sin 5 t sin 7 t sin 11 t sin 13t ]

5
7
11
13
2 3
2 3
1

I d sin t
I d (1) k sin nt 2 I1 sin t (1) k 2 I n sin n t

n
n 6 k 1
n 6 k 1

ia

k 1, 2 ,3

where

I1

6
Id

I 6 I , n 6k 1, k 1, 2,3,L
n n d

k 1, 2 , 3

(3-79)

(3-80)

Conclusions

## Only 6k1 order harmonics exist (k is positive integer)

In 1/n
In / I1 = 1/n
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## Power factor of three-phase bridge fullycontrolled rectifier with inductive load

Distortion factor

I1 3
0.955
I

(3-81)

Displacement factor

1 cos 1 cos

(3-82)

Power factor

I1
3
1 cos 1 cos 0.955 cos
I

(3-83)

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## 3.5.3 AC side harmonics and power factor of

capacitor-filtered uncontrolled rectifiers
Situation is a little complicated than rectifiers with
Some conclusions that are easy to remember:
Only odd order harmonics exist in single-phase circuit, and
only 6k1 (k is positive integer) order harmonics exist in
three-phase circuit.
Magnitude of harmonics decreases as harmonic order
increases.
Harmonics increases and power factor decreases as
capacitor increases.
Harmonics decreases and power factor increases as
inductor increases.

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and current
ud0 U d0

n mk

cos nt

ud

2 cos k

U d0 1 2
cos nt
n mk n 1

2U

(3-85)

where
U d0

2U 2 sin

(3-86)

2 cos k
bn
U d0 (3-87)
2
n 1

O
m

2
m

## Output voltage of m-pulse

rectifier when 0
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## Ripple factor in the output voltage

Output voltage ripple factor
UR
u
U d0

(3-88)

## where UR is the total RMS value of all the harmonic

components in the output voltage

UR

n mk

2
n

U 2 U d02

(3-89)

## and U is the total RMS value of the output voltage

Ripple factors for rectifiers with different number of pulses

12

u %

48.2

18.27

4.18

0.994

0
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## Harmonics in the output current

id I d

n mk

cos(nt n )

(3-92)

where

U d0 E
Id
R

bn
dn

zn

(3-93)

bn
R ( nL)
2

nL
n arctan
R

(3-94)

(3-95)

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Conclusions for = 0
Only mk (k is positive integer) order harmonics exist in
the output voltage and current of m-pulse rectifiers
Magnitude of harmonics decreases as harmonic order
increases when m is constant.
The order number of the lowest harmonics increases as
m increases. The corresponding magnitude of the
lowest harmonics decreases accordingly.

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## Quantitative harmonic analysis

of output voltage and current is
very complicated for 0.
As an example,
for 3-phase bridge
fully-controlled rectifier

ud U d

n 6 k

2 U2L

0.3
cn

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For 0

n =6

0.2
n =12

0.1

cos(nt n )

n =18
0

30

60

90

120

150

180

/( )

(3-96)
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## 3.6 High power controlled rectifier

3.6.1 Double-star controlled rectifier

## 3.6.2 Connection of multiple rectifiers

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Waveforms When 0

Circuit
u

u
d1

T
a

ia

c
u

iP

O
d2

'

c' u

VT2

VT6

VT4

VT1

VT3

a'

id

1 I
2 d

1 I
6 d
u

'
c

'
a

'
b

'
c

VT5

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i a'

1 I
2 d

R
O

## Difference from 6-phase half-wave rectifier

1 I
6 d

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VT

## Effect of interphase reactor

(inductor, transformer)
u

ud1,ud2 u '
b

1
u
2

iP
VT

n 2'
b

d2

ua

uc'

ub

ua'

uc

ub'

n LP
+ - +n
1
L
u d1

a)

O t1

up
b)

60

360

u p ud2 ud1
ud ud2

(3-97)

1
1
1
u p ud1 U p (ud1 ud2 ) (3-98)
2
2
2
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## Quantitative analysis when = 0

ud1

3 6U 2
1
2
1
[1 cos 3t cos 6t cos 9t ]
2
4
35
40

ud2

3 6U 2
1
2
1
[1 cos 3( t 60) cos 6( t 60) cos 9( t 60)
]
2
4
35
40

3 6U 2
1
2
1
[1 cos 3 t cos 6 t cos 9 t
]
2
4
35
40

3 6U 2 1
1
up
[ cos 3t cos 9t ]
2
2
20

ud

3 6U 2
2
[1 cos 6t ]
2
35

(3-99)

(3-100)

(3-101)
(3-102)

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Waveforms
when > 0

u d 30 u
a

O
ud

Ud 1.17U 2 cos

O
ud

60

u c'

ub

u a'

uc

u b'

t
u c'

90 u '
c

ub

u a'

uc

u b'

t
ub

u a'

uc

u b'

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## Comparison with 3-phase half-wave

rectifier and 3-phase bridge rectifier
Voltage output capability
Same as 3-phase half-wave rectifier
Half of 3-phase bridge rectifier

## Current output capability

Twice of 3-phase half-wave rectifier
Twice of 3-phase bridge rectifier

Applications
Low voltage and high current situations
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To increase the
output capacity
Connection
of multiple
rectifiers

## Larger output voltage:

series connection

## Larger output current:

parallel connection

## To improve the AC side current waveform

and DC side voltage waveform

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## Phase-shift connection of multiple rectifiers

Parallel connection

LP

VT

c1
b1
a1

c2
b2
a2

## 12-pulse rectifier realized by

paralleled 3-phase bridge rectifiers
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iA

## Phase-shift connection of multiple rectifiers

Series connection
ia1

a1
I

id

u a1b1
A

b1

c1

I
L

b)

II
30 lagging

B
c2

iab2
*

b2

0
3
3

1
I
3 d

Id

2
3

u a2b2

Id

0
(1+

R
II

iA

360

Id

2
I
3 d

c)

a2

180
i ab2

i ab2'

ud
*

0
i a2

Id

a)

i a1

2
3

) Id

d)
0

3
3

Id

(1+

## 12-pulse rectifier realized by

series 3-phase bridge rectifiers

3
3

)I d

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## Quantitative analysis of 12-pulse rectifier

Voltage
Average output voltage
Parallel connection:

U d 2.34U 2 cos

## Series connection: U d 4.68U 2 cos

Output voltage harmonics
Only 12m harmonics exist

## Input (AC side) current harmonics

Only 12k1 harmonics exist

## Connection of more 3-phase bridge rectifiers

Three: 18-pulse rectifier (20 phase difference)
Four: 24-pulse rectifier (15 phase difference)
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VT14 VT13
VT24 VT23

VT34 VT33

VT22 VT21

VT12 VT11

Id

VT32 VT31

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## Sequential control of multiple

series-connected rectifiers
u

+
b)

i
lo a d

Id
2 Id

c)

a)

## Circuit and waveforms of series-connected

three single-phase bridge rectifiers
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## 3.7 Inverter mode operation of rectifiers

Review of DC generator-motor system

EG EM
Id
R

EM EG
Id
R

should be avoided

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## Inverter mode operation of rectifiers

Rectifier and inverter mode operation of single-phase
full-wave converter
VT
VT1

1
0

u10

iVT

u20 VT2
2

iVT

ud

u10

u20

ud

iVT

0
VT2

Energy +
M EM
u10

id

ud

Energy

iVT

ud

u20

u10

R
M EM
+

u10

Ud>EM

t
id=iVT +iVT
1

iVT
O

id

id

iVT

iVT

a)

Ud EG
Id
R

Id

t
Ud<EM

O
id

id=iVT +iVT

iVT

iVT

iVT

b)

Id

Id

EM Ud
R

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## Necessary conditions for the inverter

mode operation of controlled rectifiers
There must be DC EMF in the load and the direction
of the DC EMF must be enabling current flow in
thyristors. (In other word EM must be negative if
taking the ordinary output voltage direction as
positive.)

## 90 so that the output voltage Ud is also

negative.

EM U d

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## Inverter mode operation of

3-phase bridge rectifier
u

ab

ac

bc

ba

=
3
u ca
u

cb

ab

ac

bc

ba

=
4
u ca
u

cb

ab

ac

bc

ba

=
6
u ca
u

cb

ab

ac

bc

t1 t2 t3
t

=
3

=
4

=
6

## Inversion angle (extinction angle)

+ =180
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## Inversion failure and minimum inversion angle

Possible reasons of
inversion failures
Malfunction of triggering
circuit
Failure in thyristors
Sudden dropout of AC
source voltage
Insufficient margin for
commutation of
thyristors

Minimum inversion
angle (extinction angle)
min= + + 3-109

i VT

i VT

i VT

L B VT
LB
VT
L B VT

1
2

id

ud

o
ua

ud

ub

uc

ua

ub

id
O

i VT

i VT

i VT

i VT

i VT

t

t

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## 3.8 Realization of phase-control in

rectifier circuits
Object
How to timely generate triggering pulses with
Constitution
Synchronous circuit
Saw-tooth ramp generating and phase shifting
Pulse generating
Integrated gate triggering control circuits are very
widely used in practice.
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## A typical gate triggering control circuit

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## Waveforms of the typical

gate triggering control circuit

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## How to get synchronous voltage for the gate

triggering control circuit of each thyristor
uA

uB

uC
UAB
Ua

U
Usa - sc

TS

TR

-Usb

Usb

Ub

D,y 5-11

D,y 11

Usc
ua

ub

## uc - usa - usc usb

usc
- usb u sa

Uc

-Usa

For the typical circuit on page 20, the synchronous voltage of the gate
triggering control circuit for each thyristor should be lagging 180 to the
corresponding phase voltage of that thyristor.
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