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Shunt Active DC Filter to Reduce the DC Link Ripple Current Caused by Power Converters to Improve the Lifetime of Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitor

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Electrolytic capacitors are very popular for use in the dc-link in power electronics applications and especially in renewable energy systems. However, their life expectancy and reliability can be severely affected by the ripple in the capacitor current that can cause increased thermal stresses. Further, the switching of the power electronics switches and the presence of harmonic components can increase the ripple in the capacitor current worsening the life expectancy. This paper proposes the use of a shunt active filter to maintain an almost constant dc-current in the capacitor and hence to mitigate the events that can cause the capacitor life expectancy to reduce. This filter reduces the ripple current irrespective of the frequency spectrum. The design principle and the resulting operating condition have also been derived. The results from simulation studies using Matlab/Simulink and the experimental results from a laboratory prototype have demonstrated the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Musarrat, N., Islam, R., Muttaqi, K. M., & Sutanto, D. (2020). Shunt Active DC Filter to Reduce the DC Link Ripple Current Caused by Power Converters to Improve the Lifetime of Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitor. In 2020 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, IAS 2020. doi:10.1109/IAS44978.2020.9334871

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85101009246

Abstract


  • Electrolytic capacitors are very popular for use in the dc-link in power electronics applications and especially in renewable energy systems. However, their life expectancy and reliability can be severely affected by the ripple in the capacitor current that can cause increased thermal stresses. Further, the switching of the power electronics switches and the presence of harmonic components can increase the ripple in the capacitor current worsening the life expectancy. This paper proposes the use of a shunt active filter to maintain an almost constant dc-current in the capacitor and hence to mitigate the events that can cause the capacitor life expectancy to reduce. This filter reduces the ripple current irrespective of the frequency spectrum. The design principle and the resulting operating condition have also been derived. The results from simulation studies using Matlab/Simulink and the experimental results from a laboratory prototype have demonstrated the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

Publication Date


  • 2020

Citation


  • Musarrat, N., Islam, R., Muttaqi, K. M., & Sutanto, D. (2020). Shunt Active DC Filter to Reduce the DC Link Ripple Current Caused by Power Converters to Improve the Lifetime of Aluminium Electrolytic Capacitor. In 2020 IEEE Industry Applications Society Annual Meeting, IAS 2020. doi:10.1109/IAS44978.2020.9334871

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85101009246