A New PWM Technique for Three-Phase Three-Level Neutral Point Clamped Rectifier


Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s13369-023-08312-8
  • Journal Name: Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Aerospace Database, Communication Abstracts, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, zbMATH, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Carrier-based PWM, High-power applications, Multilevel converter, Power factor correction (PFC) converter, Power quality
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, the aim is to evaluate three-phase (3φ) three-level (3L) neutral point clamped AC/DC rectifier for high-power applications. The rectifier analysis has been simulated using a new modified carrier-based level-shifted PWM technique. The 3L-NPC rectifier, which uses the new level-shifted PWM technique, is compared with the classical triangular carrier-based PWM signal. This new PWM technique provides low output voltage ripple, low total harmonic distortion (THD) for input current, unit input power factor, a well-regulated DC bus voltage and capacitor voltage balance for the NPC rectifier which is considered for implementation in high-power applications. This proposed modified carrier-based PWM is highly successful for 3L-NPC rectifier which is rated from 75 to 350 kW power applications. The system simulation results demonstrate the validity and flexibility of the proposed new carrier-based level-shifted PWM method for NPC rectifier in high-power applications.