Equivalent phase current harmonic elimination in quadruple three-phase drives based on carrier phase shift method

Xuchen Wang, Hao Yan, Giampaolo Buticchi*, Chunyang Gu, He Zhang

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Multiphase drives are entering the spotlight of the research community for transportation applications with their high power density and the possibility of high fault tolerance. The multi three-phase drive is one of the main types of multiphase drives that allows for the direct adoption of commercial three-phase converters and high control flexibility. The elimination of high-frequency current harmonics will reduce the flux linkage harmonics, torque ripple, vibration and noise in machine drives. Therefore, this work introduces a new method to the modelling of equivalent phase current in multi three-phase drives with the double integral Fourier analysis method. A new carrier-based pulse-width modulation (CPWM) method is introduced to reduce the equivalent phase current harmonics by applying proper carrier phase angle to each subsystem in the multi three-phase drives. The proposed angles of carrier signals are analyzed for quadruple three-phase drives, and the corresponding experimental results confirm the significance of the proposed phase-shifted CPWM method to eliminate the equivalent phase current harmonics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2709
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Current harmonics
  • Multiphase drives
  • Pulse width modulation

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