doi: **10.7392/Engineering.70081934**

**Rajendra Aparnathi **[1], **Ved Vyas Dwivedi **[2]

[1] Faculty of Technology and Engineering, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Gujarat, India

[2] Noble Group of Institutions, Junagadh, Gujarat, India

The use of an LCL-filter mitigates the switching ripple injected in the grid by a three-phase active rectifier or three-phase voltage source inverter. However stability problems arise in the current control loop. In order to overcome them a damping resistor can be inserted, at the cost of efficiency. On the contrary, the use of the active damping seems really attractive but it is often limited by the use of more sensors with respect to the standard control and by the complex tuning procedure. This research paper introduces a novel active damping method that does not need the use of more sensors and that can be tuned using Genetic Algorithms (GA) for optimized performance. It consists of adding a filter on the reference voltage for the converter/inverter modulator. The tuning process of this filter is easily done, for a wide range of sampling frequencies using GAs.

**Keywords:** LCL filter, direct power control (DPC), voltage source inverter (VSI), voltage oriented control (VOC), pulse with modulation (PWM).

**Citation: **Aparnathi, R., & Dwivedi, V. V. (2013). LCL Filter for 3-Ø Stable Inverter Using Active Damping Method. *Open Science Repository Engineering*, Online(open-access), e70081934. doi:10.7392/Engineering.70081934

**Received:** January 24, 2013

**Published:** February 28, 2013

**Copyright:** © 2013 Aparnathi, R., & Dwivedi, V. V. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

**Contact:** research@open-science-repository.com

In this scenario, active rectifiers, employing the VSIs are valid competitors both for traditional solutions, such as thyristor, and for newer ones, as chopper, due to the reduced number of power devices and the enhanced capability of grid current and power factor control. Particularly VSIs, employing PWM techniques, are the widest used power converters for applications such as industrial motor drives, robotics, air conditioning and ventilation, uninterruptible power supplies and electric vehicles [2],[3]. Thus they are considered as prime candidates for interfacing high-power electronic equipment to power supply lines.

Over the last few years an interesting emerging control technique, the direct power control (DPC), has been developed analogously with the well-known direct torque control used for adjustable speed drives. In DPCs, there are no internal current loops [3]. PWM modulator blocks, because of the converter/inverter switching states, are appropriately selected by a switching table based on the instantaneous errors between the commanded and estimated values of active and reactive power. The principal drawbacks are the need for a high sampling frequency required to obtain satisfactory performance and the variable switching frequency. However, this can be solved by the combination of a modulator and the DPC-technique [4],[5],[6].

Adjustable speed drives in hoisting applications (cranes and elevators), in high inertia applications (centrifuges) and in the end stage of wind turbines have highly demanding safety issues but cannot adopt high inductance values. Thus the use of an LCL-filter on the ac side is an interesting solution: reduced values of the inductance can be used and the grid current is almost ripple free. In this way, a low THD of the current is obtained. The design of the LCL-filter has already been investigated. Attention has also been paid to the possible instability of the system caused by the zero impedance that the LCL-filter offers at its resonance frequency [7 – 10]. Some passive damping solutions of the filter have already been studied, tested and industrially used in the switching converter field.

The use of a damping resistor increases the encumbrances, the losses could result in need for more cooling (e.g., forced) and efficiency decrease becomes a key point. Thus, it seems very attractive to use an active damping method by means of control in order to avoid system instability without increasing the losses. This solution has already been partially studied. A proposal is made to add a derivative action based on the line side current in the current control loop; thus new sensors are needed. The LCL-filter capacitor voltage is controlled with a lead-lag network; the tuning of the network is described. Moreover an interesting approach to perform active damping is proposed: a virtual resistor is added. The virtual resistor is an additional control algorithm that makes the filter behaves as if it had a real resistor connected to it. This approach is attractive because it can be related to a “real” physical component. In this case, an additional current sensor is needed if the virtual resistor is connected in series to the filter inductor or capacitor and an additional voltage sensor is needed if it is connected in parallel [11], [12].

All the previous active damping methods require additional sensors and they do not mention the influence of the damping on the dynamics and on the susceptibility of the system. In this paper a new damping method is introduced. It does not need the use of additional sensors and the tuning can be done with the help of genetic algorithms. Soft computing, such as genetic algorithm, has been successfully applied both to drive control and to the design of a single-phase rectifier system. Genetic algorithms are used to optimize the poles. Placement of an observer using a cost function that takes into account the system dynamics. A single-ended boost PFC converter is optimized to fulfill the PFC and EMI standards. In short, the genetic algorithms have been considered particularly suitable to optimize nonlinear trade-off problems involving multiple parameters. The proposed active damping is based on the use of a filter on the reference voltage for the modulator. The tuning process of this filter is easily done, for a wide range of sampling frequencies, with the use of genetic algorithms. This method is used only for the optimum choice of the parameters of the filter and an on-line implementation is not needed [11].

The analysis is validated with three design cases characterized by different requirements in terms of stability and dynamic performance. Section II of this paper describes the modeling of an LCL filter based active rectifier, while the controller modeling is explained in section III. The current control loop analysis has been presented in section IV, and section V discusses about the active damping methods. The stability analysis is highlighted in the section VI of this paper which leads to discussions on the results followed by a good potential references.

The differential equations for the LCL-filter in the stationary reference frame are expressed in (1)-(3).

(1)

(2)

(3)

For rotating frame, the (1)-(3) can be rearranged as in (4)-(9) in the

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7)

(8)

(9)

Where i

Also in this case, the (4)-(9) show how both the currents and the capacitor voltages are dependent on the cross-coupling terms ωi

The entire ac current control (CC) is more suitable because the current controlled converter exhibits, in general, better safety, better stability and faster response. This solution ensures several additional advantages. The feedback loop also results in some limitations, such as that fast-response voltage modulation techniques must be employed, like PWM. Optimal techniques, which use pre calculated switching patterns within the ac period, cannot be used, as they are not oriented to ensure current waveform control [1],[7],[9], [13].The CC has been applied to active rectifier in order to ensure dc-link voltage regulation. The current controlled rectifier has been applied to front-end operation in ac drives with dc-link voltage regulation. The use of an LCL-filter claims for a deep dynamic and stability analysis of the current control loop [11], [14].

The most used control technique is the two axis-based Voltage Oriented Control (VOC) as shown in fig 2. Rectifier is based on the use of a rotating

The space-vector of the fundamental has constant components in the

Therefore, the internal and the external loops can be considered decoupled, and there by the actual grid current components can be considered equal to their references when designing the outer dc-link controller [15].However some instability in the dc-loop can arise when the rectifier is working in the re-generative operation. This kind of approach can be easily used to design more advanced control methods such as Lyapunov-based and sliding mode controllers have been adopted aiming to system stability and the absence of steady state errors respectively.

No amongst the different emerging control techniques the Direct Power Control (DPC) is gaining interest for its simple implementation while Fuzzy Logic and Genetic Algorithm for their capability to optimize the system performance, if current sensors are not adopted, or if active damping has to be implemented [8], [14].

Thus the controller structure is cascaded, because the dc voltage controller calculates the reference value for the d-axis current controller shown in Fig. 4. Typically, the inner current loops are at least ten times faster than the outer loop controlling the dc voltage [13].

It is demonstrated that in the low frequency range, the filter behaves like an inductor where . Thus the low frequency model used to set the controllers (frequencies approximately lower than one half of the resonance frequency), should be written neglecting the filter capacitor C

(10)

(11)

Where is the switching space-vector, is the space-vector of the rectifier input voltages, is the space-vector of the controlled currents, is the space-vector of the input line voltages. , .

The space-vector of the fundamental harmonic has constant components in the

(12)

Where the time constant is .

The design is made using the zero/pole-placement in the z-plane and with the “technical optimum” as a criterion all the processing and modulation delays have been taken into account. As such, the parameters are expressed in (13)

(13)

Where T

(14)

If the grid side current is sensed, the plant for control is

(15)

Where and . The un-damped closed loop transfer function (Z) can be expressed as in (16).

(16)

G(z) being the zero order hold (ZOH) equivalent of G(s) and D(z) the controller usually designed on the basis of the “technical optimum.” In the following paragraphs, the stability and dynamic of the overall system are analyzed through the zeros and poles of the closed loop system in the z-plane and with the Bode plot [12].

The GA attempts to simulate Darwin’s theory on natural selection and Mendel’s work in genetics on inheritance: the stronger individuals are likely to survive in a competing environment. The GA uses a direct analogy of such a natural evolution. By evaluating many solutions of an assigned problem and combining them, the best one can be found. This method, also called derivative free optimization, does not need functional derivative information to search for a set of parameters that minimizes (or maximizes) a given objective function. Derivative freedom also relieves the requirement for differentiable functions, so an objective function can be used which, despite its complexity, avoids sacrificing too much computation time in extra coding. The GA considers the optimal solution of a problem as an individual [11], [21].

The characteristics of the individual are due to the genes of his chromosomes in much the same way that the characteristics of a possible solution are due to its parameters. Thus, as the desired individual can be created through an evolutionary. Process starting from a random choice of individuals forming a population, the optimal solution can be found through a combination of a random set of solutions. In the following, the term “individual” indicates the possible solution, the term “gene” indicates one of the digits of the parameter of the solution and the “fitness value” indicates the degree of goodness of the individual [20-21]. The GA is both flexible and strong. Although it is a stochastic method, the fitness function and the encoding scheme give the search a solid and rational structure. Initialization of the GA is done by choosing the representation to be used and the size of the population. Subsequently, one needs to specify the crossover and mutation probabilities and a stop criterion [21]. The GA process is performed through the following iterative steps:

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•

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These genetic operations, if correctly implemented, can solve different kinds of problems.

A generic solution “i” of the problem is characterized by the following parameters: the coefficients and of active damping filter and proportionality constant of the PI current controller mathematically expressed in (17-18):

(17)

(18)

The GA only needs a small amount of information from the overall system to solve, for example, stability problems or dynamic specification. This flexibility facilitates both structure and parameter identification in complex models such as the LCL-filter active rectifier. The active damping optimization algorithm is organized with a GA sub-routine for each coefficient , and for . The aim of each routine is to find the best individual the current controlled system can be made the best and the best proportional constant of the PI, current controller in order to have the desired damping of the high frequency poles and the desired bandwidth of the current loop [23].

The first step is to decide on the desired position of the two pairs of complex-conjugate poles and how important it is for the algorithm to find a solution that minimizes the distance in respect to the first pair and the distance in respect to the second pair. This is mathematically expressed through the so called fitness value f(i) of each individual ‘I’ in (19).

(19)

Where, and are the weights used to give more or less importance. to the desired damping of the high frequency poles or of the bandwidth of the current controller. If , the main aim is to obtain the desired damping of the high frequency poles, while if the main aim is to have the desired dynamic performance. The flow chart of the optimization algorithm is shown in Fig.7. Initially, the dimension of the population should be chosen (i.e., the starting number of possible solutions): too many individuals are not a good choice as the method becomes a random search and the convergence may not be reached. The number of individuals chosen to be 20 and will be constant during the evolution. This means that the new individuals will replace the old ones. Subsequently, the system-closed loop transfer function in the Z-domain is used to determine the position of the conjugate complex poles in the Z-plane in order to evaluate the fitness value. The f(i) of each individual i. “Elitism” is used to prevent the best individuals from being eliminated. This operation is used to avoid having all the genes modified by crossover and mutation in a way that no good solution will ever exist. Moreover, it increases the convergence speed of the algorithm [22].

Fig. 7: Algorithm used to search for optimum parameters of active damping on the basis of the genetic algorithm

Genetic operations of selection, crossover and mutation are used to produce the next generation of solutions suitable for the problem. The selection operation determines which individuals participate in producing the next generation. These members enter the mating pool with a selection probability proportional to their fitness values. After this step, a “two-point crossover” scheme is used. Crossover cannot reach the best solution if the population does not contain all the encoded information needed to solve the problem. Mutation allows other possible solutions to be generated and uniform mutation is adopted so that each bit has the same probability of mutation. This operation provides random excursions into new parts of the search space. There are many ways to terminate a GA, many of them similar to termination conditions used for conventional optimization algorithms [22], [23].

The individuals are generated randomly by the MATLAB algorithm “rand.” The elitism is then applied using the MATLAB algorithm “sort”: the vector composed by the fitness function a value of a generation is rearranged in such a way that the best fitness values are ranked last in the vector and they will not participate in crossover and mutation, i.e., they will continue to survive in the next generation. The individuals which are not part of the elite group will reproduce in the mating pool. The individuals have been encoded using the MATLAB “num2str.” In this way, each digit of the coefficient, representing a gene, is part of a string and it can be exchanged with another individual (crossover) or randomly changed (mutation). The “crossover” is implemented, randomly choosing where to cut each individual string. The string is divided into three parts and the “two point crossover” is adopted as the increase of the cutting points reduces the algorithm performance [10], [11].

The crossover is performed with a probability of 100% which means it is executed at every cycle. The “mutation” is implemented randomly changing. One gene on chromosome stands for one digit. The “mutation” is performed with a probability of 1%, otherwise the genetic algorithm could result in a random search. The number of individuals chosen for elitism is determined by the need to find the best solution with a reduced number of attempts. The elitism is chosen equal to 6 (30% of the population) and is a good trade-off between the need to find the best possible solution and the convergence of the genetic algorithm search. The relation between the two weights adopted for the cost function, one for the “dynamic” poles and the other for the “stability” poles, depends on which aim is considered more important. If the pole position indicated is reasonable. A good strategy in choosing reasonable aims is to individuate the passive damping needed to have the desired position of the high frequency poles and the proportional coefficient needed to have the desired bandwidth. Then the genetic algorithm tuning can be used to reach both the stability and dynamics of the overall system, thus finding a good trade-off oriented in a preferred direction with a small number of attempts in comparison with complex optimization algorithms that usually work well in the neighborhood of the initial state. Since the initial state is often unknown in the tuning of the active damping network and the number of constraints can differ from the number of coefficients to be optimized, the genetic algorithm can also guarantee a sensible reduction of the hours needed for the tuning [11].

Usually the damping of the system is chosen in a qualitative manner, resulting in a decrease of efficiency and unknown dynamic of the system. Design guidelines for both passive and active damping are given and with different approaches. However, the possible variants in the system configuration, due to the position of the current sensors, presence of delays, tuning of the PI parameters and switching frequency are many. Thus passive and active damping have sometimes opposite effects in different systems. The un-damped system is always unstable if the current sensors are on the converter side, can be stable if the grid sensors are on the grid side. It is worth to highlight that these results as shown in Fig.8 (a) and (b) are strongly dependent on the parameters of the LCL filter. Thus it is very important to clearly fix the constraints both on the damping of the two high frequency poles and on the dynamic of the system (thus on the damping of the right plane poles). It is difficult to comply with them using a simple design method; thence it is very attractive to use soft computing optimizing methods such as genetic algorithm in shown in Fig.8 (a)&(b) [11].

• Inverter/converter rated power: 1KVA

• Rated input LCL filter frequency: 50-60 Hz

• Rated output voltage: 3x230 V

• Rated output frequency:50-55Hz

• Rated output current: 4.6/4.8 A

• 2 series connected Delta Electronica DC power supplies

• Type: SM300 D10

• Rated power: 3KW

• Rated current: 10A

• Rated voltage: 330V as shown in Fig.9, and result output waveform shown in Fig.10 to Fig.15.

Fig 8(a) shows in position of poles and zeros without optimization and fig 8(b) uses GA optimization method stable position of poles and zeros. Research project set-up in laboratory circuit diagram using inverter, microcontroller for PI controller using PWM modular, LCL filter with connected grid system in shown Fig.9.Using Psim software and design model of 3-Ø inverter using 8KHz PWM frequency and LCL filter though connected 3-Ø grid system shown in Fig.10 and Psim research model result o/p voltage, current LCL filter waveform and o/p grid voltage, current waveform system is stable some second shown in Fig.11. Using MATLAB software and design research model using value of different parameter in Fig.12 and o/p 3-Ø voltage, current waveform and filter waveform fuel cell waveform and after some second system will be stable shown in Fig.13. Now research model design and on line implement using this parameter and switching frequency shown wave form o/p inverter voltage and though LCL filter connected in 3-Ø grid in Fig.14 and Fig.15.

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(b)

Fig. 8: Closed loop current root locus with GA optimized active damping (a) starting population (b) final results

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