PWM drives: Voltage-type harmonic sources in power systems

K. S. Smith, L. Ran

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PWM inverter induction motor drives with capacitive DC links are becoming more common. Using circuit analysis, physical measurement and numerical simulation, the paper investigates the generation of power-system harmonics by the PWM drive. It is shown that its harmonic characteristics differ from other nonlinear power-system loads and the drive can be more accurately represented as a voltage rather than a current type of harmonic source. This has implications for both analytic harmonic evaluation and practical filter design. In the paper, a modulation function model is developed which can be used to assess the impact of a PWM drive on a power system, when only limited design data are available. © IEE, 1998.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-299
Number of pages7
JournalIEE Proceedings: Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Modelling
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Power systems and plant
  • Vollage-lype harmonic sources


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