2003 Volume 123 Issue 11 Pages 1269-1275
This paper presents a novel three-phase voltage source type soft-switching inverter using the main and auxiliary IGBT power module packages in order to reduce their switching power losses as well as its electromagnetic noises. A single inductor-assisted resonant AC link snubber circuit as one of some resonant snubbers to achieve the zero voltage soft-switching for the three-phase voltage source inverter (VSI) with instantaneous space voltage vector sinewave modulation strategy is originally demonstrated as compared with the other resonant AC link snubber circuit topologies. In addition to this, its operation principle and unique features are described in this paper for resistive and inductive loads. Furthermore, the practical basic operating performances of the new instananeous space vector modulated soft-switching VSI using IGBT power modules are evaluated and discussed on the basis of power conversion efficiency and electromagnetic conductive and radiative noises from an experimental point of view, as compared with those of hard-switching VSI.