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Two Core Implementations of Coupled Inductors for Paralleled Three-phase Power Converters

Table about classification of harmonic voltage according to common-mode, differential-mode, phase-shifted and non-phase-shifted
Table 1. Classification of current harmonics on frequency spectrum
Interleaving is a widely used technique in power electronics, but if the interleaved converters share a common AC output and DC link, circulating current flows between the converters. The circulating current contributes to additional loss at the power devices and the filters, deteriorating the efficiency of the system. Common-mode chokes or coupled inductors (CIs), as shown in Fig.1, are used to suppress the circulating current. These additional magnetic components in-crease the total size and weight of the system and mitigate the benefits of interleaving on size and weight reduction.

This paper presents a new structure for coupled inductors in three-phase converters that min-imizes the weight of the magnetics in paralleled converters. In the steady state, every current harmonic at each frequency can be classified into one of four groups according to DM and CM, and phase-shifted by 180, as shown in Table 1. Coupled inductors provide large impedance only for circulating currents, which are in Groups 3 and 4.

The proposed coupled inductors are comprised of two cores. One core is for use in DM coupled inductors (DMCIs) to suppress the DM circulating harmonics of Group 3. The other core is a CM coupled inductor (CMCI) to suppress the CM circulating harmonics of Group 4. By combining the structure of a conventional three-phase inductor with the coupled inductors, a single E-core with six windings, as shown in the left of Fig 2, can be implemented to suppress DM circulating current. By combining the structure of the CM choke with the coupled inductors, a U-core pair with six windings, as shown in the right of Fig. 2, can effectively couple the flux of the CM circulating current.

Prototypes have been built to examine possible size reduction. Conventional coupled inductors and the proposed DMCI and CMCI are designed to have similar maximum magnetic-flux density, while the turns number for each coupled inductor is set to have a mutual inductance value. Using the proposed integration can reduce the weight of the coupled inductor by 30%, from 510g to 361.5g, with the same attenuation for circulating current.


Image of conventional coupled inductor with two windings on UU core
Fig. 1. Structure of Conventional Coupled Inductor
Image of size comparison between proposed coupled inductor and conventional coupled inductor
Fig. 3. Size Comparison for Proto-type


Image of size comparison for prototype.
Fig. 3. Size comparison for prototype.
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