Dynamic Control and Analysis of DC-Capacitor Voltage Fluctuations in Three-Phase Active Power Filters

Tomoyuki Mannen, Hideaki Fujita

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This paper proposes a new control method of three-phase active power filters for reducing the dc capacitor voltage fluctuations in transient load change. The proposed control method introduces a new k-step compensator, which maintains the mean active power flowing into the dc capacitor at zero every 1/(k-1) ac line period. Therefore, the compensator can suppress the transient voltage fluctuations across the dc capacitor even when a quick load change occurs. This paper theoretically reveals the relationship between the step number k and the reduction effect of the dc voltage fluctuations. The experimental setup introducing the proposed seven-step compensator exhibits a good suppression effect of the dc voltage fluctuations and makes it possible to reduce the required capacitance value of the dc capacitor by a factor of seven.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7332756
Pages (from-to)6710-6718
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016



  • Active power filters
  • dc capacitor voltage fluctuations
  • harmonic detection
  • load change
  • transient response

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