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The application of hybrid active filter technology to unbalanced traction loads

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posted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by Steven Senini
This thesis examines the application of hybrid active filter technology to large unbalanced loads such as those presented by electric railway traction systems. The thesis provides a systematic overview of possible hybrid topologies which will provide improvement over existing topologies. Several new topologies are identified in this process. The topologies are analysed to demonstrate the potential reduction in ratings of the active element achieved by the use of the hybrid topologies. A weakness is identified in the areas of signal detection and control system modelling. These areas are also addressed in the thesis and the modelling approach presented is believed to be new in this area. The modelling approach is demonstrated using one topology identified as having the lowest active element ratings. The analysis, operation and control algorithms are demonstrated using both simulation studies and experimental studies. The theoretical, simulated and experimental results show good correlation. The concept of duality is used to analyse and explain the operation of several new topologies identified as useful for harmonic isolation between two distorted buses. The use of hybrid topologies for harmonic isolation has not been seen before in the literature. These topologies are demonstrated using simulation studies.


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Central Queensland University

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Open Access

  • Yes

External Author Affiliations

James Goldston Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems;

Era Eligible

  • No


Dr Peter Wolfs ; Associate Professor Ken Kwong

Thesis Type

  • Doctoral Thesis

Thesis Format

  • Traditional