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# Design and Analysis of Output Filter for 3-phase UPS Inverter

## Byoungwoo Ryu*, Jaesik Kim**, Jaeho Choi*, and Changho Choi**

Chungbuk National University*
48 Gaesindong, Cheongju, Chungbuk
361-763 S. KOREA
Phone: +82-43-261-2425, Fax: +82-43-276-7217
E-Mail: choi@,power.chunPbuk.ac.kr
POSCON Ltd., Seoul, S. KOREA**

Abstract
This paper proposes a design method of the L-C
output filter for three-phase UPS inverter: The
harmonic components of the output voltages are
dependent on the L-C value and the system time
constant defined by the switching frequency, the
speed of control processo< the controller gain, and
etc., but their characteristics are complicate and
entangled each othel: In this paper: the relation
between the L-C value and the system time constant
are described with the closed form and the filter
values can be calculated to meet the limit of voltage
THD considering the system time constant. The
schematic design procedure is given by a single flow
chart and the proposed filter design algorithm is
verified through the simulation and experiments.

## Key words: output filter design, UPS, zero-output

impedance

1 Introduction
There are two kinds of harmonic sources that make
the UPS output voltage waveform be distorted: One
is caused by the PWM switching of inverter and the
other is caused by the nonlinear characteristics of the
load. If any linear loads are connected to the inverter
output side, then the output voltage harmonics due to
the PWM switching can be eliminated by inserting
the L-C filter between the inverter and the loads, and
it is well known how to design the optimal values of
the filter components [l, 21. But the configuration of
the power circuit with L-C filter cannot meet the zero
output impedance at all. Therefore, the capacitor
voltage is usually collapsed in case of the sudden
load change or under the nonlinear load.
By using the fast feedback controller for the output
capacitor voltage, the harmonic distortion due to the
nonlinear load characteristics, such as the capacitor
input type rectifier load or transient load change, can

## be complemented [3]. But the performance of the

feedback controller is dependent on the system time
constant defined by the switching frequency, the
speed of control processor, and the controller gain.
And the harmonics suppression characteristics of the
L-C filter and the feedback controller are entangled
each other and complicate to analyze. Therefore, it is
difficult to design the L-C filter considering the
system time constant with the conventional methods.
In this paper, the harmonics characteristics due to
the L-C filter value and the system time constant are
described with the closed form and L-C filter values
can be calculated to meet the given specification of
voltage THD, considering the system time constant.
It means that the harmonic components due to the
PWM switching of inverter and the nonlinear load
characteristics are decoupled separately, and the L-C
filter value and the performance of the feedback
controller are determined to meet each allotted ratio
of THD, for the harmonics suppression [4, 51.
The design procedure of the L-C filter for threephase UPS inverter is described. The transfer
function of the filter output voltage to the load
current is given as the closed form and it is possible
to get the L-C values by solving this closed form.
The capacitor value can be calculated with the given
system time constant defined by the performance of
the system controller. This procedure is more
practical to design the power circuit and control
circuit of inverter for UPS than the conventional one.
And also, the effect of the load current to the voltage
distortion can be calculated from the closed form, so
it is possible to analyzed the system how much the
voltage waveform is distorted under the nonlinear
Finally, the schematic design procedure is given by
a single flow chart and the proposed filter design
algorithm is verified through the simulation.

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## Three-phase PWM-VSI system

The three-phase voltage and current equations of

PCC-Osaka 2002

PWM INVERTER

LC FILTER

## minimize the cost function defined by the summation

of the reactive powers. This design procedure can be
applied to a linear load well. But under the nonlinear
load or transient load change, we cannot neglect the
harmonics components due to the second term.

circuit.

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## Fig. 2 Single-phase equivalent block diagram.

the input and output sides of the filters are transferred
to,the dq-values under the stationary reference frame
as (1) and (2).

## If the inductor value is minimized at almost zero in

(3), the capacitor voltage can be independent on the
load current characteristics and it means that the UPS
system works as an ideal voltage source. To minimize
the inductor value, the capacitor value should be
maximized. But as the increase of the capacitor value,
the power rating of an inverter will be increased due
to the increase of the reactive power. So it is
permitted to increase the inductor value for the
decrease of the capacitor value as far as the harmonic
components of the capacitor voltage is controlled
with the help of fast feedback voltage controller. It is
clear from the above that the filter design value
should be compromised as the performance of the
system controller. But they are coupled each other
and the filter values are adjusted as the performance
of the controller by the try-and-error method in the
conventional methods.

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## The three-phase system can be described by the

two single-phase systems of 'd' and 'q' as shown in
Fig. 2 without the coupling terms. The dq singlephase equivalent blocks are shown as the MIS0
system with two inputs of the inverter output voltage
and the load current in Fig. 2 . We will deal with the
equivalent system of 'd' axis only in the equations
below and it can be applied to 'q' axis equally.

## Figure 3 shows the system block diagram with

controller. The control system is designed based on
double regulation loops: the main feature is the inner
control loop of the current flowing through the filter
capacitor can be limited within a given range and a
second feedback has been performed using an outer
voltage loop which makes it possible to improve the
dynamics of the entire control system. The transfer
function is driven as (4).

## From Fig. 2 , the transfer function of the capacitor

output voltage to the inverter output voltage and the
load current can be described in (3) neglecting the
resistance of inductor [ 5 ] .

## In conventional method of the filter design, the

second term is treated as the disturbance and only the
first term is considered to determine the L-C values.
Once the product of L,Cj is calculated from the
expecting cut-off frequency of the L-C filter, the
exact values of Lfand Cf are determined at values that

## In (4), let's consider the input-output transfer

characteristics responding to the voltage command

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## and the load current separately. For the analysis of

the effect due to the capacitor command voltage, the
effect due to the load current can be neglected by
putting zero, I,,=O. Then the controller gains, Kp, Ki,
and K, can be designed to meet-the ideal controller.
For this, the gain of the transfer function satisfies unit
to make all the values of the nominator and the
denominator are same within the passing bandwidth.
From the above, (4) is simplified as (5).

## time constant z and the capacitor value C is given

as the closed form of (9). In this equation, the
stability factors of are used here as y , =2.5 and
y 2=2 which satisfy the Manabes recommendation
[5,61.
And also, from the same methods of comparison,
all the values of controller gains, Kp, Ki,and K, are
given as like the following equations.

## If the inverter output L-C filter is designed well to

eliminate the harmonics included in the inverter
output voltage, then the command voltage of (5), Vcd*
is substituted by the fundamental component of the
inverter output voltage, Vadlas in (6).

4
For the analysis of the effect due to the change of
load current only, the first term of the right side of (6)
can be neglected and the transfer characteristics of
the capacitor voltage to the load current is given as
(7).
vcd(jnoo)
(in%)

IOd

- L P ~ W , ~

(7)

K,K,

## Before proceeding of the filter design, the UPS

specification and the system parameters are given as
followings:
1) Total harmonic distortion factor of voltage,
THD, is below 5% in case of both 0.8 linear
lagging load and nonlinear rectifier load with the
crest factor, CF=1.

## 2 ) Modulation index, my is given as 0.7 considering

the variation range of DC link voltage and load.
3.2 Design of controller gain

## For the design of controller gain, CDM(Coefficient

Diagram Method) controller with observer canonical
form is used [6]. The characteristic equation of (4) is
defined in CDM controller by (8) to meet the
robustness.

## The flowchart of filter design procedure is shown

in Fig. 4. In the design process, if the calculated total
harmonic distortion factor of the output voltage THD,
doesnt meet the specification, then it repeats the
routine after decreasing the rate of voltage harmonics
due to the dominant load current harmonics [4,5].

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## With the comparison of the coefficients of two

equations, the transfer function of the capacitor
voltage to the load current given by (7) is described
as (9).

(9)
If the specification of the capacitor voltage
harmonics caused by the nonlinear load current is
given arbitrary, then the relation between the system

## The voltage harmonics of SPWM-VSI is defined

ideally as (13) and the fundamental component and
dominant harmonics of inverter output voltage
normalized by DC input voltage is given as Table I.

## Under the assumption of ideal voltage waveform,

the nonlinear load current harmonics of capacitor
input type rectifier with the crest factor, CF=3 is
analyzed using the computer simulation. Table I1
shows the Fourier coefficients of load current
normalized by the fundamental component.

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## Table I. Normalized inverter voltage harmonics,

v a d ~ v as
d ~the change of modulation index, mp
mf
Order
1
FSW

f7&2

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.5

1.00

0.90

0.80

0.70

0.60

0.50

0.60

0.71

0.82

0.92

1.01

1.08

0.32

0.27

0.22

0.17

0.13

0.09

11

13

Mag.

1.00

0.73

0.35

0.07

0.04

0.02

0.01

## 4.4 Determine the system time constant and

capacitance value
The system time constant z i s selected 3 times
longer than the switching time considering the
system stability and the dynamics empirically. Then
the capacitance value is calculated using the given
values of system time constant and the rate of
permitting voltage harmonics due to the load current
from (8). The permission level of the harmonics due
to the nonlinear load current is initially selected 1["A]
considering the remaining harmonics after
eliminating with L-C filter. If the THD, cannot meet
the specification finally, then the calculation of the
capacitance value should be repeated after decreasing
this level.

xc

## The impedance ratio of inductor and capacitor is

determined to satisfy the condition that the ratio of
output voltage to input voltage at the specific
harmonic order shown in (14) can be smaller than
3[%] of the fundamental component of the output
voltage as shown in (15). The specific harmonic
order will be given as the same value of switching
frequency.
(14)

0.01 y2y,2
~-

n2wiIon

and capacitor

1
5'

## 4.5 Determine the gains of controller

Using (10) to (1 2), all values of controller gains
K,,, Ki,and K, are determined with the given value of
the stability factor and the determined values of the
system time constant and capacitance.

## 4.6 Calculation of the output voltage harmonics

The total harmonic distortion factor of the output
voltage THD,is calculated from (4) as described in
(1 8). The determined values of controller gains and
the L-C parameters are used for this calculation.

## 4.3 Determine the capacitance value based on the

cost function
The upper limit of the capacitance is determined
at the value that minimizes the cost function defined
by the total kVA of the filter L-C components as
shown in (16).

## In (16), W is the weighting coefficient determined

due to the relative cost of inductor to the capacitor.

## After the calculation of THD,, if it does not meet

the specification, then the above process should be
repeated from the top after modifying the condition
as followings: 1) In case of linear load, repeat the
calculation process after decreasing the impedance
ratio of inductance and conductance from 3[%]. 2 ) In
case of nonlinear load, repeat it after decreasing the
harmonics ratio caused by the load current from 1["?I.

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Harmonics analysis of
PWM voltage and nonlinear load current

1
Calculating frequency transfer function of
filter input to filter output voltage

## Determine the impedance ratio of

filter inductor and capacitor

## Making closed form of filter capacitance and system equivalent time

constant using transfer function with contvoller

## using closed form for load current harmonics

of the amplitude of dominant

## Retune to the system

equivalent time constant

## the impedance ratio of

4
Selecting controller gains
satisfying the system response

Analyzing output voltage harmonics under the linear and nonlinear load
using transfer function considering the system performance of controller

## current waveforms and the harmonic spectra of the

output voltage waveform under the capacitor input
type three-phase rectifier with CF= 6 are shown

Simulation results

## Table I11 shows the system parameters and the

design values of L-C filter and the controller gains
using the filter design flowchart as shown in Fig. 4.
In case of the linear R-L load, the THD, of
capacitor output voltage is 3.2[%] when the L-C filter
is designed by the conventional method based on the
cost function and 3.7[%] when it is designed by the
proposed method, respectively. From the results, it is
verified that both methods are usefd under the linear
From Fig. 5 to Fig. 8, the output voltage and

## Table 111. System parameters for simulation

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output
Power
output
Voltage

30[kVA]

Considered
Controller

Lf = 4o[uH]

22O[V]

c/ =100[uF]
Rf = 0.05

Switching
Frequency
Controller
time constant

9.54[kHz]

Considered

L/ = 165[uH]

. Cost function

2OO[us]

c/ = 25[uF]
R/ = 0.05

300

300

-300
0.02

0.01

0.00

0.03

0.00

0.03

0.02

0.01

T i m [sec]

Tims [sec]

Fig. 5 Output voltage and current waveforms with LC filter designed by the conventional method.

Fig. 7 Output voltage and current waveforms with LC filter designed by the proposed method.

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0

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

h _
160

Order

Order

## Fig. 6 Harmonic spectrum of output voltage in

conventional method.

proposed method.

## . When the filter is designed by the conventional

method, the voltage waveform is distorted a little and
the its THD, is 8.5[%] with the given system time
constant. Therefore, to meet the specification of
THD,, the inductor value should be reduced and the
capacitor value should be larger. And the inverter
power rating will be increased due to the increase of
the reactive power.

References

## On the other hand, if the filter is designed by the

proposed method, then the output voltage waveform
is almost sinusoidal and the THD, comes within the
specification with 4.6[%].

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6. Conclusion
This paper proposes a filter design procedure for
three-phase UPS inverter. By using the proposed
method, the filter values can be calculated from the
closed form under the given system time Constant.
Therefore, the L-C filter value can be determined
quickly through the systematic procedure without
using any try and error method.

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