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Yu Tang

Other affiliations: Nanjing University
Bio: Yu Tang is an academic researcher from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The author has contributed to research in topics: Inductor & Inverter. The author has an hindex of 17, co-authored 49 publications receiving 1755 citations. Previous affiliations of Yu Tang include Nanjing University.

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TL;DR: The topological derivation of H-SLCs is deduced by combining the passive and active switched-inductor unit and the operation modes of the proposed asymmetrical and symmetrical converters are illustrated.
Abstract: In applications where the high voltage gain is required, such as photovoltaic grid-connected system, fuel-cell and high-intensity discharge lamps for automobile, high step-up dc-dc converters have been introduced to boost the low voltage to a high bus voltage. The voltage gain of traditional boost converter is limited, considering the issues such as the system efficiency and current ripple. This paper proposes a class of hybrid switched-inductor converters (H-SLCs) for high step-up voltage gain conversion. First, the topological derivation of H-SLCs is deduced by combining the passive and active switched-inductor unit; second, this paper illustrates the operation modes of the proposed asymmetrical and symmetrical converters; third, the performance of the proposed converters is analyzed in detail and compared with existing converters; finally, a prototype is established in the laboratory, and the experimental results are given to verify the correctness of the analysis.

320 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, an improved Z-source inverter topology is proposed to suppress the inrush surge and the resonance of Zsource capacitors and inductors, and the operation principle of the proposed topology and comparison with the traditional topology are analyzed.
Abstract: This paper proposes an improved Z-source inverter topology. Compared to the traditional Z-source inverter, it can reduce the Z-source capacitor voltage stress significantly to perform the same voltage boost, and has inherent limitation to inrush current at startup. The control strategy of the proposed Z-source inverter is exactly the same as the traditional one, so all the existing control strategy can be used directly. A soft-start strategy is also proposed to suppress the inrush surge and the resonance of Z-source capacitors and inductors. The operation principle of the proposed topology and comparison with the traditional topology are analyzed in detail. Simulation and experimental results are given to demonstrate the new features of the improved topology.

314 citations

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TL;DR: The proposed active-network converter with switched-capacitor technique can achieve high voltage gain without extremely high duty ratio and the voltage stress of the active switches and output diodes is low.
Abstract: The voltage gain of traditional boost converter is limited due to the high current ripple, high voltage stress across active switch and diode, and low efficiency associated with large duty ratio operation. High voltage gain is required in applications, such as the renewable energy power systems with low input voltage. A high step-up voltage gain active-network converter with switched-capacitor technique is proposed in this paper. The proposed converter can achieve high voltage gain without extremely high duty ratio. In addition, the voltage stress of the active switches and output diodes is low. Therefore, low voltage components can be adopted to reduce the conduction loss and cost. The operating principle and steady-state analysis are discussed in detail. A prototype with 20-40-V input voltage, 200-V output voltage, and 200-W output power has been established in the laboratory. Experimental results are given to verify the analysis and advantages of the proposed converter.

219 citations

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TL;DR: In the proposed PWM strategy, the shoot-through time intervals of three phase legs are calculated and rearranged according to the active state and zero state time intervals to achieve the minimum current ripple across the Z-source inductor, while maintaining the same total shoot- through time interval.
Abstract: This paper proposes the pulsewidth modulation (PWM) strategy of Z-source inverters (ZSIs) with minimum inductor current ripple. In existing PWM strategy with single-phase shoot-through, the shoot-through time interval is divided into six equal parts, therefore the three phase legs bear the equal shoot-through time interval. In this manner, the allotment and arrangement of the shoot-through state is easy to realize, but the inductor current ripple is not optimized. This causes to use relatively large inductors. In the proposed PWM strategy, the shoot-through time intervals of three phase legs are calculated and rearranged according to the active state and zero state time intervals to achieve the minimum current ripple across the Z-source inductor, while maintaining the same total shoot-through time interval. The principle of the proposed PWM strategy is analyzed in detail, and the comparison of current ripple under the traditional and proposed PWM strategy is given. Simulation and experimental results on the series ZSI are shown to verify the analysis.

188 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, a new family of Z-source ac-ac converters with buck-boost ability is proposed, including four switches single-phase structure and six switches threephase structure.
Abstract: A new family of Z-source ac-ac converters with buck-boost ability are proposed, including four switches single-phase structure and six switches three-phase structure. New commutation strategies for these converters are proposed and safe commutation can be achieved without snubber circuit. The commutation strategies are easily to realize by sampling only voltage signals, and two switches are always turned on, so switching loss can be reduced. Analysis based on state-space averaging reveals the relationship between Z-source inductor current and filter inductor current as well as voltage ratio. The design considerations of voltage-fed single-phase topology are given as an example. Simulation results on the voltage-fed topologies and experimental results on voltage-fed single-phase topology verified the unique features of Z-source ac-ac converters and the proposed commutation strategies. These converters have merits such as less conduction and switching loss, less devices, therefore high efficiency and reliability can be achieved.

145 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors comprehensively review and classify various step-up dc-dc converters based on their characteristics and voltage-boosting techniques, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these voltage boosting techniques and associated converters.
Abstract: DC–DC converters with voltage boost capability are widely used in a large number of power conversion applications, from fraction-of-volt to tens of thousands of volts at power levels from milliwatts to megawatts. The literature has reported on various voltage-boosting techniques, in which fundamental energy storing elements (inductors and capacitors) and/or transformers in conjunction with switch(es) and diode(s) are utilized in the circuit. These techniques include switched capacitor (charge pump), voltage multiplier, switched inductor/voltage lift, magnetic coupling, and multistage/-level, and each has its own merits and demerits depending on application, in terms of cost, complexity, power density, reliability, and efficiency. To meet the growing demand for such applications, new power converter topologies that use the above voltage-boosting techniques, as well as some active and passive components, are continuously being proposed. The permutations and combinations of the various voltage-boosting techniques with additional components in a circuit allow for numerous new topologies and configurations, which are often confusing and difficult to follow. Therefore, to present a clear picture on the general law and framework of the development of next-generation step-up dc–dc converters, this paper aims to comprehensively review and classify various step-up dc–dc converters based on their characteristics and voltage-boosting techniques. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of these voltage-boosting techniques and associated converters are discussed in detail. Finally, broad applications of dc–dc converters are presented and summarized with comparative study of different voltage-boosting techniques.

1,230 citations

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TL;DR: This review paper is the first of its kind with the aim of providing a “one-stop” information source and a selection guide on impedance-source networks for power conversion for researchers, designers, and application engineers.
Abstract: Impedance networks cover the entire of electric power conversion from dc (converter, rectifier), ac (inverter), to phase and frequency conversion (ac-ac) in a wide range of applications. Various converter topologies have been reported in the literature to overcome the limitations and problems of the traditional voltage source, current source as well as various classical buck-boost, unidirectional, and bidirectional converter topologies. Proper implementation of the impedance-source network with appropriate switching configurations and topologies reduces the number of power conversion stages in the system power chain, which may improve the reliability and performance of the power system. The first part of this paper provides a comprehensive review of the various impedance-source-networks-based power converters and discusses the main topologies from an application point of view. This review paper is the first of its kind with the aim of providing a “one-stop” information source and a selection guide on impedance-source networks for power conversion for researchers, designers, and application engineers. A comprehensive review of various modeling, control, and modulation techniques for the impedance-source converters/inverters will be presented in Part II.

601 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, a switched inductor (SL) Z-source inverter is proposed to enlarge voltage adjustability, which employs a unique SL impedance network to couple the main circuit and the power source.
Abstract: On the basis of the classical Z-source inverter, this paper presents a developed impedance-type power inverter that is termed the switched inductor (SL) Z-source inverter. To enlarge voltage adjustability, the proposed inverter employs a unique SL impedance network to couple the main circuit and the power source. Compared with the classical Z-source inverter, the proposed inverter increases the voltage boost inversion ability significantly. Only a very short shoot-through zero state is required to obtain high voltage conversion ratios, which is beneficial for improving the output power quality of the main circuit. In addition, the voltage buck inversion ability is also provided in the proposed inverter for those applications that need low ac voltages. Similar to the classical Z-source inverter, the proposed concepts of SL Z-source inverter can be applied to various applications of dc-ac, ac-ac, dc-dc, and ac-dc power conversion. A detailed topology analysis and a generalized discussion are given. Both simulation and experimental results verify the analytical results.

546 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, a comprehensive review of step-up single-phase non-isolated inverters suitable for ac-module applications is presented, where the selected solutions are designed and simulated complying with the benchmark obtaining passive and semiconductor components ratings.
Abstract: This paper presents a comprehensive review of step-up single-phase non-isolated inverters suitable for ac-module applications. In order to compare the most feasible solutions of the reviewed topologies, a benchmark is set. This benchmark is based on a typical ac-module application considering the requirements for the solar panels and the grid. The selected solutions are designed and simulated complying with the benchmark obtaining passive and semiconductor components ratings in order to perform a comparison in terms of size and cost. A discussion of the analyzed topologies regarding the obtained ratings as well as ground currents is presented. Recommendations for topological solutions complying with the application benchmark are provided.

475 citations

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TL;DR: A proper comparison is established among the most important non-isolated boost-based dc-dc converters regarding the voltage stress across the semiconductor elements, number of components and static gain.
Abstract: The major consideration in dc-dc conversion is often associated with high efficiency, reduced stresses involving semiconductors, low cost, simplicity and robustness of the involved topologies. In the last few years, high-step-up non-isolated dc-dc converters have become quite popular because of its wide applicability, especially considering that dc-ac converters must be typically supplied with high dc voltages. The conventional non-isolated boost converter is the most popular topology for this purpose, although the conversion efficiency is limited at high duty cycle values. In order to overcome such limitation and improve the conversion ratio, derived topologies can be found in numerous publications as possible solutions for the aforementioned applications. Within this context, this work intends to classify and review some of the most important non-isolated boost-based dc-dc converters. While many structures exist, they can be basically classified as converters with and without wide conversion ratio. Some of the main advantages and drawbacks regarding the existing approaches are also discussed. Finally, a proper comparison is established among the most significant converters regarding the voltage stress across the semiconductor elements, number of components and static gain.

459 citations