Reliability of power inverters is of dominant importance in various applications, including industrial, military, aerospace, and commercial applications. Therefore, developing fault tolerant (FT) power inverters is extremely needed from the viewpoints of system availability and avoiding harmful consequences. Tolerating various types of faults, preserving full output ratings after the fault, and being cost-effective represent the main challenges for most of existing FT solutions. In this paper, a new FT single-phase five-level inverter topology is proposed. The proposed topology can effectively tolerate both of single or multiple switches faults whether they are of open-or short-circuit fault types. Moreover, the proposed topology does not deteriorate system efficiency in postfault operation compared to the previously developed FT solutions. Evaluation of the effectiveness and robustness of the proposed topology is verified in both of simulation and experimental environments. Different case studies are investigated in order to cover various types and locations of switches' faults. Moreover, comprehensive comparisons are provided to validate the superiority of the proposed topology over the previously addressed techniques.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering