Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences




The matrix converter or pulse width modulated frequency changer, invented in the mid-1980s, is a direct power conversion device that can generate a variable voltage and frequency from a variable input source. Industrially, it is applied in adjustable speed control of induction motor drive, power quality conditioner, and traction applications. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the steady state characteristic behavior of an induction machine in terms of its speed and torque when driven by a three phase indirect matrix converter at reduced harmonics. Similarly, projecting an AC-AC matrix converter that ensures a uniform synchronization in frequency and voltage supplies between the three phase wound rotor machine and the transformer's grid voltage supply is discussed in the Scherbius scheme. The different methods of torque calculations pertaining to some selected machine circuit diagrams are presented for comparison and analysis. Emphasis on the torque-speed characteristics of the machine at varied resistance and slip values were graphically analyzed in MATLAB to determine the degree of torque-speed dependence on the rotor resistance and slip. The overall behavior of the machine under motoring, plugging, and regenerative modes was considered in this work, while a detailed Simulink modeling of an indirect matrix converter on the Scherbius drive scheme is also presented for further analysis.


Indirect matrix converter, induction machine drive, steady state torque-speed characteristics, Scherbius drive, Simulink modeling

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