Control for the output voltage on a flying capacitor multilevel inverter

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Beatriz Angélica Aguilar-López
José Antonio Juárez-Abad
Jorge Luis Barahona-Avalos
Rosalino Mayoral-Lagunes
Jesús Linares-Flores
Marco Antonio Contreras-Ordaz


This paper presents the design of a robust Active Disturbance Rejection Controller (ADRC) for tracking the reference trajectory of the output voltage of a flying capacitor multilevel inverter. If the dynamics of each flying capacitor and of the passive elements of the filter are considered in the dynamic model of the converter, it results a high order model, which is difficult to control. PS-PWM modulation is used in this work to keep the voltages in the flying capacitors at their nominal values, and thereby generate a second-order simple dynamic model that is easier to control. The simulation and experimental results confirm that the controller is robust in the presence of disturbances, caused by either linear or nonlinear load changes. The experimental prototype of the complete system was built, and the implementation of the controller and the modulator was carried out in a FPGA; the results obtained are shown in the final part.
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