Modulation technique for low frequency harmonic cancellation in auxiliary railway power supplies Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2011

start page

  • 3976

end page

  • 3987


  • 9


  • 58

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-0046

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9948


  • The auxiliary railway power supply (ARPS) is needed in order to provide low and medium voltages to the onboard systems from the catenary high voltage. The outputs of the ARPS can be dc (24 Vdc รท100 Vdc) or ac (400 Vac). In the case of ac voltage generation, the ac output voltage is under very restrictive total harmonic distortion specifications even in the presence of nonlinear loads which draw low-frequency current harmonics. Along the present paper, a new modulation technique is proposed under the name of harmonic cancellation technique. It is based on the proper pre-distortion of the inverter output voltage in order to generate a controlled fundamental harmonic as well as a set of low-frequency harmonics which cancel out the harmonic pollution due to the nonlinear load performance. The theoretical background needed to implement the modulation technique is provided as well as the experimental validation of the proposed modulation technique through a scale-down prototype.