Black-box modeling of hree-phase voltage source inverters for system-level analysis Articles uri icon

publication date

  • September 2012

start page

  • 3648

end page

  • 3662


  • 9


  • 59

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0278-0046

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9948


  • Modeling and simulation are powerful tools to design power distribution systems made up of multiple converters and loads, such as the system of the more-electric aircraft (MEA). However, a system designer usually has no access to detailed data of the power converters, due to confidentiality of manufacturers. Therefore, a black-box modeling approach is necessary. This paper proposes a large-signal black-box modeling technique of three-phase voltage source inverters. The resulting model is oriented to perform system-level analysis and is fully parameterized from the transient response of the converter, which is obtained through simple experimental tests based on low-cost equipment. Moreover, it does not represent the internal data of the converter, thus keeping the confidentiality of the manufacturer. The proposed method has been experimentally validated on a 5-kW actual inverter, which has been applied on the test bench of an MEA power distribution system.


  • black-box model; dc-ac converter; distributed power system; model identification; more-electric aircraft (mea); system-level analysis; voltage source inverter (vsi)