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Uznanski S.,Electrical Power Converters Group | Todd B.,Electrical Power Converters Group | Dinius A.,Electrical Power Converters Group | King Q.,Electrical Power Converters Group | Brugger M.,Targets and Interactions Group
IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science | Year: 2014

This work describes in detail the Radiation Hardness Assurance methodology applied to the development of new radiation tolerant power converter control system for the Large Hadron Collider at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). This system is based primarily on commercial-off-the-shelf components for which the extensive testing scheme is applied to decrease the probability of radiation failures during the operation of the LHC machine in the high-luminosity operating conditions era. © 1963-2012 IEEE.

Siemaszko D.,Electrical Power Converters Group
IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics | Year: 2015

The modular multilevel converter (MMC) is attracting more and more interest in high-power and high-voltage applications. Highly redundant, each arm of the converter is made of a large number of identical submodules with inner storage capability allowing to reach very high voltage without dc-link capacitor. The control of such a converter represents a challenge when it comes to the implementation of an MMC with a large number of submodules, namely in distributing the control tasks and handling the communicated values in-between controllers and submodules. This paper presents the details of an innovative submodule selection method for the submodule capacitor's voltage balancing within one arm of an MMC. "The Tortoise and the Hare" sorting method shows very fast response, high reliability, and its implementation suits a large number of implemented submodules as for high-voltage dc applications. The proposed submodule capacitor's balancing method is validated on a three-phase 10-kVA prototype with five submodules per arm. © 2014 IEEE.

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