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Energies 2017, 10(10), 1569; doi:10.3390/en10101569

A Stable and Fast-Transient Performance Switched-Mode Power Amplifier for a Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) System

School of Electrical Engineering, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
State Grid Anhui Economic Research Institute, Hefei 230022, China
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Received: 21 July 2017 / Revised: 24 September 2017 / Accepted: 27 September 2017 / Published: 11 October 2017


Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) systems are used to test a power system with the help of combined software and hardware. Generally, to construct a PHIL system, a switched-mode power amplifier that has a stable performance is used, because of their large, linear signal control-to-output characteristics. However, the fundamental limitations of a switch-mode power amplifier (PA) are the dynamic performance and output bandwidth. In this paper, a compound controller has been used for the rectifier part of a PA, which can ensure the stability of a PA under transient or fault operating conditions. Moreover, a compound controller, which involves a feed-forward controller, a proportional controller and a repetitive controller, is proposed in the inverter part of a PA, and it can be used for PHIL applications. Experimental results are obtained under various operating conditions, such as transient responses under load step change, and output voltage bandwidth testing for a PHIL system, it is concluded that a proposed switched-mode power amplifier is useful for the PHIL system. View Full-Text
Keywords: power hardware-in-the-loop; power amplifier; compound controller; dynamic performance power hardware-in-the-loop; power amplifier; compound controller; dynamic performance

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Sun, J.; Yin, C.; Gong, J.; Chen, Y.; Liao, Z.; Zha, X. A Stable and Fast-Transient Performance Switched-Mode Power Amplifier for a Power Hardware in the Loop (PHIL) System. Energies 2017, 10, 1569.

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