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Circuit for clamping bridge over-voltages in a voltage-fed quasi Z-source converter

Kitson, J. and McNeill, N. (2016) Circuit for clamping bridge over-voltages in a voltage-fed quasi Z-source converter. Electronics Letters, 52 (7). pp. 551-553. ISSN 0013-5194

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Unlike the voltage source converter, the Z-source converter can boost as well as buck the input voltage. However, the presence of physically large components in the impedance network introduces large parasitic inductances into power device commutation paths. This leads to consequent overvoltages at power device turn-off. A simple circuit for addressing this is presented. Practical results are given for a voltage-fed quasi- Z-source inverter with discontinuous input current.