High-voltage pulse generator using sequentially charged full-bridge modular multilevel converter sub-modules, for water treatment applications

Elgenedy, Mohamed A. and Massoud, Ahmed and Holliday, Derrick and Ahmed, Shehab Ahmed and Williams, Barry W. (2019) High-voltage pulse generator using sequentially charged full-bridge modular multilevel converter sub-modules, for water treatment applications. The Journal of Engineering (17). pp. 4537-4544. ISSN 2051-3305

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    Abstract

    This paper proposes a new high-voltage pulse generator (PG) fed from a low-voltage DC supply Vs, which charges one arm of N series-connected full-bridge (FB) modular multilevel converter (MMC) sub-module (SM) capacitors sequentially, through a resistive-inductive branch. By utilising FB-SMs, the proposed PG is able to generate bipolar rectangular pulses of peak NVs and unipolar rectangular pulses of either polarity, at high repetition rates. Asymmetrical pulses are also possible. The proposed topology is assessed via simulation and scaled-down experimentation, which establish the viability of the topology for water treatment applications.