Theses and Dissertations


Yong Cheng

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Ginn, Herbert L.

Committee Member

Schulz, Noel

Committee Member

Follett, Randolph F.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Many types of devices based on power converters have been proposed and studied for utility applications. In recent years most of the control systems for these converters have been digital. Unfortunately, such digital controllers, which are often based on a digital signal processor (DSP), are difficult to model in simulation. Thus, hardware prototypes are usually required. This thesis presents a tool for fast prototyping that helps overcome these difficulties. Namely, a hardware-in-the-loop simulation is provided for the digital controller in order to evaluate control algorithms without the voltage source converter and power system. The controller in the loop design methodology is described and the division between the real-time power system model and the hardware controller with an interface is shown. Also, the modulation type, integration time step selection and synchronization between the controller and the real-time system simulation are discussed. The hardware configuration for the real-time simulator and the software implementation of the simulator is discussed. In this thesis an example application of a shunt active compensator following this formal procedure is presented. The active compensator prototyping was first developed in MATLAB/Simulink. Then, following a formal design procedure, the power system was modeled in a digital simulator and the controller was implemented in a digital controller board. Finally, a hardware-in-the-loop test was carried out to validate the performance of the hardware controller for the active compensator. Although the tools and methods presented here are aimed at shunt connected current controller application, they may be generalized for use in the development of any digitally controlled power electronic converter.



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