A Single-Phase Buck-Boost Matrix Converter with Only Six Switches and Without Commutation Problem

A Single-Phase Buck-Boost Matrix Converter with Only Six Switches and Without Commutation Problem


In this paper, a single-phase buck-boost matrix converter is proposed which can both buck and boost the input voltage with step-changed frequency. It consists of only six unidirectional current flowing bidirectional voltage blocking switches, two input and output filter capacitors, and one inductor. It has following advantages over the existing single-phase matrix converters: 1) it can both buck and boost input voltage solving the limited voltage transfer ratio (only boost or buck) problem; 2) it also has enhanced reliability as it is immune from shoot-through problem of voltage source when all switches are turned-on simultaneously, and therefore, it has no need of PWM dead times and RC snubbers or dedicated soft-commutation strategies to solve the commutation problem; 3) it can also use high speed power MOSFETs as their body diodes never conduct, which eliminate their poor reverse recovery problem. The operation principle of the proposed converter is given, and switching strategies are developed to obtain various multiples and submultiples of input frequency. To verify its performance, a laboratory prototype is fabricated and experiments are performed to produce step-down and step-up voltage with three different frequencies of 120, 60 and 30 Hz.


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