Thyristor Commutation Techniques Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Introduction

Commutation

Process of turning off a conducting thyristor.

Current Commutation

Voltage Commutation

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Methods of Commutation

Natural Commutation

Forced Commutation

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Natural Commutation

Occurs in AC circuits

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Natural Commutation of Thyristors takes place in

AC voltage controllers.

Phase controlled rectifiers.

Cyclo converters.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Forced Commutation

Applied to dc circuits

Commutation achieved by reverse biasing the SCR or by reducing the SCR current below holding current value.

Commutating elements such as inductance and capacitance are used for commutation purpose.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Methods of Forced Commutation

Self commutation.

Resonant pulse commutation.

Complementary commutation.

Impulse commutation.

External pulse commutation.

Load Commutation.

Line Commutation.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Forced Commutation is applied to

Choppers.

Inverters.

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Self Commutation Or Load Commutation Or Class A Commutation (Commutation By Resonating The Load) Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Circuit is under damped by including suitable values of L & C in series with load.

Oscillating current flows.

SCR is turned off when current is zero.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression for Current

Fig. shows a transformed network

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Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For Voltage Across Capacitor At The Time Of Turn Off Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

Calculate the conduction time of SCR and the peak SCR current that flows in the circuit employing series resonant commutation (self commutation or class A commutation), if the supply voltage is 300 V, C = 1 F, L = 5 mH and R L = 100 . Assume that the circuit is initially relaxed.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

Figure shows a self commutating circuit. The inductance carries an initial current of 200 A and the initial voltage across the capacitor is V, the supply voltage. Determine the conduction time of the SCR and the capacitor voltage at turn off.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

The transformed circuit of the previous figure is shown in figure below Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

In the circuit shown in figure V = 600 volts, initial capacitor voltage is zero, L = 20 H, C=50 F and the current through the inductance at the time of SCR triggering is I O = 350 A. Determine

Peak values of capacitor voltage and current

Conduction time of T 1 .

Problem Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

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Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

To calculate conduction time of T 1

The waveform of capacitor current is shown in figure.

When the capacitor current becomes zero the SCR turns off.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Resonant Pulse Commutation (Class B Commutation) Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Series LC circuit connected across thyristor ‘T’.

Initially ‘C’ is charged to ‘V’ volts with plate ‘a’ as positive.

Current in LC oscillates when SCR is ON.

‘ T’ turns off when capacitor discharges through thyristor in a direction opposite to I L

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For t C , the Circuit Turn Off Time Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

The LC Circuit During The Commutation Period

LC Circuit Transformed Circuit

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Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For Conduction Time Of SCR Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Alternate Circuit For Resonant Pulse Commutation Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Initially C charged with polarity as shown in figure.

T 1 is conducting & I L is constant.

To turn off T 1 , T 2 is fired.

i C (t) flows opposite to I L & T 1 turns off at i C (t) = I L

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For t C Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Resonant Pulse Commutation With Accelerating Diode Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Diode D 2 connected as shown to accelerate discharge.

T 2 turned on to turn off T 1 .

Once T 1 is off at t 1 . i C (t) flows through D 2 until current reduces to I L at time t 2 .

From t = t 2 , ‘C’ charges through load, T 2 self commutates.

But thyristor recovery process low hence longer reverse bias time.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

The circuit in figure shows a resonant pulse commutation circuit. The initial capacitor voltage V C(O) =200V, C = 30 F and L = 3 H. Determine the circuit turn off time t C , if the load current I L is 200 A and 50 A.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

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Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

For the circuit shown in figure calculate the value of L for proper commutation of SCR. Also find the conduction time of SCR .

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

For the circuit shown in figure given that the load current to be commutated is 10 A, turn off time required is 40 sec and the supply voltage is 100 V. Obtain the proper values of commutating elements.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

In a resonant commutation circuit supply voltage is 200 V. Load current is 10 A and the device turn off time is 20 s. The ratio of peak resonant current to load current is 1.5. Determine the value of L and C of the commutation circuit.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Complementary Commutation (Class C Commutation, Parallel Capacitor Commutation) Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Two SCRs are used, turning ON one SCR turns off the other.

T 1 is fired, I L flows through R 1 .

At same time ‘C’ charges towards ‘V’ through R 2 with plate ‘b’ positive.

To turn off T 1 , T 2 is fired resulting in capacitor voltage reverse biasing T 1 and turning it off.

When T 2 is fired current through load shoots up as voltage across load is V+V C

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For Circuit Turn Off Time t C Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

In the circuit shown in figure, the load resistances R 1 = R 2 = R = 5 & the capacitance C = 7.5 F, V = 100 volts. Determine the circuit turn off time t C

Problem Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Calculate the values of R L and C to be used for commutating the main SCR in the circuit shown in figure. When it is conducting a full load current of 25 A flows. The minimum time for which the SCR has to be reverse biased for proper commutation is 40 sec. Also find R 1 , given that the auxiliary SCR will undergo natural commutation when its forward current falls below the holding current value of 2 mA.

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Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

In this circuit only the main SCR carries the load and the auxiliary SCR is used to turn off the main SCR. Once the main SCR turns off the current through the auxiliary SCR is the sum of the capacitor charging current i C and the current i 1 through R 1 , i C reduces to zero after a time t C and hence the auxiliary SCR turns off automatically after a time t C , i 1 should be less than the holding current.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Impulse Commutation (Class D Commutation) Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

‘ C’ charged to a voltage V C (O) with polarity as shown.

T 1 is conducting and carries load current I L .

To turn off T 1 , T 2 is fired.

Capacitor voltage reverse biases T 1 and turns it off.

‘ C’ Charges through load.

T 2 self commutates.

To reverse capacitor voltage T 3 is turned ON.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Expression For Circuit Turn Off Time t C Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

T 1 is turned off by applying a negative voltage across its terminals. Hence this is voltage commutation.

t C depends on load current. For higher load currents t C is small. This is a disadvantage of this circuit.

When T 2 is fired, voltage across the load is V+V C ; hence the current through load shoots up and then decays as the capacitor starts charging.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

An Alternative Circuit For Impulse Commutation Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Initially ‘C’ is charged to V C with top plate positive.

T 1 is fired, load current I L flows.

‘ C’ discharges at the same time & reverses its polarity.

‘ D’ ensures bottom plate remains positive.

To turn off T 1 , T 2 is fired.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

An impulse commutated thyristor circuit is shown in figure. Determine the available turn off time of the circuit if V = 100 V, R = 10 and C = 10 F. Voltage across capacitor before T 2 is fired is V volts with polarity as shown.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

When T 2 is triggered the circuit is as shown in figure Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Writing the transform circuit, we obtain Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

The waveform of v C (t) is shown in figure Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Problem

In the commutation circuit shown in figure C = 20 F, the input voltage V varies between 180 and 220 V and the load current varies between 50 and 200 A. Determine the minimum and maximum values of available turn off time t C .

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

External Pulse Commutation (Class E Commutation) Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

T 1 is conducting & R L is connected across supply.

T 3 is fired & ‘C’ is charged to 2V AUX with upper plate positive.

T 3 is self commutated.

To turn off T 1 , T 2 is fired.

T 2 ON results in a reverse voltage V S – 2V AUX appearing across T 1.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Load Side Commutation

In load side commutation the discharging and recharging of capacitor takes place through the load. Hence to test the commutation circuit the load has to be connected. Examples of load side commutation are Resonant Pulse Commutation and Impulse Commutation.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Line Side Commutation

In this type of commutation the discharging and recharging of capacitor takes place through the supply.

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

Thyristor T 2 is fired to charge the capacitor ‘C’. When ‘C’ charges to a voltage of 2V, T 2 is self commutated. To reverse the voltage of capacitor to -2V, thyristor T 3 is fired and T 3 commutates by itself. Assuming that T 1 is conducting and carries a load current I L thyristor T 2 is fired to turn off T 1 .

Prof. T.K. Anantha Kumar, E&E Dept., MSRIT

The turning ON of T 2 will result in forward biasing the diode (FWD) and applying a reverse voltage of 2V acrossT 1 . This turns off T 1 , thus the discharging and recharging of capacitor is done through the supply and the commutation circuit can be tested without load.

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