RE: A DSP based on on-line UPS
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A DSP based On-Line UPS
Many facilities such as patient health care centers, data processing systems, critical telecommunication links, LAN servers, offices etc rely on uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to maintain a continuous supply of power in case of line outage. In addition to requiring continuous power, many critical nonlinear loads are sensitive to the incoming line transients and input harmonic voltage distortion. Conventional UPS systems operate to protect against such disturbances using complex filtering schemes, often employing large passive components. Among the various UPS systems online UPS provides maximum protection to such loads against any power problems. Because of multiple power conversion stages, online UPSs have been the most complex and expensive type of systems. Today’s low cost, high performance Digital Signal Processors(DSPs) provide an improved and cost- effective solution for online UPS design, making them software controllable, adding some facilities like remote configuration and monitoring and other network management facilities. Here I’m going to presents the basic design and merits of using real time digital signal processing (DSP) control of UPS systems.
Un-interruptible power supplies (UPS) play an important role in interfacing critical loads such as computers, tele-communication links,data-processing systems, life supporting systems and industrial controls,e.t.c to the power grid .Among the various UPS topologies, on –line UPSs provides maximum protection to such loads against any utility power problem, as it protects against power blackout.However,because of multiple power conversion stages, on-line UPSs have been most complex and expensive type of systems.
Today’s low cost, high performance Digital Signal Processors (DSPs) provide an improved and cost- effective solution for online UPS design.
Typical On-Line UPS:
A typical UPS consists of a rectifier supplied battery bank & a static inverter-filter system to convert a dc voltage to a sinusoidal ac output. Modern UPS systems minimize the harmonic content of the inverter output voltage through the use of complex filtering schemes employing large passive components.
Need for Pulse Width Modulation:
PWM is nothing but the control of UPS inverter switching, under feedback control to realize the desired output waveform and also to minimize the harmonic content of the output voltage. Pulses are generated whenever a carrier signal & modulating signal crosses eachother.These pulses are given to thyristors and pulsating output is generated. Depending on the number of output pulses generated, switching frequency of inverter is determined. Width of the pulses is proportional to magnitude of the output sine wave and if the number of pulses per half cycle is more, lower order harmonics will be eliminated.
General PWM techniques for UPS:
1. Using Analog devices:
Analog PWM uses natural sampling technique, which compares a sinusoidal modulating wave form with a triangular wave (from a time-base generator) to generate pulses.
2. Using Microprocessors:
A digital PWM signal generator is interfaced with a microprocessor. It calculates the pulse width at every sampling instant. According to this calculated width, the pulse generator generates the pulses with a constant switching frequency.
Then, Why DSP?
Most of the Microprocessor –aided UPS systems continue to depend on the analog op-amp controls and they lack speed required for high frequency inverter control.
Therefore, harmonics are not eliminated in the output wave form, insisting on the large output LC-filter circuit.
With the availability of low cost- high performance DSP chips characterised by the execution of most instructions in one instruction cycle, complicated control algorithms can be executed with speed, making very high sampling rate possible for digitally controlled inverters. High speed DSPs are now capable of executing over 30 million instructions per second (MIPS)
More reasons for using DSPs:
• No analog circuitry. Thus no offsets( i.e. installation & maintenance cost saved)
• High speed DSP control allows for real time harmonic cancellation.
• Flexible configuration for many power sizes.
• Sophisticated switching algorithm saving overall system costs.
• Features may be upgraded in the same hardware, to fulfill different incoming needs.
DSP control of UPS systems:
Most electronic loads served by UPS systems are non-linear and thus generate harmonic currents that must be filtered at the inverter output to reduce the distortion to acceptable levels. The DSP controlled UPS systems employs software controlled harmonic conditioners with the ability to dynamically adopt to changing load conditions for compensating load harmonics without manual intervention.
The functional block diagram is as shown below:
Thus, the application of advanced signal processing using a DSP operates to provide sinusoidal load voltages even under varying load situations, while eliminating the need of large passive filters.