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This paper presents a study and analysis of the distorting effects of clamped diodes in multilevel DCI-NPC topology applied to high power and high quality audio-amplifier. The main distorting sources of error are characterized, which are due to the clamped-diodes non-idealities; and they are evaluated for typical commercial diodes values and working conditions. Through this study the distorting contribution of each non-ideality can be quantified, and the influence of the system operating parameters, such as reactive current angle and modulation index, are highlighted. Finally, it is presented the table of optimal parameters that a commercial diode should have to ensure proper operation of the amplifier under rated power and quality specification.
CitationSala, V. [et al.]. Clamping diode caused distortion in multilevel NPC Full-Bridge audio power amplifiers. A: IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics. "IEEE Industrial Electronics Conference (IECON’12), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 25-28 Oct. 2012.". Montreal, Quebec: 2012, p. 4941-4948.
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