The interest here is in using a single DC power source to construct a 3-phase 5-level cascade multilevel inverter to be used as a drive for a PM traction motor. The 5-level inverter consists of a standard 3-leg inverter (one leg for each phase) and an H-bridge in series with each inverter leg, which use a capacitor as a DC source. It is shown that one can simultaneously maintain the regulation of the capacitor voltage while achieving an output voltage waveform which is 25% higher than that obtained using a standard 3-leg inverter by itself.
This document was originally published by IEEE in Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, APEC 2007. Copyright restrictions may apply. DOI: 10.1109/APEX.2007.357716
Chiasson, John N.; Ozpineci, Burak; and Tolbert, Leon M.. (2007). "A Five-Level Three-Phase Hybrid Cascade Multilevel Inverter Using a Single DC Source for a PM Synchronous Motor Drive". Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference, APEC 2007, 1504-1507. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/APEX.2007.357716