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Optimized Pulse Patterns (OPPs) are gaining increasing popularity in the power electronics community over the well-studied pulse width modulation due to their inherent ability to provide the switching instances that optimize current harmonic distortions. In particular, the OPP problem minimizes current harmonic distortions under a cardinality constraint on the number of switching instances per fundamental wave period. The OPP problem is, however, non-convex involving both polynomials and trigonometric functions. In the existing literature, the OPP problem is solved using off-the-shelf solvers with local convergence guarantees. To obtain guarantees of global optimality, we employ and extend techniques from polynomial optimization literature and provide a solution with a global convergence guarantee. Specifically, we propose a polynomial approximation to the OPP problem to then utilize well-studied globally convergent convex relaxation hierarchies, namely, semi-definite programming and relative entropy relaxations. The resulting hierarchy is proven to converge to the global optimal solution. Our method exhibits a strong performance for OPP problems up to 50 switching instances per quarter wave. Show more
Book title2021 European Control Conference (ECC)
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SubjectOptimized pulse patterns; polynomial optimization; power conversion; pulse width modulation
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