Tutorial Session

Tutorial 02 - Advanced Modulation for Reliability-optimized Power Electronics Control

Tutorial 02 - Advanced Modulation for Reliability-optimized Power Electronics Control


Giampaolo Buticchi, University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China


Power Electronics has rapidly become the enabler for the energy transition and for the technology advancement in industrial automation, transportation and appliances.

As reliability becomes an increasingly important target, especially for applications which require low maintenance to be profitable, the advancement of the control system has made advanced control for an increasing size of the power electronics system possible.

This tutorial outlines the possibilities offered by advanced control systems, in particular of the modulation techniques, in a reliability-oriented power electronics framework. The basic concepts of reliability in power electronics and on the control of the reliability will be discussed. Particular attention will be given to the adaptive carrier phase shift modulation techniques, since they constitute a general tool that can be used to perform different kinds of optimization. Some examples include the power quality improvement of cascaded H-bridge converters operating with unbalanced power among the cells, the reduction of the capacitor current stress in interleaved dc-dc converters and the reduction of common-mode current through the electric machine bearing in an electrical drive application.


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Bio of the organizers

Giampaolo Buticchi (S'10-M'13-SM'17) received the Master degree in Electronic Engineering in 2009 and the Ph.D degree in Information Technologies in 2013 from the University of Parma, Italy. In 2012 he was visiting researcher at The University of Nottingham, UK. Between 2014 and 2017, he was a post-doctoral researcher and Guest Professor at the University of Kiel, Germany. During his stay in Germany, he was awarded with the Von Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellowship to carry out research related to fault tolerant topologies of smart transformers.

He was appointed Associate Professor in 2017 at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China and the Head of Power Electronics of the Nottingham Electrification Center. He was promoted Professor in 2020. His research focuses on power electronics for renewable energy systems, smart transformer fed micro-grids and dc grids for the More Electric Aircraft.

He is author/co-author of more than 250 scientific papers and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification and the IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society.

Dr. Buticchi is involved in the major international organizations (IEEE, IET, RAeS, HEA) and he has been organizing tutorials and special sessions in the relevant conferences and journals related to Power Electronics. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Technical Committee on Renewable Energy Systems and Cluster Delegate