PFC Converter and Controller

Active power factor correction (PFC) is used extensively in AC-DC converters since it allows the converter to meet harmonic standards without the need for a bulky and costly input filter that normally accompanies a passive AC-DC converter. In this application example, a single phase boost-type 600 W PFC converter is modeled in PLECS.

DFIG Wind Turbine System

The doubly-fed induction generator (DFIG) system is a popular system in which the power electronic interface controls the rotor currents to achieve the variable speed necessary for maximum energy capture in variable winds. Because the power electronics only process the rotor power, typically less than 25% of the overall output power, the DFIG offers the advantages of speed control with reduced cost and power losses. This PLECS demo model demonstrates a grid-connected wind turbine system using all of PLECS' physical modeling domains. The system model includes a mechanical model of the blades, hub, and shaft, a back-to-back converter including thermal loss calculations, a magnetic model of the three-phase transformer, and the transmission line and grid.