Comparison of PWM Techniques for Back to Back Converters in PSCAD

  • Agustina Hernandez
  • Ruben Tapia
  • Omar Aguilar
  • Abel Garcia
Conference paper


This article presents the simulation and comparison between the space vector pulse width modulation and sinusoidal pulse width modulation techniques for back to back converters with a decoupling control strategy, PSCAD/EMTDC for simulation purpose is used. Also, a study of steady state and transient performance characteristics of the system is carried out for both techniques. The simulation results show that the transient response is similar for both schemes, and the SVPWM technique has the advantage less harmonic content, which it is useful in applications that require a low harmonic level for avoiding overheats and malfunction in sensitive systems.


Back to back Harmonics Power electronics PSCAD simulator PWM technique SPWM technique 



This project has been partially funded by the CONACyT- Mexico grant CB-169062 and by the ECEST-SEP (Espacio Común de Educación Superior Tecnológica) Program under the mobility scheme for students, and was supported by PROMEP: Redes Temáticas de Colaboración under the project titled: Fuentes de Energías Alternas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Agustina Hernandez
    • 1
  • Ruben Tapia
    • 1
  • Omar Aguilar
    • 1
  • Abel Garcia
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringPolytechnic University of TulancingoTulancingoMexico
  2. 2.Department of MechatronicsPolytechnic University of PachucaZempoalaMexico

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