Short-circuit analytical model for modular multilevel converters considering DC cable capacitance

Vinicius Albernaz Lacerda, Rafael Peña-Alzola, David Campos-Gaona, Renato Machado Monaro, Olimpo Anaya-Lara, Denis Vinicius Coury

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Downloads (Pure)


Developing analytical short-circuit models for Modular Multilevel Converters (MMC) is not straightforward due to their switching and blocking characteristics. Short-circuit models for MMCs have been developed previously in the literature. However, there is a lack of understanding regarding the dynamics in the short-circuit model when the DC cable capacitance is taken into account. Therefore, this work proposes an analytical pole-To-pole short-circuit model for half-bridge MMCs that considers the cable capacitance and terminal capacitors and accounts their contribution to fault dynamics. An approximated analytical model has been derived separating the system solutions in different natural frequencies. The proposed model provides an excellent approximation for a vast range of realistic system parameters. The analytical model reproduced the behaviour of the variables in the time domain and provided a clear basis for interpreting the dynamics of the voltages and currents involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202774-202784
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2020


  • analytical model
  • DC cable capacitance
  • DC-side fault
  • modular multilevel converter (MMC)
  • short-circuit

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Short-circuit analytical model for modular multilevel converters considering DC cable capacitance'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this