Ingeniería, investigación y tecnología
versión impresa ISSN 1405-7743
REYES-TRUJILLO, E.; RODRIGUEZ-RIVAS, J.J. y ROBLES-GARCIA, J.. Improving Industrial Energy Quality by an Active Current Filter. Ing. invest. y tecnol. [online]. 2010, vol.11, n.4, pp. 389-402. ISSN 1405-7743.
The growing number of non-linear loads on industrial applications has produced an important impact on the quality of electric power supply due to the increasing of the voltage and current harmonic distortion, and low power factor. In order to solve this, arrangements of capacitors and reactors, known as passive filters have been used. However these filters may produce resonance problems with network impedance, over compensation of reactive power at fundamental frequency, and poor flexibility for dynamic compensation of different frequency harmonic components. As a solution to the problems mentioned above, the active filters have been developed, whose features can be adapted in a dynamic and adjustable way on the requirements of the system to compensate. This paper presents the modelling and simulation results of an active current filter, used to reduce the harmonic distortion and to improve the power factor in an electric industrial system. A six-pulse diode converter has been used as non-linear passive load. During the analysis, it was observed that the total current harmonic distortion (THD) was reduced from 16.47% to 0.46%, and the power factor in the distribution bus has improved from 0.5 to 0.95.The waveforms of a three-phase thyristor converter with a DC machine as active non-linear load are shown.
Palabras llave : Active current filter; harmonics; power quality.