Browse Publications Technical Papers 2005-01-3451
2005-09-07

Constant Power Load Characteristics in Multi-Converter Automotive Power Electronic Intensive Systems 2005-01-3451

Intensifying demands for higher fuel economy from one hand and environmental concerns from the other are driving advanced automotive power systems to be more electric. As a result, automotive electrical systems with higher capacity and more complexity are needed to cope with this expanding electrification trend. As different electrical applications and loads are being introduced in automobiles, multi-converter intensive power electronic systems are emerging as the next generation of the advanced automotive electrical systems. In fact, power electronic converters and electric motor drives are inevitable parts of more electric automotive power systems. When power electronic converters and electric motor drives are tightly regulated to improve system performance and efficiency, they present negative impedance characteristics of constant power loads to the entire automotive electrical system. This destabilizing effect may cause system instability. In view of this emerging challenge, this paper aims at presenting a comprehensive review of the possible solutions and projected future research and development work to address constant power load characteristics in advanced automotive electrical systems.

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