DESIGN, SIMULATION & IMPLEMENTATION OF SINGLE PHASE ACTIVE POWER FACTOR PRE-REGULATOR
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ABSTRACT

The objective of active power factor correction is to make the input to a power supply look like a simple resistor. An active power factor corrector does this by programming the input current in response to the input voltage. As long as the ratio between the voltage and current is a constant the input will be resistive and the power factor will be unity. When the ratio deviates from a constant, the input will contain phase displacement, harmonic distortion or both and either one will degrade the power factor. The most common definition of power factor is the ratio of real power to apparent power.
A boost regulator is an excellent choice for the power stage of an active power factor corrector, because the input current is continuous and this produces the lowest level of conducted noise and the best-input current waveform. The boost regulator input current must be forced or programmed to be proportional to the input voltage waveform for power factor correction. Feedback is necessary to control the input current and either peak current mode control or average current mode control may be used. Both techniques may be implemented with the UC3854.

Introduction:
Most switching power supplies operate from a 50 or 60 Hertz AC line with a capacitive input filter, as shown in Figure 1. This type of filter draws current from the line only when the line voltage exceeds the filter capacitor voltage, and the filter capacitor is charged to near the peak level of the input line voltage as shown in Figure2. This means that the input current only flows for a short period near the peak of the input voltage waveform, causing the current to flow as a series of short, narrow pulses rather that the smooth, sinusoidal current that would result from a resistive load.

How does PFC work?
The goal of power factor correction is to make input current look like input voltage on a moment by-moment basis, the same as it would with a resistive load. Figure3. shows line voltage and line current with and without power factor correction.

Power Factor Correction Techniques:
In recent years, single-phase switch-mode ac-to-dc power converters have been increasingly used in the industrial, commercial, residential, aerospace, and military environment due to the advantage of high efficiency and smaller size and weight. However, the proliferation of the power converters draw pulsating input currents from the utility line, this not only results in poor power factor of the converters but also injects a significant amount of harmonic current into the utility.
The power factor correction methods are classified as: (a) Passive power factor correction techniques and (b) Active power factor correction techniques.

Passive Power Factor Correction Technique:
In this method an L-C filter is inserted between the AC mains line and the input port of the diode rectifier of ac-to-dc converter. This technique is simple and rugged but has bulky size and heavy weight and power factor cannot be very high.

Active Power Factor Correction Technique:
In this method, power electronics techniques are used to shape the input current drawn by the ac-to-dc converter in to a sinusoidal waveform and in phase with the input voltage. Thus, the power factor can reach almost unity and the ac to dc interface of the power converter emulates a pure resistor.

Active Power Factor Correction:
A boost regulator is the most popular choice for the power stage of an active power factor corrector, because the input current is continuous and this produces the lowest level of conducted noise and the best-input waveform. The output voltage must be greater than the highest expected peak input voltage.
Boost regulator input current must be forced or programmed to be proportional to the input voltage waveform for power factor correction. Feedback is necessary to control the input current and either (i) peak current control or (ii) average current mode control may be used. Both techniques may be implemented with the UC3854.

Principle of Average Current Mode Control:
Average current mode control is based on a simple concept. An amplifier is used in the feedback loop around the boost power stage so that input current tracks the programming signal with very little error. This is the advantage of average current mode control and it is what makes active power factor correction possible. Average current mode control is relatively easy to implement.
Basic Scheme of PFP with Average Current Mode Control:
A boost PFP with average current control is shown in Figure 4. The large bandwidth current error amplifier Gi(s) forces the input current, sensed by resistor Rs, to follow as close as possible a suitable sinusoidal reference signal. This latter is generated by multiplying a scaled version of rectified voltage vg by the output of the voltage error amplifier.
Thus, the voltage loop adjusts the current reference amplitude to keep the output voltage constant and equal to VREF.The third input of multiplier M1 is fed by a signal proportional to the line voltage RMS value obtained from vg by using a low-pass filter. This feed forward action helps the system response to line variations: in fact, with constant output power, an increase of the input voltage must correspond to a proportional decrease of the input current, which is provided by the feed forward path without need of voltage loop intervention.

Conclusion:
Single-phase Active Power factor pre-regulator simulation using MATLAB SIMULINK for various input voltages, the input voltage and input current waveforms are plotted.
In converters, the main effort is devoted to the quality of the input current waveform but with the simple single switch topologies like the boost converters, the dynamic response of the output voltage is sacrificed. This is due to the input power fluctuation; the output voltage contains a low frequency ripple at twice the line frequency that affects the input current waveform unless the voltage loop bandwidth is kept below the line frequency (typically 20Hz).
Simulation of single phase Active Power factor Pre regulator for various input voltage are performed using simulink. The simulation results shows that for various input voltage and input current, power factor is nearly unity. The harmonics is reduced to 12%. In future, the harmonics is reduced to 5% such that the quality of input waveform is increased.




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