Morgan Chopper – Circuit Diagram, Working & Advantages

The Morgan chopper is a single SCR chopper that employs class B commutation or current commutation or resonant pulse commutation. The Morgan chopper uses a saturable reactor that will saturate for a low value of exciting current after which it offers very low or negligible inductance. The saturation polarity of the saturable reactor depends upon the direction of the exciting current i.e., either it can be in positive saturation or in negative saturation.

Circuit Diagram of Morgan Chopper :

The figure below shows the power circuit of the Morgan chopper in which T1 is the main thyristor, and the elements, capacitor (C), saturable reactor (SR), and diode (D) form the commutating circuit of the chopper.

Morgan Chopper

Working of Morgan Chopper :

The operation of the morgan chopper can be understood by three different modes.

Mode-0 :

When the main SCR, T1 is OFF, capacitor C will charge to the supply voltage Vdc and the saturable reactor is placed in the positive saturation condition. The capacitor charging path will Vdc+ → C → SR → L → Load → Vdc as shown below.

Morgan Chopper

Mode-1 :

Once the thyristor, T1 is triggered it will be turned ON. Now the capacitor voltage appears across the saturable reactor through T1 due to which the core flux direction in the saturable reactor changes from positive saturation to negative saturation. As soon as the saturable reactor changes completely from positive saturation to negative saturation, the capacitor C starts discharging through the path C+ → T1 → SR → C as shown below.

Morgan Chopper

This forms a resonating circuit with a discharge time of π √LsC seconds, where Ls is the post saturation inductance of SR. Due to a small discharging time, the polarities of the capacitor will be reversed very quickly i.e., it is negatively charged with the right plat as positive polarity and the left as negative polarity.

Due to the reversal of capacitor polarities, a reverse capacitor voltage, -Vdc is applied across the saturable reactor. This results in the change of core flux direction in the saturable reactor from negative saturation towards positive saturation.

Mode-2 :

As soon as the core flux in the saturable reactor is driven into positive saturation from negative saturation, the capacitor starts discharging through the path C+ → SR → T1 → C. Due to this, a reverse current is applied to the thyristor, T1. When the discharge current exceeds the forward current of T1, it is turned OFF and then the discharge current starts flowing through the diode D as shown below.

Morgan Chopper

As soon as the T1 is turned OFF, the load voltage falls to zero. But as the load inductor L opposes the sudden changes in the current, it starts releasing the energy stored by inducing an emf of reverse polarity. Hence the load current Io flows through the freewheeling diode Df.

In the whole operation, the load current from the source is given through T1. But once T1 is turned OFF the current due to inductive load begins to flow through Df and this state is continued until T1 is triggered again. The below shows the associated current and voltage waveform in which T1 is triggered at instant t1 and turned OFF at t2, from t2 to t3 freewheeling diode will conduct.

Morgan Chopper

Key Points of Morgan Chopper :

  • The time required to saturate the core is constant.
  • The conduction period of thyristor T1 is fixed and it depends on C and Ls (post saturation inductance).
  • The duration of the T1 conduction period is determined by the time required by SR to change from positive saturation to negative saturation and vice versa.
  • The turn ON time of T1 is always constant due to the constant time of core saturation and it depends on π √Ls C.
  • The average output voltage can be altered by changing output frequency.

Advantages of Morgan Chopper :

  • The Morgan chopper requires only one thyristor.
  • The cost of the circuit is low compared to Jones chopper.
  • It provides better performance at low chopper frequencies.
  • It uses only one commutating inductance.

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