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Dr. Mehdi Narimani

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Associate Member

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Expertise:
Power Electronics ; High-Power Conversion ; Medium-Voltage Motor Drives ; Application of Power Electronics in Power Systems ; Modeling and Control of Power Electronic Converters ; Renewable Energy Systems
Areas of Specialization:
Research Clusters:
Email:
Office:
ITB-A320
Phone:
+1 905.525.9140 x 27845
Lab:
ITB-AB101; ITB-AB107

Overview

Power electronics is the application of semiconductor devices for control and conversion of one form of electrical energy to another. Thus, power converters play a key role in power systems and can be found in a wide range of applications, including but not limited to, renewable energy integration, power transmission, microgrids, motor drives, electric vehicles, wireless charges, and medical devices. Therefore, any improvements in the features of the existing power converters can have a broad impact on our daily lives. My research mainly focuses on the development of novel power converter topologies, modeling and control aspects of power converters, and the application of power electronics in power systems.

Education

B.Sc. (Isfahan University of Technology, Iran) ; M.Sc.(Isfahan University of Technology, Iran) ; Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, Canada)

Biography

Dr. Mehdi Narimani is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. Prior joining McMaster University, he was a Power Electronics Engineer at Rockwell Automation Canada. He is a senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). His current research interests include power conversion, high–power converters, modeling and control of power electronics in power systems, and renewable energy systems. Dr. Narimani has authored/co-authored more than 55 peer reviewed journal and conference proceeding papers, co-authored a Wiley-IEEE Press book entitled "High-Power Converters and AC Drives", and holds more than 4 issued US/European patents.

Publications

Selected

M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari (2014)

A New Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter for Medium-Voltage (MV) Power Conversion

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 6375-6382

M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari (2015)

A Novel and Simple Single-phase Modulator for the Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 4069-4078

V. Yaramasu, B. Wu, P. C. Sen, S. Kouro, M. Narimani (2015)

High-Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems: State-of-the-Art and Emerging Technologies

Proceeding of IEEE, vol. 103, no. 5, pp. 740-788

M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos (2013)

A Novel Single-Stage Multilevel Type Full-Bridge Converter

IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 31-42

M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos (2013)

A New DC-DC Converter with Wide-Range Zero Voltage Switching and Reduced Circulating Current

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 1265-1273

M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos (2013)

A New Single-Phase Single-Stage Three-Level Power Factor Correction AC-DC Converter

IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 2888-2899

Recent

Book

Bin Wu and  Mehdi Narimani, “High-Power Converters and AC Drives”, Second Edition, (451 pages) Wiley- IEEE Press.

Patents

[1]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “Improved Multilevel Voltage Source Converters and Systems”, US Patent 20,140,376,287 A1, Dec. 25, 2014.

[2]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “Multilevel Converter Systems and Methods with Reduced Common Mode Voltage”, European Patent Application #15150396.8-1809 filed on January 2015.

[3]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “Multilevel Voltage Source Converters and Systems”, European Patent Application #14167709.6-1809 filed on July 2014.

[4]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “Control Techniques for Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter”,US Patent 20,150,200,602, July16, 2015.

Journal Publications

Published / In Press:

[1]           L. Tan, B. Wu, D. Xu, V. Sood, M. Narimani, Z. Cheng, and N. Zargari “A Simplified Space Vector Modulation for Four-Level Nested Neutral-Point Clamped Inverters with Complete Control of Flying-Capacitor Voltages”, Accepted in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2017.

[2]           X. Guo, X. Wang, R. He, and M. Narimani, “Modeling and Modulation of NNPC Four-level Inverter for Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant”, Multiscale Modeling of Photovoltaic Devices, 2017.

[3]           L. Tan, B. Wu, M. Narimani, X. Xu, J. Liu, Z. Cheng, and N. Zargari “A Space Virtual-Vector Modulation (SVVM) with Voltage Balance Control (VBC) for Nested Neutral-Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter Under Low Output Frequency Conditions”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics , vol. 32, no. 5, pp. 3458-3466, 2017.

[4]           X. Guo, R. He and M. Narimani “Modeling and Analysis of New Multilevel Inverter for Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant”, International Journal of Photoenergy, 2016.

[5]           M. Narimani, B. Wu, and  N. Zargari, “Novel Voltage Source Converter for 10 kV Class Motor Drives”, Journal of Power Electronics, vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 1725-1734, 2016.

[6]           M. Narimani, B. Wu, and N. Zargari, “A Novel Five-Level Voltage Source Inverter with Sinusoidal Pulse Width Modulator for Medium-Voltage Applications”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 1959-1967, 2016.

[7]           K. Tian, B. Wu, M. Narimani, D. Xu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A Capacitor Voltage Balancing Method for Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Inverter”,IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 31, no. 3, pp. 2133-2139, 2016.

[8]           M. Narimani, B. Wu, V. Yaramasu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “Finite Control-Set Model Predictive Control (FCS-MPC) of Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 30, no. 12, pp. 7262-7269, 2015.

[9]          V. Yaramasu, B. Wu, M. Rivera , M. Narimani, S. Kouro, and J. Rodriguez “Generalized Approach for Predictive Control with Common-Mode Voltage Mitigation in Multilevel Diode-Clamped Converters”,Journal of IET Power Electronics, vol. 8, no. 8, pp. 1440-1450, 2015.

[10]        M. Rivera , V. Yaramasu , M. Narimani, B. Wu, and J. Rodriguez “High Performance Operation for a Four-Leg NPC Inverter with Two-Step Predictive Control Strategy”,Journal of Electric Power Systems Research ,vol. 123, pp. 31-39, 2015.

[11]       V. Yaramasu, B. Wu, P. C. Sen, S. Kouro, M. Narimani, “High-Power Wind Energy Conversion Systems: State-of-the-Art and Emerging Technologies”,Proceeding of IEEE, vol. 103, no. 5, pp. 740-788, 2015.

[12]        M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A Novel and Simple Single-phase Modulator for the Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter”,IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 30, no. 8, pp. 4069-4078, 2015.

[13]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Converter with Flying Capacitor”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 30, no. 7, pp. 3695-3702, 2015.

[14]        V. Yaramasu , M. Rivera, , M. Narimani, B. Wu, and J. Rodriguez “Finite States Model Predictive Current Control with Two Step Horizon of Four-leg NPC Converters”,Journal of Power Electronics,vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 1178-1188, 2014.

[15]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “An AC-DC Single-Stage Full-Bridge Converter with Improved Output Characteristics," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 27-32, 2015.

[16]        M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A New Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter for Medium-Voltage (MV) Power Conversion”,IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, no. 12, pp. 6375-6382, 2014.

[17]        V. Yaramasu, M. Rivera, , M. Narimani, J. Rodriguez, and B. Wu “Model Predictive Approach for a Simple and Effective Load Voltage Control of Four-Leg Inverter with Output LC Filter”,IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 5259-5270, 2014.

[18]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “An Investigation on the Novel Use of High Power Three-Level Converter Topologies to Improve Light-Load Efficiency in Low Power DC/DC Full-Bridge Converter," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 61, no. 10, pp. 5690-5692, 2014.

[19]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Improved Method for Paralleling Reduced Switch Voltage Source Inverter Modules: Harmonic Content and Circulating Current”,IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 3308-3317, 2014.

[20]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Three-Phase Multi-Module VSIs Using SHE-PWM with Reduced Zero-Sequence Circulating Current”,IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 61, no. 4, pp. 1659-1668, 2014.

[21]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A Three-Level Integrated AC-DC Converter”, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 1813-1820, 2014.

[22]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Converter”,IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 61, no. 2, pp. 648-654, 2014.

[23]        M. J. Baei, M. Narimani, and G. Moschopoulos, “A New ZVS-PWM Full-Bridge Boost Converter”, Journal of Power Electronics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 237-248, 2014.

[24]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Single-Phase Single-Stage Three-Level Power Factor Correction AC-DC Converter with Phase-Shift Modulation”,IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 60, no. 9, pp. 3731-3735, 2013.

[25]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A Novel Single-Stage Multilevel Type Full-Bridge Converter,” IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 31-42, 2013.

[26]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New DC-DC Converter with Wide-Range Zero Voltage Switching and Reduced Circulating Current”,IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 1265-1273, 2013.

[27]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Single-Phase Single-Stage Three-Level Power Factor Correction AC-DC Converter," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 2888-2899, 2012.

Recent Conference Publications

[1]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, and N. Zargari, “A New Five-Level Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Voltage Source Converter”, Accepted  IEEE APEC Conf., 2017.

[2]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, and N. Zargari, “A Novel Seven-Level Voltage Source Converter for Medium-Voltage (MV) Applications”,IEEE ECCE Conf. Sep. 2015, pp. 4277-4282.

[3]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A New H-Bridge NNPC Converter for 10kV Class Motor Drives”,IEEE IECON Conf. Oct. 2014, pp.1067-1071.

[4]          K. Tian, B. Wu, M. Narimani, D. Xu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A Space Vector Modulation Method for Common-Mode Voltage Reduction in Nested Neutral Point Clamped Inverter”,IEEE IECON Conf. Oct.2014, pp. 4541-4547.

[5]          M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of an Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC Converter with Flying Capacitor,” IEEE INTELEC Conf., Sep. 2014, pp.1-7.

[6]          M. Narimani, V. Yaramasu, B. Wu, G. Cheng, N. Zargari, “Model Predictive Control of Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter”,IEEE ECCE Conf.Sep. 2014, pp.1174-1179.

[7]          K. Tian, B. Wu, M. Narimani, D. Xu, G. Cheng, and N. Zargari, “A Simple Capacitor Voltage Balancing Method for Nested Neutral Point Clamped Inverter”,IEEE ECCE Conf. Sep. 2014, pp. 2133-2139.

[8]          M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, N. Zargari, “A Novel Five-Level Three-Phase PWM Inverter for Medium-Voltage (MV) Applications”, IEEE EPE Conf., Aug. 2014, pp. 1-7.

[9]          M. Narimani, V. Yaramasu, B. Wu, G. Cheng, N. Zargari, “A New Simplified Approach for Capacitor Voltage Balancing of Flying CapacitorMultilevel Converters using Space Vector Modulation”,IEEE EPE Conf., Aug. 2014, pp. 1-9.

[10]       M. Narimani, B. Wu, G. Cheng, N. Zargari, “A New Nested Neutral Point Clamped (NNPC) Converter for Medium-Voltage (MV) Power Conversion”,IEEE APEC Conf., March 2014, pp. 2372-2377.

[11]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Converter with Flying Capacitor,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2014, pp. 894-899.

[12]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Voltage-Balancing Method for Split-Capacitor Inverters Using Split-Output Front-End Rectifiers in AC-DC-AC Applications,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2014, pp. 315-320.

[13]       M. Narimani, V. Yaramasu, , B. Wu, N. Zargari, G. Moschopoulos, G. Cheng, “A Simple Method for Capacitor Voltages Balancing of Diode-Clamped Multilevel Converters Using Space Vector Modulation”,IEEE IECON Conf., Nov. 2013, pp. 310-315.

[14]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of a New Three-Level PFC AC-DC Converter,” IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep., 2013, pp.4808-4813.

[15]       M. Narimani, G. Moschopoulosand D.  Wijeratne“A Comparative Study of Three-Level DC-DC Converters,” IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep., 2013, 3971-3976.

[16]       D.  Wijeratne,G. Moschopoulos and M. Narimani“Analysis and Design of a Three-Phase Buck-BoostQuasi-Resonant Reduced Switch Rectifier,” IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep., 2013, 2000-2007.

[17]       J. Shah, M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Solar Power Plant Installation and Integration: Case Study for Oshawa Power and utilities Corporation,” IEEE CCECE Conf., May, 2013,pp.1-4.

[18]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of an Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Converter,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2013, pp. 1005-1012.

[19]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A Method to Reduce Zero-Sequence Circulating Current in Three-Phase Multi-Module VSIs with Reduced Switch Count,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2013, pp. 496-501.

[20]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Single-Phase Single-Stage Multilevel PFC AC-DC Converter with Flying Capacitor,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2013, pp. 1833-1837.

[21]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Interleaved Three-Phase Single-Stage PFC AC-DC Converter,” IEEE IECON Conf., Oct. 25-28, 2012, pp.92-97.

[22]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A Three-Level Integrated AC-DC Converter”, IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep., 2012, pp. 2895-2900.

[23]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Three-Phase Multi-Module VSIs Using SHE-PWM with Reduced Zero-Sequence Circulating Current,” IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep., 2012, pp. 2859-2865.

[24]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of a Single-Stage Three-Level PFC AC-DC- Converter,”IEEE APEC Conf., Feb. 2012, pp. 1134-1141.

[25]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of a New Multilevel-Based Dual-Type DC/DC Converter for Switch-Mode Power Supplies,”in IEEE APEC Conf., Feb. 2012, pp. 2319-2325.

[26]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos, “Selective Harmonic Elimination in Three-Phase Multi-Module Voltage-Source Inverters,” IEEE APEC Conf., Feb. 2012, pp. 1562-1567.

[27]       M. Narimani, G. Moschopoulos “Analysis and Design of a Novel Three-Phase Single-Stage Rectifier,” IEEE INTELEC Conf. Oct. 2011, pp.1-7.

[28]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New DC-DC Converter with Wide-Range ZVS and Zero Circulating Current,” IEEE ECCE Conf., Sep. 2011, pp. 2209-2214.

[29]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “Modeling and Control of a Single-Stage Three-Level Power Factor Correction AC-DC Converter,”IEEE CCECE Conf., May 2011, pp. 583-586.

[30]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Single-Phase Single-Stage Three-Level Power Factor Correction AC-DC Converter,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2011, pp. 48-55.

[31]       M. Narimani and G. Moschopoulos “A New Three-Phase Single-Stage Rectifier with Improved Input and Output Characteristics,” IEEE APEC Conf., March 2011, pp. 535-541.

[32]       M. Narimani and R. K. Varma, “Application of Static Var Compensator (SVC) with fuzzy controller for grid integration of wind farms,” IEEE CCECE10 Conf., May 2010, pp.1-6.

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Achievements

Best Paper Award, Journal of Power Electronics (2017)

Dean's Teaching Honour Roll, McMaster University (2017)

Professional Engineer, PEO
Senior Member of IEEE (Since 2015)
IEEE Hamilton Power Chapter Chair, (2017)
MITCAS Accelerate Award, Rockwell Automation Canada and Ryerson University (2015)
Best Paper presentation award, IEEE Power Electronics Society, APEC 2014
NSERC and Rockwell Automation Industry Post-Doc Scholarship, (2012– 2014)