Minimize Reactive Power Losses of Dual Active Bridge Converters using Unified Dual Phase Shift Control

  • Wen, Huiqing (Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Eng., Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi'an Jiaotong University) ;
  • Su, Bin (Hangzhou Electric Power Bureau, State Grid Corporation of China)
  • Received : 2015.12.10
  • Accepted : 2016.10.11
  • Published : 2017.03.01


This paper proposed an unified dual-phase-shift (UDPS) control for dual active bridge (DAB) converters in order to improve efficiency for a wide output power range. Different operating modes of UDPS are characterized with respect to the reactive current distribution. The proposed UDPS has the same output power capability with conventional phase-shift (CPS) method. Furthermore, its implementation is simple since only the change of the leading phase-shift direction is required for different operating power range. The proposed UDPS control can minimize both the inductor rms current and the circulating reactive current for various voltage conversion ratios and load conditions. The optimal phase-shift pairs for two bridges of DAB converter are derived with respect to the comprehensive reactive power loss model, including the reactive components delivered from the load and back to the source. Simulation and experimental results are illustrated and explained with details. The effectiveness of the proposed method is verified in terms of reactive power losses minimization and efficiency improvement.


DC-DC converter;Phase shift control;Reactive power loss;Power characterization


Supported by : National Nature Science Foundation of China


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