Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Robert W. Erickson

Second Advisor

Dragon Maksimovic

Third Advisor

Roger Bell


Dual active bridge (DAB) converters can achieve high efficiencies due to their ability to operate with soft switching. The efficiency of DAB is the highest when its conversion ratio is close to the transformer turns ratio as the inductor current is trapezoidal at this operating point and hence the magnitude of rms currents in the circuit are lower which reduces the losses. Hence, with proper design the dual active bridge can operate with trapezoidal inductor current waveform and zero voltage switching (ZVS) of all its switching devices which will lead to high efficiencies of the DAB. The objective of this thesis is to develop a loss model for optimization of the DAB and to validate it using experimental results.

In this thesis, the steady state solution of a 1:1 DAB is determined using State plane analysis and a loss model is developed. The loss model is used to determine an optimal design for a 2 kW DAB using MATLAB and the 2 kW DAB is built. The experimental results are compared with the theoretical results to prove that the developed loss model is accurate.

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