A Structurally Reconfigurable Resonant Dual-Active-Bridge Converter and Modulation Method to Achieve Full-Range Soft-Switching and Enhanced Light-Load Efficiency

Yiu Pang Chan, K. H. Loo, Muhammad Yaqoob, Y. M. Lai

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This paper proposes a reconfigurable dual-active-bridge (DAB) converter that is capable of switching between two converter structures for enhancing its performances at different output power levels. For 50%-100% load, the converter operates in full-bridge mode and achieves soft-switching in all switches independently of the input-to-output voltage ratio. Below 50% load, the converter is reconfigured to operate in half-bridge mode for reduced circulating current and improved light-load efficiency while maintaining the desired soft-switching characteristic of full-bridge mode. The achievement of soft-switching is aided by the use of a tuned LCL resonant tank, which enables an accurate prediction of the phases of tank currents with respect to tank voltages, and therefore simplifies the realization of soft-switching. The effects of dead time are discussed and expressions for guiding the selection of appropriate dead time for ensuring soft-switching in practical implementation are derived. The proposed converter and the modulation scheme are experimentally verified with a 1.6-kW converter prototype, which demonstrates their merits in comparison with a nonreconfigurable, full-bridge DAB topology and conventional modulation schemes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8424871
Pages (from-to)4195-4207
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2019


  • Dual-active-bridge (DAB) converter
  • immittance network
  • reconfigurability
  • resonant converter
  • soft-switching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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