Doctoral Dissertations


Yu YanFollow

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Hua Bai

Committee Members

Daniel Costinett, Fei Wang, Yunting Liu


Renewable energy adoption is a popular topic to release the stress of climate change caused by greenhouse gas. Electricity is ideal secondary energy for clean primary energy such as nuclear, wind, photovoltaic, and so on. To extend the application of electricity and reduce fossil energy consumption by transportation sectors, electric vehicles (EVs) become promising technology that can further inspire the development of renewable energy.

Battery as the core in an EV provides the energy to the motor and all on-board electric equipment. The battery charger is mainly composed of a power factor correction (PFC) and isolated DC-DC converter. Therefore, power electronics equipment plays an important role in automotive products. Meanwhile, in recent years, the market capacity for wide band-gap devices, SiC MOSFET, continues to increase in EV applications.

Dual active bridge (DAB) is an excellent candidate for isolated DC-DC converter in EV battery charger. The characteristics include an easy control algorithm, galvanic isolation and adjustable voltage gain. Different modulation strategies are developed to improve the performance and stability by using multiple phase shift (MPS) control. This thesis focuses on the utilization of different modulation strategies to realize smooth transition among MPS control in full operational range with securing zero-voltage-switching (ZVS) to eliminate the crosstalk in the hard-switching process. The influence of MPS control on ZVS resonance transient is also addressed to find out the accurate minimum required energy of the inductor to finish the ZVS transition. Furthermore, a general common-mode voltage model for DAB is proposed to analyze the impact of MPS control on the common-mode performance.

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