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Generic closed-loop controller for power regulation in dual active bridge DC-DC converter with current stress minimization.

Hebala, Osama M.; Aboushady, Ahmed A.; Ahmed, Khaled H.; Abdelsalam, Ibrahim


Osama M. Hebala

Ahmed A. Aboushady

Khaled H. Ahmed

Ibrahim Abdelsalam


This paper presents a comprehensive and generalized analysis of the bidirectional dual active bridge (DAB) DC/DC converter using triple phase shift (TPS) control to enable closed loop power regulation while minimizing current stress. The key new achievements are: a generic analysis in terms of possible conversion ratios/converter voltage gains (i.e. Buck/Boost/Unity), per unit based equations regardless of DAB ratings, and a new simple closed loop controller implementable in real time to meet desired power transfer regulation at minimum current stress. Per unit based analytical expressions are derived for converter AC RMS current as well as power transferred. An offline particle swarm optimization (PSO) tool is used to obtain an extensive set of TPS ratios for minimizing the RMS current in the entire bidirectional power range of -1 to 1 per unit. The extensive set of results achieved from PSO presents a generic data pool which is carefully analyzed to derive simple useful relations. Such relations enabled a generic closed loop controller design that can be implemented in real time avoiding the extensive computational capacity that iterative optimization techniques require. A detailed Simulink DAB switching model is used to validate precision of the proposed closed loop controller under various operating conditions. An experimental prototype also substantiates the results achieved.


HEBALA, O.M., ABOUSHADY, A.A., AHMED, K.H. and ABDELSALAM, I. 2019. Generic closed-loop controller for power regulation in dual active bridge DC-DC converter with current stress minimization. IEEE transactions on industrial electronics [online], 66(6), pages 4468-4478. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 3, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 1, 2018
Publication Date Jun 30, 2019
Deposit Date Aug 20, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 20, 2018
Journal IEEE transactions on industrial electronics
Print ISSN 0278-0046
Electronic ISSN 1557-9948
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 6
Pages 4468-4478
Keywords Current stress; Dual active bridge (DAB); Particle swarm optimisation (PSO); Triple phase shift (TPS)
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