Design and Control for High Efficiency in High Step-Down Dual Active Bridge Converters Operating at High Switching Frequency

D. Costinett
D. Maksimovic
Zane Regan, Utah State University

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A control scheme is developed to maximize efficiency over a wide range of loads for a Dual Active Bridge (DAB) converter. A simple control circuit using only phase-shift modulation is proposed which considers both the converter conversion ratio and switching dead times in order to maintain high efficiency in the presence of varying loads. To demonstrate feasibility of the proposed control method, experimental results are presented for a 150-to-12 V, 120 W, 1 MHz prototype converter which has 97.4% peak efficiency and maintains greater than 90% efficiency over a load range between 20 W and 120 W.