A PV-Inspired Low-Common-Mode Dual-Active-Bridge Converter for Aerospace Applications

Giampaolo Buticchi, Davide Barater, Levy Ferreira Costa, Marco Liserre

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In the framework of the more electric aircraft, the use of isolated dc-dc power conversion for the electrical power distribution system is one of the most investigated solutions. If the dc-dc converter produces a variable common-mode voltage, the leakage current can flow in the interwinding parasitic capacitance of the high-frequency transformer, leading to insulation deterioration and early failure. This paper proposes to use modified H-bridge structures, already employed in the photovoltaic system for dc-ac power converters, to enable a constant common-mode voltage for isolated dc-dc converters. The analysis shows that this solution can achieve the same efficiency as the conventional one, while simulations and experiments show a strong reduction of the common-mode current flowing through the transformer. A reliability analysis showed that the lifetime of the high-frequency transformer can be extended with the proposed solution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8281010
Pages (from-to)10467-10477
Number of pages11
JournalIEEE Transactions on Power Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018


  • Aerospace electronics
  • DC-DC power converters
  • leakage currents
  • photovoltaic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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