Lyapunov-based high-performance controller for modular resonant DC/DC converters for medium-voltage DC grids

Ahmed A. Aboushady, Khaled Hani Ahmed, Stephen J. Finney, Barry W. Williams

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This study presents a high-performance controller based on the Lyapunov stability criterion that enhances the dynamic performance and disturbance rejection capability of resonant DC/DC converters when compared with classical PI control. The series-parallel resonant converter (SPRC) is used as the candidate converter to which this controller design is applied but the design can be generalised to other types of resonant DC/DC converters. By using a multiple module approach, low-power modules of this resonant converter are stacked to enable operation at medium-voltage DC (MVDC). The proposed controller design is applied to modular structure of the SPRC to verify its high-performance output in conjunction with active sharing control loops that ensure uniform current/voltage distribution across the multiple interconnected modules. Detailed controller design, closed-loop stability criteria, robustness and parameter sensitivity are investigated and controller performance is compared and verified against the classical PI control in simulation and low-scaled experimental prototype. Operations in single-module and two-module input-series output-parallel modes are both studied. The study affirms the selection of the modular DC/DC converter architecture and its associated proposed controls for high-performance MVDC applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2055-2064
Number of pages10
JournalIET Power Electronics
Issue number15
Early online date11 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2017


  • high performance controller
  • Lyapunov stability
  • DC/DC converters


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