Date of Award

May 2016

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Adel Nasiri

Committee Members

Rob Cuzner, Sam Helwany


Controller, Converter Topology, Power Conversion, Power Electronics, Resonance, Soft Commutation


This thesis discusses the design of a full-bridge resonant LLC Solid State Transformer. The proposed topology uses a high-frequency transformer which helps minimizing its cost and size, and enables operating at varying load conditions. By using a resonant circuit, soft switching is achieved. Commutation techniques are discussed, namely ZVS and ZCS. Both concepts are applied on different legs of the H-bridge. Pulse frequency modulation (PFM) and Phase Shifting Modulation (PSM) are utilized to control this resonant converter. One of the requirements of this work is to achieve a tightly regulated DC bus voltage. This was shown to be achieved using the proposed controller. An experimental setup was assembled and the controller was tested, the results match the simulation and calculation results. The SST setup was tested for two different power levels. The outputs confirm the validity of the controller in feeding the load and regulating the voltage within the desired switching frequency interval, while maintaining soft switching. A thermal analysis was conducted to calculate losses, and a conversion efficiency of 97.18% was achieved. Using a high frequency transformer, a reduction in size and cost is achieved as compared to conventional low frequency transformers that usually are large in size and require more material to be assembled (copper and iron). Design requirements and limitations, the proposed control scheme, modeling and implementation, and test results are provided in this thesis.

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