Date of Award

December 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science



First Advisor

Robert M Cuzner

Committee Members

Brian S R Armstrong, Benjamin C Church


Common-mode, Dual active bridge, EMI characterization, Equivalent models, Neutral point clamp


Modern power converters designed with wide-bandgap semiconductors are known to generate substantial conducted electromagnetic interference as a side effect of high edge rate and high frequency switching. With the advancement in power electronic converters, the significant EMI challenges need to be addressed for distribution level power systems. The goal is to provide a computationally efficient method of EMI characterization for conducted emissions for this future generation of power distribution systems. The first step in making this possible is through creating an accurate EMI characterization platform for the neutral point clamped dual active bridge. In this thesis, a formalized common-mode modeling approach is carried out for transforming this mixed-mode power system into its common-mode equivalent circuit. The approach is validated through comparison of time-domain waveforms predicted by detailed mixed-mode and common-mode equivalent models of the representative power distribution system, with a proposed future validation using hardware measurements. The experimental studies highlight the utility of the proposed modeling approach to assess design mitigation strategies.