Design of a Bidirectional DC/DC Converter for Energy Storage in Electric Aircraft

Moanis Khedr, Vincent Zeng, Xiaoze Pei

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High-density power conversion and energy storage solutions were and are being explored for use in Electric Aircraft (EA). A superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) system is a promising candidate due to its fast response and ability to satisfy large pulse loads as is expected from EA. For the SMES, Dual Active Bridge (DAB) converters can offer high-density power conversion and provide galvanic isolation. This paper proposes a design methodology for a bidirectional DC/DC converter using DAB converter and a MOSFET-based chopper to interface SMES. This paper includes analysis, performance prediction, and needs for implementation in EA. The DAB/SMES system has been successfully designed, analyzed, and is being optimized for application in EA.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE Design Methodologies Conference, DMC 2021
Place of PublicationU. S. A.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781665403016
ISBN (Print)9781665431408
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2021
EventIEEE Design Methodologies Conference (DMC) 2021 - Bath, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Jul 202115 Jul 2021

Publication series

Name2021 IEEE Design Methodologies Conference, DMC 2021


ConferenceIEEE Design Methodologies Conference (DMC) 2021
Abbreviated titleDMC 2021
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
Internet address

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  • Bidirectional
  • Converter
  • Dual active bridge
  • Electric aircraft
  • Energy storage
  • Superconducting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Modelling and Simulation


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