The analysis of interconnected, high-power DC-DC converters for DC zonal electrical distribution
Langlois, Thomas L
Ciezki, John G.
Ashton, Robert W.
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As the United States Navy progresses into the twenty-first century, new concepts in shipboard electrical power management are being explored. One area of significant interest to the Navy is utilization of a DC Zonal Electrical Distribution System (DC-ZEDS) rather than a traditional AC distribution system. This system employs a network of solid-state power conversion devices to supply shipboard electrical loads from two or more high-voltage DC busses. The interconnection of these power converters stimulates several phenomenological questions and motivates multiple areas for study. Of key interest include interconnection dynamics through transmission lines and how the individual power sections of a DC-ZEDS architecture react under real-world load stresses. The focus of this thesis is to use the Power Electronic Building Block Network Testbed at the Naval Postgraduate School to examine the effects of line inductance and step changes in load on interconnected DC-DC converters. The findings of this research effort indicate that a system of networked buck converters can successfully operate in a DC-ZEDS architecture. In particular, buck converters were found to operate stably and were found to have acceptable transient performance for a variety of load conditions and interconnection topologies
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