Theses and Dissertations



Choi, Seungdeog

Committee Member

Fu, Yong

Committee Member

Karimi, Masoud

Committee Member

Wallace, David

Date of Degree


Original embargo terms

Embargo 2 years

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Rapidly-increasing medium-voltage power electronics applications in emerging industry systems, including electrical ships, more electric aircraft, and microgrids, have emphasized the critical need for highly energy-efficient, reliable, and fast switching devices. As a result, Wide-Bandgap (WBG) devices have gained considerable interest over conventional silicon-based switches in recent years. For example, emerging WBG devices have unlocked new dimensions for modern motor drive systems with increased efficiency, switching frequency, and superior power density. Commercially-developed WBG devices such as Silicon Carbide (SiC) and Gallium Nitride (GaN) offer promising opportunities to meet those pressing requirements. However, the fast switching operation of WBG devices may cause substantially increased EMI emissions in medium-voltage applications, which can decrease the overall system’s performance or merits of power converters. This will be particularly an issue in a system where electric ground is unavailable, such as an electric ship, as a large Electro-Magnetic Interference current will be circulating within the system. The EMI in the WBG switch module will be emitted up to 500 MHz. This is the near radio-frequency (RF) band whose impact had not been clearly understood or properly analyzed in the power electronics field until recently. With new and critical challenges in recent years, to reliably adopt WBG devices in emerging power systems, there has been significant effort to improve electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) with new EMI mitigation techniques that comply with existing standards, including International Special Committee on Radio Interference (CISPR), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Defense (DOD), International Electro-Technical Commission (IEC), etc. This research investigates the common-mode EMI in networked power electronics-enabled power systems. Common-mode EMI phase information is a vital degree of freedom in EMI study that has not been considered in the state of the art. The EMI phase information reduces EMI without implementing any active or passive filter circuit. An effective and less complex method is introduced to reduce EMI in power electronics network. The work includes developing hybrid filter with passive and virtual filter. Including virtual filter reduces the passive common mode choke weight and volume significantly. Finally, a simplified switching node capacitance characterization technique for packaged WBG SiC has been introduced.

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