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### EE452_ClosedLoop Boost Converter

1. 1.         Lab 3:   Closed­Loop Boost Converter  EE 452: Power Electronics Design  Electrical Engineering Department  University of Washington    Section AB  Nasir Elmi 1468579  Daniel Park 1271113  Ki Hei Chan 1368010    November 13, 2015
2. 2. 1 Introduction  The purpose of this lab is to use the theory of the boost converter to build one. This lab report                                        will focus on the design, simulation, and some hardware testing for the open­loop version, which                              would include calculations and measurements to extract values necessary for the design.                        Similarly, the same process will occur for the closed loop boost converter, which will require                              different set of tests to prove that the proposed design is sufficient for the specifications.  1.1 Design Specifications  a) Input voltage:  12V DC  b) Output voltage:  20V DC  c) Minimum Load:  10W  d) Maximum Load:  20W  e) Maximum Ripple voltage: 2 Vpp (based on output specs)  g) Converter frequency: 100 kHz  h) Inductor Value: 50 uH    2 Pre­Simulation Parameter Calculations  2.1 Inductor Value Selection  This lab provides us with a inductor value to work with. This part will be used later for the                                      hardware part of the lab. Using the following equation below, the number of copper wiring turns                                for the core was found:        17 turns N = √  L Al =   √163 10* −9 50   10* −6 =       The end calculations presented that a 17 copper wire turns for the core was needed to create a                                    50uH inductor.  2.2 Capacitor Value Selection  Using the same parameters given in Table 1 and the delta inductor current, the following  equation was used to find the capacitance value needed:    ≥ μF     C ΔV f0 s I Doutmax = 2(100k) 0.2 0.75* = 2
3. 3. With the given equation above, the design needed a capacitor value of at least 2 F in parallel                            μ       with the load. However, to meet transient and output voltage requirements, we used a                            capacitance value of 127 uF (33+47+47 uF capacitances).  3 Open­Loop Boost Converter  The first series of the lab test both the simulated and the physical hardware open­loop circuit                                design:  3.1 Input for the MOSFET Gate  The input to the MOSFET Gate is controlled by the SG3524 IC PWM. The schematic in Figure 1  was used below.    Figure 1. General Test Schematic of SG3524 Test Circuit    The RT and CT parameters are used to control the switching frequency of the oscillator. The  relationship of this switching frequency is as follows:       (in kHz)  fs = 1.30 R CT T    in kΩRT    in μFCT
4. 4.   Practical values of RT values fall between 1.8kΩ and 100kΩ so for the design, which requires                                the switching frequency to be 100kHz. Thus, RT was chosen to be 10kΩ, which made CT be                                  0.013 uF.  Additionally, pins 4 and 5 were grounded since the current limit option was not used and pins 3                                    and 10 were left open since they were also not used in the circuit.  The resulting waveform of this PWM is shown in Figure 2, which shows that the switching                                frequency is near 100 kHz:      Figure 2. Output of the PWM    Using the potentiometer that is inputted into pin 2 of the SG3524, the duty cycle can be adjusted                                    by the changing voltage in the voltage divider. In the case in Figure 2, the output was outputting                                    16 V for 43.5% of the time for every switching cycle.    3.2 Open­Loop Design  Figure 3 is the open loop boost converter design that will be built in this lab. The gate of the                                        MOSFET is connected to a SG3524, which is a PWM that controls the switching frequency and                                the input voltage into the gate.
5. 5.   Figure 3. Open Loop Boost Converter Design (using Multisim)  Because the SG3524 is not in the Multisim database, a pulse wave generator from the simulation                                was used instead for the simulation tests.  4 Simulation/Hardware Tests and Calculations (Open­Loop)  Before building the actual hardware for the lab, some tests had to be run through Multisim to                                  ensure that our design has met the specifications for this lab.  4.1 Varying Load Current      Figure 4. Transient Analysis of the Boost Converter at different currents
6. 6. For the first set of tests, the load current was varied by putting in different load resistors ranging                                    from 20 Ω to 40 Ω. By observing the plots, the steady­state DC voltage is approximately 20V                                  and the voltage ripples are within specifications as shown in Figure 3 with slight variations in the                                  DC voltage.      4.2 Simulation Half Load Analysis  The following simulation tests were run at half load or 15W, which would mean that our load                                  resistor is at 26.67 Ω.    4.2.1 Inductor Current      Figure 5. Transient Analysis of the Inductor Current at half­load    Figure 5 shows the plot of the inductor current with respect to time. As shown in the figure,                                    when the MOSFET is on, the inductor current increases while the inductor is charging. Then                              when the MOSFET is off, the voltage discharges to the capacitor/load, decreasing the inductor                            current during this cycle.    4.2.2 Switch Voltage        Figure 6. Transient Analysis of the Switch Voltage.
7. 7. Figure 6 above shows the Vds of the MOSFET. The voltage oscillates between 0 and 20 V in                                    steady state. In steady state, when the MOSFET is on and the gate voltage is high (16 V), Vds =                                        0 V due to the fact that the MOSFET becomes a short circuited wire. Then when the MOSFET is                                      off, the MOSFET becomes an open circuit and has a voltage drop equal to the voltage across the                                    output plus the voltage across the diode.    4.2.3 Switch Current        Figure 7. Transient Analysis of the switch current.    Figure 7 above shows the drain and source current of the MOSFET. When the MOSFET is on,                                  the current has a sawtooth­like waveform. This is so because inductor is building up voltage                              through magnetic field when the MOSFET is in its on state. Because of the short circuit behavior                                  of the MOSFET, the current waveform through the MOSFET is similar as that of the inductor.                                Then when the MOSFET is off, the current is zero because the MOSFET is in an open circuit                                    state.
8. 8. 4.3 Hardware Half­Load Analysis  The following hardware tests were run at half load or 15W, which would mean that our load                                  resistor is at 26.67 Ω.    4.3.1 Inductor Current          Figure 8. Transient Analysis of the Voltage across the shunt resistor below the 12 V source.    Using a shunt 0.1 Ω below the 12 V power source, the voltage waveform of the 0.1 Ω resistor is                                        given as shown in Figure 8. The waveform is giving negative values because the shunt resistor                                was placed below the power supply with the positive end of the oscilloscope placed on the                                negative end of the 12 V power supply. Dividing the waveform in Figure 8 by 0.1 will give the                                      inductor current waveform. Additionally, the shape of waveform is similar to the simulation                          waveforms, which also exhibit a triangular wave.
9. 9. 4.3.2 Switch Voltage      Figure 9. Transient Analysis of the Vds of the MOSFET.    Figure 9 shows the Vds of the MOSFET. This waveform is very similar to the simulation                                waveforms. Both Vds jump to at least 20 V in steady state when the MOSFET turns off because                                    the MOSFET is in an open circuit state. Then the voltage drops to 0 V when the MOSFET turns                                      on.    4.3.3 Switch Current      Figure 10. Transient Analysis of the Voltage across the shunt resistor below the source of the MOSFET.
10. 10. Figure 10 shows the voltage waveform of the shunt 0.1 Ω resistor placed below the source of the                                    MOSFET. Dividing this waveform by 0.1 will give the switch current waveform (drain and                            source current). This shape of the waveform is also similar to that of the simulation’s. Both have                                  zero current when the MOSFET is off and then when the MOSFET is on, the current exhibit                                  sawtooth­like waveform similar to that of the inductor current.    4.3.4 Power Loss Via Switching (MOSFET)  Using the waveforms and values from the current in the previous sections, the estimated power                              loss from the MOSFET switching were found. From the MTP3055 Datasheet, the average                          switching characteristics were the following:    urn On Delay Time    .5 nsT :  tON = 8   urn Off Delay Time 3.5 nsT : tOFF = 2     Using these values, the switching losses when MOSFET turns on and turns off using the                              following assuming that the Vds and the drain current increased and decreased linearly for                            switching events:    OFF to ON (Turn ON):  :verage Current .5 .5A : 0 * 1 0.75 A   :verage V oltage .5 2A : 0 * 2 11.0 V  :ower Losses vg Current  Avg V oltageP : A *   * tON * fS 0.007 W    ON to OFF (Turn OFF):  :verage Current .5 .08A : 0 * 2 1.04 A  :verage V oltage .5 2A : 0 * 2 11.0 V  :ower Losses vg Current  Avg V oltageP : A *   * tOFF * fS 0.0268 W    otal Power Loss (PowerOn  PowerOff)T :   +   : 0.0338 W    The power losses were found by finding the average current voltage through switching events for                              the short delay times. Then multiply the switching frequency and the time delay for respective on                                and off cycle in order to find the total power loss from switching.
11. 11.   4.3 CCM & DCM Mode Operation      Figure 11. Transient Analysis of the Output Voltage at Different Loads (20, 15, 10 W Load Respectively)    At low loads (10 W), the DCM was able to be observed through the output waveform (along                                  with the Vds waveform). At the very right waveform of Figure 11, the latter (right side) part of                                    the waveform where duty ratio is in the off section has a dip in the output voltage. This is due to                                          the low current of the inductor. At higher loads like in the first and second waveforms of Figure,                                    DCM is rarely seen because the inductor current is high enough for the current to continue drop                                  for the full duration when the duty cycle is in its off state.    The DC values at different loads are as follows in Table 1:  Table 1: DC voltages based off of Figures 11  Load (W)  Average Voltage (DC)  10 (40.0 Ω)  22.0 V  15 (26.6 Ω)  21.5 V  20 (20.0 Ω)  20.4 V
12. 12.   Figure 12. Output Voltage with respect to the load (W)  Figure 12 shows the output voltage with respect to the load. From this plot, the output voltage                                  decreases as the load increases. From this the range of the output is 2V with the given range of                                      the load.    4.4 Efficiency  The values below are taken by observation from the waveforms and efficiency values were then                              calculated based on the current and voltage values for high and low load:    4.4.1 High Load    vg(V in)  a : 12.0V  vg(I(in)) bs(1.48 .24)/2  a = a + 3 :   2.36A  vg(V out)  a : 20.4V  vg(I(out)) 0.4/20  a = 2 : 1.02A  vg(P(in)) vg(I(in)) vg(V (in))  a = a * a :   28.3 W  vg(P(out)) vg(I(out)) vg(I(out))  a = a * a : 20.8 W    fficiency  avg(P(out))/avg(P(in))  E =   : 73.4%    4.4.2 Low Load    vg(V in)  a : 12.0V  vg(I(in)) bs(0.70 .90)/2  a = a + 1 :   1.30A
13. 13. vg(V out)  a : 22.0V  vg(I(out)) 2/40  a = 2 : 0.55A  vg(P(in)) vg(I(in)) vg(V (in))  a = a * a :   15.6 W  vg(P(out)) vg(I(out)) vg(I(out))  a = a * a : 12.1 W    fficiency  avg(P(out))/avg(P(in))  E =   : 77.6%      5 Closed­Loop Boost Converter  With the open­loop analysis complete, the following simulation and hardware tests were done for  the closed­loop version of the boost converter:  5.1 Dynamic Average and Linearization Model    Figure 13. Average Model Circuit of the Boost Converter    Figure 13 is the average model circuit of the boost circuit. Using this circuit, the bode plots of the                                      transfer function was obtained and shown on Figure 14 and Figure 15, which will be used later in                                    order to find the parameters for the 2K controller of the closed­loop boost converter.
14. 14.   Figure 14. Magnitude Plot of the Average Model Circuit    Figure 15. Phase Plot of the Average Model Circuit    5.4 Transfer Function of Output Voltage Sensor/PWM  Because the PWM duty cycle is dependent on the voltage at pin 9 and its pin 9 voltage ranges                                      from specifications are from 1.0 V to 3.5 V, the transfer is as the following:  .4 GPWM = 1 3.5−1 = 0       5.5 K Factor Method (2K)  For the 2K Factor Method, we used the following given values from the specifications and                              chosen values from the bode plots to calculate the transfer function of the controller circuit. Note                                that for every results that follows for each equation is based off of the chosen/given parameters:  Desired Phase Margin: 35 degrees  Cross Frequency: 1360 Hz
15. 15. Power Stage Gain: 31.20 dB  PWM Gain: 0.4  k Feedback: 0.125  Using these values from the bode plots, the following equation was used to find the phase boost                                  and the K factor:  PM 80 0 ϕboost =   − 1 − ϕcross + 9     tan( 5) K =   2 ϕcross + 4   With the K factor, we are then able to find the pole and zero frequency using the following                                    equations:   2πf /K  wZero =   cr   2πf  wPole =   cr * K   Then using the feedback constant, the PWM gain, and the power stage gain, the desired                              compensator gain at crossover frequency was found using the following equation (note all of                            these terms are linear magnitude gains):  Gcr = 1 k G Gfb PWM PS   Additionally, the controller gain was found using the zero frequency and the desired        kc                   compensator gain in following equation:  G w  kc =   cr Zero   Using the calculated parameter values, the transfer function for a 2K was used in the following                                equation format:   Gc =   s kc (1+s/wz) (1+s/wp)   With all the values needed, the two capacitance values and the resistance value of the controller                                (shown on Figure x) using the following equations:     C1 = k wc P g wm Z    C2 = kc gm − C1    R  = 1 w CZ 2
16. 16.   Figure 16. 2K Factor Controller  With everything calculated and compiled together, the 2K controller is ready to be built into the                                closed­loop boost converter design. The following table are the resulting values from the                          equation:  Table 2: Output Voltage readings with respect to changing Vin  Parameter  Values  Phase Boost  75.5 degrees   wZero   1070 rad/s   wZero   67824 rad/s  Desired   Gcr  0.55 (linear gain)   kc   593.24   C1  53.5 nF   C1  33.7 uF   R    280 Ω    Note: ​DISREGARD ​any of the controller circuit element values in the future figures as they are                                just there as placeholders to know where the circuit elements are inserted. Most of the results                                were taken using values near the calculated values from small tweaks and trial­and­error.
17. 17. 5.6 Feedback Design in MULTISIM  Figure 17 below is the feedback design of the closed­loop boost converter and Figure 18 is the                                  transient analysis of this feedback design.    Figure 17. Feedback Design of Closed­Loop Boost Converter     Figure 18. 2K Factor Controller      The transient analysis shows that although there is a bit of spiking in the output voltage, in steady                                    state, the output voltage maintains to 20 V, which shows that the calculated feedback controller                              is sufficient.
18. 18. 5.6 Closed­Loop Boost Converter Design    Figure 19. Complete Closed­Loop Converter Design    Figure 19 shows the complete design of the closed­loop boost converter. This design consists of                              the modified open­loop portion, the controller, feedback loop, and the MOSFET driver. The                          controller is connected to pin 9 of the SG3524. The feedback loop is connected from the output                                  of the boost in parallel with a voltage divider, which is connected to pin 1. The design also has a                                        slow start feature placed at pin 2 of the SG3524, which is just a capacitor in parallel with the                                      resistor.    5.7 Steady State VOLTAGE Regulation  For the first series of tests, the steady state voltage regulation had to be observed. The input                                  voltage varied from 10 to 14 V at load of 15 W (26.6 Ω) in order to observe the effect on the                                            output voltage:    Table 3: Output Voltage readings with respect to changing Vin  Vin (V)  Vout (V)  10.0  19.50  10.5  19.67  11.0  19.74
19. 19. 11.5  19.80  12.0  19.86  12.5  19.91  13.0  19.96  13.5  20.01  14.0  20.03      Figure 20: Output voltage versus Input Voltage of the Closed­Loop Boost Converter    This plot from Figure 20 shows that even with the input voltage changes, the range for the output                                    voltage from the input voltage changes from 10 to 14 V is 0.53 V, which is minor. This would                                      show that the DC voltage doesn’t drop dramatically for the output voltage for any minor changes                                in input, which shows that this design is sufficient and stable.
20. 20. 5.8 Dynamic Voltage Regulation (Transient)  The next sets of observations is the output voltage transients from quick change in the Vin from  10 to 14 V, which is shown in Figure 21.      Figure 21: Transient Effects of the Stepping up Vin from 10 to 14 V    As seen from the figure, the little sinusoidal ripples from the output is a consequence of the                                  change in multiple capacitor charge and discharge during the switching cycles via change in                            input voltage. Additionally the inductor also have to adapt to this change which would reflect the                                jump in output voltage before the sinusoidal ripples.     5.9 Steady State LOAD Regulation  The final test observes the steady state load regulation of the circuit. The following                            measurements output DC voltage measurements were taken with respect to changing load when                          Vin = 12V:  Table 4: Output Voltage readings with respect to different loads  Load (W)  Vout (V)  10 (40.0 Ω)  20.20  15 (26.6 Ω)  19.89
21. 21. 20 (20.0 Ω)  19.43      Figure 22: Output Voltage versus Different Loads    The plot in Figure 22 for the closed­loop design shows a similar behavior for the open­loop                                design that for increasing loads, the average DC output voltage decreases. Although both exhibit                            same plot behaviors, the closed­loop converter shows less change and smaller range of output                            voltage change near 20 V. Specifically, the range of the DC voltage for the open­loop for the                                  given loads is 2 V while the range is 0.8 V for that of the closed­loop, which shows less                                      variations and more stability from load changes.     6 Conclusion  With hardware and simulation tests for the open­loop, we were able to create both the open­loop                                and closed­loop version of the boost converter. First calculations and test had to be done for the                                  respective circuits. After passing the tests, then the hardware was then able to be built and tested.                                  Some tweaks had to be done in order to pass specifications of the lab. Overall, the lab has                                    enabled us to learn major and minor specs of the boost converter in order to build one.