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Homework Help: Alternate derivation of output capacitor ripple voltage buck

  1. Apr 26, 2017 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm trying to find the output voltage ripple of a buck converter by using just the waveforms and the inductor ripple.

    2. Relevant equations

    I know that the answer is supposed to be D(1-D)Vin/(16*L*C*f^2) but I keep getting D(1-D)Vin/(8*L*C*f^2)

    The equations I end up using are Ic=C*dVc/dt and I let Ic=deltaIL.

    I know deltaIL= D(1-D)Vin/(2*L*f) and I know that the period that the capacitor has increasing voltage is Ts/4
    3. The attempt at a solution

    with this knowledge, multiplying everything together gives D(1-D)Vin/(8*L*C*f^2)

    I think I'm making some sort of mistake letting Ic=deltaIL and it makes be off by a factor of 2.

    Any help is very appreciated (this isn't homework, just my own curiosity. I've seen the derivation for capacitor
    voltage ripple using the charge on the capacitor but I wanted to try to do it this way.)
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  3. Apr 29, 2017 #2


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    Please provide a circuit diagram that identifies the components, currents and voltages.
    Please sketch the waveforms you expect and show the voltage measurement points on the waves.
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