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Homework Help: Boost DC-DC converter basics

  1. Mar 17, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I have recently learned about the boost SMPS and and have built a circuit to investigate the waveforms and levels for Vout, [L] and [C] for different mark space ratios.

    the circuit consists of a 95uH inducotr, diode, 47uF cap, 70 Ohm load, a FET who's gate is controlled by a PWM and a 5V input

    The PWM is 25 KHz and here are the results i got for four different mark space ratios.

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    Vin   Vout  time period us   time on us   time off us   Inductor current  Capacitor current
    5     14              40                  12.8             27.2               4.5 A                   4.2A
    5      9.25          40                  20               20                  6   A                    6A
    5      6               40                  30.4            9.6                 3   A                     3A
    5      4.4            40                  40               0                    2.5 ma               2.5 ma [/I][/I]

    My understanding is that the longer the time on is the larger the Voltage but this is the opposite in my results as the smallest time on is 12.8 us and gives the largest output voltage,.

    I have been given some equations to work out the output voltage , inductor size etc but none of the seem to tally up. the Five questions i would like to ask are.

    1) do my results seem correct?

    2) does a longer switch 'off' time create a larger output( as per my results but opposite to what i thought would happen)

    3) why does the current start to rise to 6 A and then drops to 3A.

    4) i had a scope probe connected to the junction where the diode inductor and drain of the FET meet. on the display the there is a square wave which matches the duty cycle however on the rising edge of the FET switching on there is a massive spike in the region of 20 V and then it rings and dam pends down. what causes this? i did read somewhere about resonance??? my theory was because there is a large back emf when the FET switchs off?

    5) how to calculate efficiency

    2. Relevant equations

    Vout = (T/Toff).VS
    duty cycle =(1- (VS/Vout))
    Inductor current = load current . Vout/Vs

    3. The attempt at a solution
    i have used the results from the first duty cycle i used in the firsat row of the table and you can see that they do not tally up??

    Vout = (T/Toff).VS 40us/ 27.2us *5 = 7.35V
    duty cycle =(1- (VS/Vout)) 1-(5/14)= 0.64
    Inductor current = load current . Vout/Vs Load current = 14V/70 = 0.2A , 14V/5V*0.2 = 0.56A

    PS i do apologize about the formatting of the table but im not sure how to get the data ion rows and columns
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  3. Mar 17, 2015 #2


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    It would be helpful if you could attach a schematic diagram of your circuit. Also, a sketch or photo of the current waveforms.
  4. Mar 18, 2015 #3
    photo 2.JPG photo 3.JPG photo 1.JPG schematic.png Hi,

    Photo 3 trace 1 is the waveform at the node of the inductor, diode and the FETS drain, trace 2 is the output voltage
    Photo 1 trace 1 is the current through the inductor measured with a "Pico technology" current probe.
    Photo 2 is the rining on the rising edge of the pwm
  5. Mar 18, 2015 #4


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    Those all look as expected. It's often debatable whether ringing that's visible is actually there when you don't have the CRO leads attached, or whether this is introduced by the leads themselves introducing L and C on an aerial. For example, you could try a 220k resistor from gate to ground, this will probably clean up the appearance of the PWM waveform; capacitance from drain to gate or wiring capacitance may be feeding this back from the drain. You could try a 0.01uF in parallel with the electrolytic.

    As a test, just resting your finger on some of these points may clean up the waveform, where the ringing is coming from a high impedance.

    Energy in an inductor is ½LI² and this gets dumped into the reservoir capacitor when the FET turns off.

    What is ߡV between the two DC levels in the yellow waveform? Is that big spike higher every second cycle?

    You can see the inductor current is characterised by two linear regions. If you measure those slopes you should be able to compare them with what they should theoretically be. Remember, for an inductor v=L.di/dt

    I'd say you're using a slow power rectifier diode there.
  6. Mar 18, 2015 #5
    when i get back to univeristy next monday i will try adding the resistor and capaciotr to the breadboard and see what difference it makes.

    what is still confusing me is the formula to calculate the output voltage.

    The theory states Vout = (T/Toff).VS for the results in the table/ the pictures i get Vout = 40us/ 27.2us *5 = 7.35V . Which is not correct as the output can be seen to be roughly 14V in the third picture.

    The spikes occur every cycle and are roughly the same hight give or take quarter of a division. it was hard to adjust the trigger to keep the trace still so the pictures were taken with the display stoped.

    one last question is why does the current rise, peak at 6 amps then reduce?
  7. Mar 18, 2015 #6


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    I'd like it confirmed that the inductor current maintains that general waveshape over the whole range, before I think about that.
  8. Mar 18, 2015 #7
    Yes your correct, the waveform is the same shape but the peak to peak value changes with change of duty cycle
  9. Mar 19, 2015 #8


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    I think there is a significant change in the inductor current waveform, but you are just not noticing it. Besides noting the peak-to-peak height of the waveform, can you take note of where the zero baseline is in the inductor current waveform for low output volts, midrange, and near-maximum.

    Your table records values for capacitor current. How did you measure capacitor current, and what does the recorded value describe? Did you record the waveform?
  10. Mar 20, 2015 #9

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    You're confusing Ton and Toff.
    In your setup, Ton = 27.2 us. Look at photo 3 trace 1. The low part is for Ton.
    So you should get Vout = 5V(40us)/13us = 15.4V. The diode drop accounts for most of the error.
  11. Mar 27, 2015 #10


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    Any results to report?
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