The dynamic performance of dc-dc power electronic converters is mainly determined by the output filtering capacitor and inductor, control loop(s) compensator(s), and the voltage conversion ratio. Normally, a larger capacitance and/or a smaller inductance are not recommended because of the extra cost and size of the capacitor and/or the increment of the inductor current ripple. The capacitor current feed-forward method has gained popularity due its fast dynamic response, simpler structure, and less sensing losses. In applications where a large voltage conversion ratio is needed, dynamic response for a load step-down scenario is worse than that of a load step-up condition. In order to alleviate this situation, a buck derived dc-dc converter is chosen. By combing the capacitor current feed-forward control and the buck derived converter topology, a novel control scheme is proposed in this paper. Simulation results containing the voltage overshoot and settling time are presented. The proposed approach is a high performance, simple structure, and low cost/volume strategy for load step-down dynamic improvements.

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36th Annual Conference on IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2010: Nov. 7-10, Glendale, AZ)


Electrical and Computer Engineering


Supported by the DOE Energy Storage Program through Sandia National Laboratories under Contract BD-0071-D

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Capacitors; Converters; Inductors; Steady-State; Switches; Transient Analysis; Capacitor Current; Control Loop; Converter Topologies; DC-DC Power; Dynamic Performance; Fast Dynamic Response; Feed-Forward; Inductor Currents; Novel Control Scheme; Output Filtering; Settling Time; Simple Structures; Simulation Result; Voltage Conversion Ratio; Voltage Overshoot; DC Power Transmission; Dynamic Response; Industrial Electronics; Voltage Regulators; DC-DC Converters

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 Nov 2010