First Advisor

Richard Tymerski

Term of Graduation

Summer 1994

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering


Electrical Engineering




Electric current converters -- Mathematical models, Switching circuits -- Mathematical models



Physical Description

1 online resource (x, 131 pages)


The use of switched linear networks is prevalent in power processing systems such as dc-to-dc power converters. These converters provide regulated dc output power and are widely used in the power supplies for computers and peripherals. As with most systems where high performance is a criterion, the power converter is usually enclosed in a feedback loop. Feedback design usually entails the use of small signal (linear) models with linear feedback design techniques. There exists a large number of small signal models, but most of them are ad hoc. A describing function approach has previously been presented which determines the exact small signal frequency response of the converters. This method is now used to systematically derive circuit models for power converters. The aim of the work presented in this thesis is to model the nonlinear part of the switching converters which are simply the switches. This study is focused on the Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) class of converters. Majority of available models are not very accurate because they are averaged models. The aim of the new approach is to obtain accurate and simple model. A partial realization of this aim has been achieved; the new model is accurate over a very wide frequency range, but presently the parameters are rather complicated.


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