Step-Down (Buck) DC to DC Converter - Continuous

This model of a buck converter uses a “state-average” abstraction (i.e. the actual switching effect is removed by averaging), so that it simulates very quickly. It can be used for iterative compensator tuning because it supports small-signal AC analysis. Performance metrics include line and load transient response (time-domain), as well as the open-loop phase margin (frequency-domain).

Two companion design examples show similar results for a switching circuit implementation of this buck converter. The first, "Step-Down (Buck) DC to DC Converter - Switching", shows the line and load transient performance. The second, "TDFS Loop Stability for Step-Down (Buck) DC to DC Converter - Switching", shows the open-loop frequency response. This effective "AC" analysis is performed using the TDFS method, at time-domain simulation technique for measuring frequency response.

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Mike Donnelly

Joined November 8, 2013
Design added Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 7:23 am PST