Nonlinear Capacitances in Switched Mode Power Supplies


Nonlinear Capacitances in Switched Mode Power Supplies

Nonlinear, voltage-dependent capacitances of power semiconductor devices are capable of having significant impact on the operation of switched-mode power converters. Particularly at high switching frequency, these nonlinearities play a significant role in determining switching times, losses, and converter dynamics during switching transitions.

In order to accommodate the well-established design and analysis techniques commonly used for linear circuits, this paper examines the nonlinear voltage-dependence of switching device capacitances and proposes a circuit-oriented analysis technique that allows the parasitic capacitances to be replaced with linear equivalents. The multitude of developed equivalents are verified through full nonlinear simulation in both MATLAB/SimulinkĀ and SPICE, as well as through experimental results.

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