Procedure: Exp. 3 Part 1

Procedure: Exp. 3 Part 1
Experiment 3
Laboratory procedure: part 1
ECEN 4517/5517
The goal of part 1 is to design, construct, test, and demonstrate the buck dc-dc converter power stage
discussed in lecture, under open-loop conditions.
Inductor design and construction
Your laboratory kit contains several ferrite cores. Datasheets describing the important
parameters of this core shape and core material are linked to the course website. Copper
magnet wire of various gauges, as well as shim stock for gapping the core, are available in the
lab. Construct the inductor you designed in your prelab assignment: select the wire gauge,
wind the required number of turns on the bobbin, insert the proper air gaps, and assemble the
core. Check the inductance value L on the RLC meter, and iterate if necessary.
Buck power stage construction
Mount the power MOSFET and Schottky diode on the heat-sinks from your lab kit. Use the
insulators in your kit to insulate the MOSFET and diode cases from the heatsinks; a very thin
layer of thermal paste (provided by TAs) is needed on both sides of the insulator to ensure
good thermal conduction. A drill will be provided, for drilling holes in your kit “perf board” to
mount standoffs. Construct the power stage as shown in Fig. 1 on the perf board. Use #18
AWG wire to make interconnections in the power stage. For the MOSFET, inductor, and
diode, leave loops of wire long enough to insert a clip-on AC current probe to measure iL, iT, iC,
and iD. Otherwise, keep the wiring short for connections having pulsating currents. Use twisted
pairs to make the signal and return connections between boards.
Fig. 1
Buck power stage testing
Connect a logic output of your MSP430 through the gate driver IC as shown, to drive the gate
of the power MOSFET. The schematic of the TC4428 is linked to the experiment web page; be
sure to include a capacitor to bypass the power supply of the TC4428. Connect a load resistor,
capable of consuming the power produced by one PV panel, to the converter output. Program
the MSP430 to produce a suitable duty cycle signal. Apply power to the gate driver IC, and
verify that the correct gate drive signal is present at the MOSFET.
With all of the power supplies turned off, connect the power stage to the laboratory bench 035 VDC power supply (to supply Vg). Use a voltage probe to measure vD(t), and a current probe
to measure the transistor current iT(t). Use multimeters to measure the load resistor voltage and
current. Set the load resistor to its maximum value, set Vg to zero, then turn on all power
supplies. Increase Vg to a few volts, and verify that the vD(t) and iT(t) waveforms are correct. Be
sure not to exceed the 25 V rating of output capacitor C2. Slowly increase Vg to the rated fullpower voltage of the PV panels, adjust the duty cycle to obtain an output of 13 V, and slowly
decrease the load resistance until the output power is 85 W. Record the dc voltage and current
of the source Vg and the load, and calculate the efficiency. If these readings make sense,
Measure the following waveforms, and record for your report:
Diode voltage vD(t)
Transistor current iT(t)
Diode current iD(t)
Inductor current vD(t)
Capacitor C1 current iC1(t)
Capacitor C1 voltage vC1(t)
Label the waveform names and scales. Label salient features.
Measure the inductor current ripple ΔiL, and compare with the value you designed for in your
prelab assignment. Include these values in your report.
Measure the capacitor voltage ripple ΔvC1, and note the waveform of vC1(t). A practical
capacitor model includes an equivalent series resistance (ESR) in series with an ideal
capacitor. In many capacitors, including the aluminum electrolytic capacitors used in this
experiment, the ESR induces the major portion of the ac voltage ripple. Based on your
measured capacitor voltage and current waveforms, estimate the value of the ESR. Also
estimate the power loss induced in the ESR, PC = Irms2 ESR. This power loss limits the
maximum ac current that can be handled by the capacitor. Include in your report: (i) your
estimate of the ESR, (ii) your estimate of the power loss PC, and (iii) the datasheet rms current
rating for this capacitor.
Load test
Adjust or change the load resistor, to obtain a converter output power of approximately 15 W,
with the duty cycle adjusted as necessary to obtain an output voltage of 13 V. Record the input
and output voltages, the output current, and the duty cycle. Measure and record the waveforms
of iT(t) and vD(t); label the waveform names, scales, and salient features. Was it necessary to
significantly change the duty cycle in this part? Why or why not? Repeat, for an output power
of approximately 1 W.
Open loop behavior in PV system
If there is insufficient sunshine to operate the PV panels outside, then proceed to the
Experiment 3 Part 2 procedure, and come back to this part next week.
Fig. 2
Modify your programming of the MSP430 to produce a signal that is proportional to a voltage
applied to an A/D input of the MSP430. See the Lecture 2 slides for sample code that operates
the ADC10 peripheral of the MSP430F5172. Connect a potentiometer to provide a 0–1.5 V
signal at this input (don’t exceed the MSP430 power supply voltage!), and verify that your
MSP430 produces a signal with controllable duty cycle at its PWM output. Pay special
attention to the lecture slide on capacitor bypassing: the ADC input pin will require capacitor
bypassing, and longer sampling windows will also help reduce the noise.
Inside the lab, connect the converter on the PV cart, between the PV panel and the battery, as
illustrated in Fig. 2. Note that the cart includes two isolated 12 VDC power supplies; one of
these should be used to power your control circuitry. Connect meters to measure the PV
voltage and current, as well as the battery current (you will need ammeters with 10 A or 20 A
scales). While still inside the lab (with the PV panel not illuminated), turn on the power and
use the oscilloscope to verify that the gate driver operates correctly. Turn off the power and
take the cart (with meters and oscilloscope) outside.
Load the battery with the inverter, and use the light bulb (as well as the meters and
oscilloscope) to load the inverter so that you don’t overcharge the battery in this step. Point the
PV panel at the sun, and power up your converter. Vary the duty cycle D in enough steps to
obtain a reasonably smooth plot, from the minimum D to the maximum D that your drive
circuit can provide. Record all meters (including the battery voltage meter built into the cart)
and the duty cycle.
Simulation and interpretation of data
In your report, you should plot your step 5 measured data of (i) PV voltage vs. D, (ii) battery
current vs. D, (iii) PV power vs. D, and (iv) Vbatt/Vpv vs. D. Explain theoretically the salient
features of your plots.
In the lab, perform a dc simulation of the power stage of the system of Fig. 2 using SPICE (or
simulink). Use your model developed in Exp. 1 for the PV panel, and use the SPICE averaged
switch model (or your own simulink equivalent) described in lecture in place of the MOSFET
and diode. Choose a suitable battery model. Sweep the duty cycle from 0 to 1, and make
SPICE generate simulated versions of plots (i) to (iv) listed in the previous paragraph.
How do your measured and simulated plots compare with the theoretical model of the buck
converter? If you choose the optimum duty cycle, how much power can you obtain? How does
this compare with the direct energy transfer approach used to charge the battery in Experiment
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