# DC-DC Converter

Behavioral model of power converter

**Libraries:**

Simscape /
Electrical /
Semiconductors & Converters /
Converters

## Description

The DC-DC Converter block represents a behavioral model of a power converter. This power converter regulates voltage on the load side. To balance input power, output power, and losses, the required amount of power is drawn from the supply side. Alternatively, the converter can support regenerative power flow from load to supply.

This circuit illustrates the converter's behavior.

The *P _{fixed}* component draws a constant power and
corresponds to converter losses that are independent of load current. The power drawn is
set by the

**Converter losses at zero output power**parameter value. The resistor

*R*corresponds to losses that increase with load current, and is determined from the value you specify for the

_{out}**Percentage efficiency at rated output power**parameter.

The voltage source is defined by the following equation:

*v* = *v _{ref}* –

*i*

_{load}

*D*+

*i*

_{load}*R*

_{out}Where:

*v*is the load side voltage set point, as defined by the value you specify for the_{ref}**Output voltage reference demand**parameter. Alternatively, you can provide this value as input to the**Vref**port when the**Voltage reference**parameter is set to`External`

.*D*is the value you specify for the**Output voltage droop with output current**parameter. For more information, see Voltage Droop.

The current source value *i* is calculated so that the power flowing
in to the converter equals the sum of the power flowing out plus the converter
losses.

To specify the converter behavior when the voltage presented by the load is higher than the
converter output voltage reference demand, use the **Power direction** parameter:

`Unidirectional power flow from supply to regulated side`

— Current is blocked by the off-state diode, and the current source current*i*is zero. Set the conductance of this diode using the**Diode off-state conductance**parameter.`Bidirectional power flow`

— Power is transmitted to the supply side, and*i*becomes negative.

Optionally, the block can include voltage regulation dynamics. If you select
`Specify voltage regulation time constant`

for the
**Dynamics** parameter, then a first-order lag is added to the
equation defining the voltage source value. With the dynamics enabled, a load step
change results in a transient change in output voltage, the time constant being defined
by the **Voltage regulation time constant** parameter.

### Voltage Droop

Voltage droop is the loss in output voltage for a device that drives a load. Droop is important in voltage regulation circuits as it increases the tolerance of the systems towards load transients.

A separate value for the droop allows you to control how the output voltage varies
with the load regardless of load-dependent losses. To enable droop, select the
**Enable droop** parameter. To specify the droop, set the
**Droop parameterization** parameter to:

`By voltage droop with output current`

— Set the voltage droop directly by specifying the value of the**Output voltage droop with output current**parameter.`By percent voltage droop at rated load`

— This equation calculates the voltage droop as a percent of the**Output voltage reference demand**parameter, based on the value of the**Voltage droop percent at rated load**parameter:$$\begin{array}{l}\Delta V=\frac{{D}_{percent}}{100}{V}_{ref\_droop}\\ D=\frac{\Delta V\left({V}_{ref\_droop}-\Delta V\right)}{{P}_{rated}}\end{array}$$

where

`V`

is the value of the_{ref_droop}**Output voltage reference demand**parameter. If you set the**Voltage reference**parameter to`External`

, the block uses the constant value of the**Voltage reference used to calculate droop percent**parameter to calculate the droop instead.This plot shows how the block calculates the voltage droop:

The voltage droop,

*D*, is the slope of the line, where $${I}_{rated}=\frac{{P}_{rated}}{{V}_{rated}}$$ and $${V}_{rated}={V}_{ref\_droop}-\Delta V.$$

### Tabulated efficiency

You can tabulate the DC-DC Converter block efficiency depending on the output current, input voltage, and temperature.

This equation defines the relationship between losses and efficiency:

$$\begin{array}{l}\begin{array}{cc}loss\left({i}_{2},{v}_{1},T\right)=\left[1-\frac{eff\left({i}_{2},{v}_{1},T\right)}{100}\right]abs\left({v}_{1}{i}_{1}\right)& if\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{i}_{2}<0\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(power\text{\hspace{0.17em}}flow\text{\hspace{0.17em}}1\to \text{2}\right)\end{array}\\ \begin{array}{cc}loss\left({i}_{2},{v}_{1},T\right)=\left[1-\frac{eff\left({i}_{2},{v}_{1},T\right)}{100}\right]abs\left({v}_{2}{i}_{2}\right)& if\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{i}_{2}>0\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(power\text{\hspace{0.17em}}flow\text{\hspace{0.17em}}2\to \text{1}\right)\end{array}\end{array}$$

where

*loss(i*are the DC-DC converter losses._{2},v_{1},T)*v*is the input voltage._{1}*i*is the input current._{1}*i*is the output current._{2}*T*is the device temperature, if you expose the thermal port of this block.*eff(i*is the efficiency of the DC-DC converter as a function of the output current, input voltage, and temperature, as specified in_{2},v_{1},T)**Percentage efficiency table, eff(I2,V1,T)**.

If the output current is equal to `0`

, the converter
losses are equal to **Converter losses at zero output power**.

These are the steps to compute the used power losses depending on the output current:

If the output current is less than the last negative current point or greater than the first positive current point in the

**Vector of output currents for tabulated efficiencies, I2**parameter, the block uses the**Percentage efficiency table, eff(I2)**parameter to find the corresponding efficiency (with linear interpolation or nearest extrapolation) and then convert that efficiency to losses.Else, the block blends the zero output current case to the last negative point or the first positive point in the table, as shown in this figure:

If you set the **Modeling option** parameter to ```
Show thermal
port
```

, the block tabulates the efficiency depending on the
temperature, in addition to the output current and input voltage. The losses
calculation remains the same as the option with hidden thermal ports.

### Simulating When the Supply Cannot Match the Load

The DC-DC Converter block uses the
**Minimum supply voltage to function** parameter to protect the
network when the voltage supply cannot deliver the load requirements. This happens
if you connect a switch in series with the supply and then turn it off, or if the
supply connection has a series resistance which drops too much voltage. During the
simulation, if the voltage falls below the value of the **Minimum supply
voltage to function** parameter, the block relaxes the regulation of
the output voltage. Once the voltage falls below `90`

% of the
**Minimum supply voltage to function** parameter, the input of
the converter behaves like a fixed resistance equal to the value of the
**Input resistance if not functioning** parameter. Similarly,
the output of the DC-DC Converter block behaves like
a fixed resistance equal to the value of the **Output resistance if not
functioning** parameter.

### Simulating Faults

You can use the physical signal input port **F** to simulate a converter
failure.

To expose the fault port, **F**, in the
**Faults** tab, set the **Enable output open-circuit
fault** parameter to `Yes`

.

You control the behavior in response to the physical signal fault input F by the
parameters on the **Faults** tab of the block dialog box. With the
default parameter settings:

**Fault condition**is`Output open circuit if F >= Fault threshold`

**Fault threshold**is`0.5`

If a signal is connected to port F, then the block operates according to the parameter
settings on the **Faults** tab. For example, if **Fault
condition** is ```
Output open circuit if F >= Fault
threshold
```

, then when the signal at port F rises above the
**Fault threshold** value, the converter stops operating. Zero
current is taken from the supply side, and zero current is supplied to the load
side.

### Model thermal effects

This block has one optional thermal port. To expose the thermal port, set the **Modeling option** parameter to either:

`No thermal port`

— The block does not contain a thermal port.`Show thermal port`

— The block contains one thermal conserving port.

The block transfers heat generated from electrical losses through a Controlled
Heat Flow Rate Source to a Thermal Mass block. The
electrical properties of the block do not change with temperature. Specify the
thermal properties for this block using the parameters **Thermal
mass** and **Initial temperature**.

## Examples

## Assumptions

The two electrical networks connected to the supply-side and regulated-side terminals must each have their own Electrical Reference block.

The supply-side equation defines a power constraint on the product of the voltage,

*v*, and the current,_{s}*i*. For simulation, the solver must be able to uniquely determine_{s}*v*. To ensure that the solution is unique, the block implements two assertions:_{s}*v*> 0 — This assertion ensures that the sign of_{s}*v*_{s}is uniquely defined*i*<_{s}*i*— This assertion deals with the case when the voltage supply to the block has a series resistance_{max}

When there is a series resistance, there are two possible steady-state solutions for

*i*that satisfy the power constraint, the one with the smaller magnitude being the desired one._{s}

## Ports

### Conserving

## Parameters

## Extended Capabilities

## Version History

**Introduced in R2012b**