Spice simulation of the Buck converter

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Marius TaciucMarius Taciuc 08/01/2017 at 01:240 Comments

I'm posting today an LTspice simulation of the buck converter. I went for the simulation because it is always a better way than to try to change physical values of the components and try to remake the tests and measurements. 

I might go for this variant of the Buck module, so I must integrate it into the larger schematic. Don't mind the actual value of the mosfet. I just used whatever I could find in the list that matched the characteristics of the IRF3205 (the one I'm planing to use). The simulation showed that I obtain better results with a 33uH inductor. It also reveals that increasing the current through the optocoupler LEDs I can obtain stiffer slopes. The simulation measures a maximum slope of  around 2.5us instead of up to 10us per rising slope in the A2 iteration of the schematic. Much better!

I think this optocoupler approach in trying to build a mosfet driver for a high side switch is not the fastest one, but it surely is a cheap and reliable one. The D model of the 817s is the fastest one and it seems like with this schematic, the on-off switching times are just enough to make the optocoupler transistors NOT open in the same time. 

I would call this the A3 iteration of the schematic after I integrate this module into the large schematic.

I ran the simulation at a PWM frequency of 25KHz, just above the audio band. A drawback of this actual design is that I cannot go higher because of these slopes. 

At this point of the design, I'm wondering about the efficiency of the entire schematic. 

Stand by for updates.