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Applications of describing functions to estimate the performance of nonlinear inductance

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4 Author(s)
Chung, S.C. ; Dept. of Autom. Control Eng., Feng Chia Univ., Taichung, Taiwan ; Huang, S.R. ; Huang, J.S. ; Lee, E.C.

Passive filter design is traditionally considered to be very important for many power electronic circuits and power systems. It is is very critical in the design of these power electronic circuits and power systems to know how to obtain accurate corner frequencies. It is known that when the load is large, the inductance of an inductor is known to always change. This phenomenon is due to the fact that when the current load is high, the inductance always suffers from saturation or hysteresis. It is extremely difficult to estimate the actual value for the nonlinear inductance in large currents because the inductance is nonlinear. The paper investigates the saturation phenomenon for a nonlinear inductance. The describing function method can be used to linearise the nonlinear inductor and then estimate the inductance in large current situations. Hence, the corner frequency for the lowpass filter can also be calculated accurately. It is shown that, when the current is very large, the corner frequency drifts to a larger value in the low-pass filter. The drift value of the corner frequency can be easily calculated by the describing function. Simulation and experimental results verify this phenomenon. However, it should be stressed that the method used in the paper is restricted to low frequencies. The higher frequency effects are neglected throughout the paper

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Science, Measurement and Technology, IEE Proceedings -  (Volume:148 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

May 2001

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