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Old 4th November 2008, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default new design?

http://ece-www.colorado.edu/~rwe/papers/Powercon5.pdf
Has anyone actually tried to build an amplifier based on the design in that article?
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Old 4th November 2008, 11:14 PM   #2
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Nice paper from 1978. I wonder what have we been doing for the past 30 years, it does not look that old at all.

The main problem with this topology is its (double) boost nature that leads to poor linearity and difficult control (see page 11). Increased voltage stress on the switches for a given output power is another drawback (with respect to buck).

Current ripple is not such a bad thing, for example, post-filter feedback self-oscillating amplifiers (my favourite) rely its operation completely on it.
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Old 5th November 2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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Hi Eva!

You wrote:
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Current ripple is not such a bad thing
What is your opinion about my former discussion at
Pulse Width Modulation Circuits ?
I assume the triangle comparation caused sampling does transponation of the sidebands around carrier and its harmonics to the baseband (around f=0). Therefore it causes inherent distortion with feedback. Are you agree with it?

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In Cuk converter, energy flow is bidirectional, it can absorb power too.
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Old 5th November 2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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I prefer grounded bridge Class-BD.
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This is very interesting, but does not really proove that Cuk converter is that better than half bridge converter (called "buck" in the article).
Still there is the problem of high value capacitors stressed to high AC current ripple as in Cuk power supply.

Adam

P.S. Also in my opinion the authors really overestimate the rule of filtering 2 decades below swithing frequency. The amp with such low LC corner frequency will not be able to deliver high power at short high frequency transients. Another words the power at 20kHz will be very low.
Correct me if I am wrong.
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When output filter is made to resonte well below the desired high frequency limit, the result is both limited slew rate and maximum output above resonance. This is acceptable but only to some extent, it's not ok for some types of music.
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Old 8th November 2008, 11:25 AM   #8
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See figure 29 in the article.
They've shown 630uH/10uF
If my calculations are OK than it is 2nd order filter (-40db/dec) with border frequency of 2kHz, which results in 10 000 times power reduction at 20kHz.

Cuk is definitely a clever engineer but does not have this "audio touch"
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