As an evaluation of a circuit explained as a past example, the results for efficiency and switching waveform are presented. The overall circuit can be seen in the previous article.
Evaluation of Efficiency
As efficiency evaluation results, graphs show the efficiency and output power for three types of input voltage, and the efficiency and output current for each input terminal.
Evaluation of Switching Waveform
By measuring the power or the voltage and the current, the efficiency can be calculated without any particular need to observe the switching waveform. However, it is extremely important that the waveform at important places in the switching power supply be observed in order to confirm that there are no anomalies such as spikes or oscillation. Below are the switching waveforms of the drain voltage and drain current of a power switching SiC MOSFET. The drain voltage waveform is of the quasi-resonant type. Relative to the upper waveforms, Iout for the lower waveforms is twice as great. The turn-on and turn-off times and the differences in drain currents should be compared.
These waveforms are close to ideal. They can also be used as references to determine whether a prototype circuit is normal or not.
There are other parameters to check as well. This is a set of articles relating to AC/DC converters, and should be referenced. They deal with flyback converters, but the basic approach is similar.
・The circuit example shown is used to measure and study efficiency.
・Circuit components are examples, and others can be selected.