Self-Tuning Proportional-Type Performance Recovery Property Output Voltage-Tracking Controller for DC/DC Boost Converter

Seok Kyoon Kim, Choon Ki Ahn

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This article exhibits an output voltage-tracking control algorithm incorporating a self-tuning algorithm and disturbance observers for DC/DC boost converters without tracking error integrators, considering model nonlinearities, parameter variations, and load uncertainties. The proposed algorithm is designed such that it forces the output voltage to track its target trajectory driven by a time-varying low-pass filter (LPF), despite model-plant mismatches. This paper makes two main contributions. First, it constructs the self-tuning algorithm by updating the closed-loop cut-off frequency in the time-varying LPF to improve the transient tracking performance. Second, it embeds first-order disturbance observers (DOBs) in the proportional-type nonlinear controller to achieve both performance recovery and the offset-free properties. The experimental verifications are carried out to illustrate the effectiveness of the closed-loop system driven by the proposed technique with a 3-kW prototype DC/DC boost converter; the 46% improvement of the tracking performance is observed, compared with the conventional feedback-linearization (FL) controller.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2018 Jun 29


  • Boost-type DC/DC converter
  • Cutoff frequency
  • Disturbance observer
  • Disturbance observers
  • Frequency control
  • Heuristic algorithms
  • Output voltage tracking
  • Self-tuning algorithm
  • Target tracking
  • Time-frequency analysis
  • Voltage control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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