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Digital Noninterleaved HighPower Totem Pole PFC Based on Internal Model Design
Abstract
When the control signal of totem pole PFC with GaN HEMTs is a function of measurable state variables, the state feedback gain matrix can be determined by applying state variable feedback control with Ackerman formula, so that the poles of closedloop system can be allocated to the desired position. This correction method is especially beneficial to optimal system control according to performance requirements. By introducing the internal model of reference input, a state space function including the firstorder and secondorder differential of error is constructed; this novel controller makes controlled system track the reference input signal progressively with zero steadystate error. A 4 kW PFC prototype is designed to verify this design method.
1. Introduction
Generally, PFC control algorithm adopts PI control, which requires a lot of repeated debugging and depends on experience rather than mathematical tools. Applying the state variable feedback control, as long as the state variables used for feedback are measurable and the system control matrix of the state variable model is controllable, the position of the poles can be determined according to the performance requirements, and then the state feedback gain matrix can be determined according to the Ackerman formula, so that the poles can be allocated to the expected position. Compared with PI control, state variable feedback control can quickly determine control parameters and reduce debugging workload.
Increasing the control order can effectively improve the steadystate error of PFC. Usually PFC requires double integral control [1]. Internal model control adds internal model of reference input to the state variable feedback control, which enables the control system to track all kinds of reference input signals with zero steadystate error, including step signal, slope signal, and other persistent signals [2, 3]. A PFC control system requires both the magnitude of output voltage and the waveform of input current, so the internal model should include an integral cycle of voltage error and two integral cycles of current error. The PFC control model including internal model of secondorder integral cycles and state variable feedback control matrix is a fourthorder control system, so it has four poles. Because the analysis method of secondorder control system is abundant and mature, two poles of highorder control system such as fourthorder control system can be set as dominant poles. As long as the other two poles satisfy the condition , the performance of fourthorder control system can be estimated by secondorder control system; that is to say, when the absolute value of real part of dominant roots is only 1/10 or less than the nondominant, the response of the secondorder system determined by the dominant roots can be used to replace the response of the higherorder system [4, 5]. In this way, the empirical formula of the secondorder system can be used to determine the damping ratio and natural frequency according to the requirements of overshoot and adjusting time, so as to determine the dominant poles.
The key problem in the design of state variable feedback controller is whether the poles of the closedloop system can be arbitrarily allocated on the splane. These poles of the closedloop system are actually the eigenvalues of the system matrix of the state variable control model. If the system matrix can be controlled, the closedloop poles can be allocated to the desired position according to the performance requirements. The design of state feedback control law usually depends on poles assignment method known as state feedback gain matrix [6, 7]. The concept of controllability was proposed by Rudolph Kalman in 1960s [8–10]. Modern control technology can deal with systems whose state vectors are not completely controllable, but the linear combination of those state vectors or state vectors that cannot be controlled should be stable in nature. Such systems are called stabilizable systems. When the system is fully controllable, the system must be stabilizable. Other more complex state variable design methods can be applied to deal with stabilizable systems, such as Kalman state space decomposition. By using this method, the linear combination of state vectors or state vectors can be decomposed into two kinds of variables [3, 11], which are controllable and uncontrollable, so that the uncontrollable subspaces can be separated. For the uncontrollable subspace, the design of the control system can also be carried out theoretically. Modern control technology can also deal with systems whose state vectors are not completely observable, as long as the linear combination of those state vectors or state vectors that cannot be observed should be essentially stable; such systems are called detectable systems. When the system is fully observable, the system must have the detection ability. Observable controller can be designed to estimate the state variables. Similarly, the Kalman state space decomposition method can be applied to deal with the incomplete observable detection system. The state variables of the detection system can be decomposed into observable and nonobservable variables, so that the nonobservable subspace can be separated. For the nonobservable subspace, the control system design can also be theoretically done. For digital highpower totem pole PFC with GaN HEMTs, the control system model is controllable and all state variables are measurable, so it is not necessary to consider the design of observers.
When the power of PFC with Si MOSFETs is higher than 2 kW, interleaved structure is recommended [12–14] for the sake of reducing component stress and EMI [15, 16], while applying GaN HEMTs, highpower PFC without interleaved structure could achieve better performance [1]. It should be noted that the control method applied to a noninterleaved PFC is the same as the one applied to an interleaved PFC, as long as the boost converter cells of an interleaved system operate in phaseshift mode. Therefore, the control method of internal mode could be applied not only in a noninterleaved system but also in a system consisting of a group of interleaved converter cells.
2. Algorithm Design
The topology of digital highpower totem pole PFC is shown in Figure 1(a). Q1, Q2 are GaN HEMTs; T1, T2 are Si MOSFETs. Figure 1(b) is the algorithm schematic diagram of internal model design, is the inductance current, is the input voltage, is the reference voltage, is the output voltage, “PFC” is the state equation model of digital highpower totem pole PFC, illustrated in detail in Figure 1(c), e_v is the error between output voltage and reference voltage , , and are the absolute value of instantaneous value and RMS values of input voltage , respectively, Ke_v is the reference current, e is the sum of current error and voltage error, and K1, K2, K3, and K4 are the coefficients of the state variable feedback controller. The key problem in designing the state variable feedback controller is to determine these coefficients. When designing the feedback control signals, e is regarded as the error to establish the internal model.
(a) Topology of digital highpower totem pole PFC
(b) Algorithm of digital highpower totem pole PFC
(c) The detailed diagram of state variables feedback of PFC
This paper only discusses the modeling and analysis of positive period of input voltage . When is negative, the method of modeling and analysis is similar to that of positive period of input voltage .
When is positive, Q1 is off, Q2 is on, and k=0, the state space equation of PFC control system is as follows.
When Q1 is on, Q2 is off, and k=1, the state space equation of PFC control system is as follows.
According to (1), (2), and k, the unified state space equation of PFC control system can be obtained as follows.
The expression of duty ratio d can be deduced by averaging k in a switching cycle.
According to (3) and (4), the state space equation with input signal d can be written as follows.
According to [1], when , the system works at a stable point. Stability state space equation (6) could be derived as follows.
According to the perturbation theory, the control system can be linearized near the stable point, and the state variables can be decomposed into AC signals and DC signals (capital letters denote DC, small letters with superscript “~” denote AC). The linearization state space equation can be expressed as follows.
Ignoring the DC signal, the products of AC signal, and (when regarding as input signal, = 0), the state space equation of PFC microvariable signal can be derived as follows.
Assume , , . According to (8) and , the system state space equation can be deduced as follows.
The error can be linearized near the stable point; the result is as follows.
We get the two derivatives of e as follows.
According to (9), (10), and (11), the state equation of the state variable control system with internal model can be constructed as follows.
It is necessary to judge whether the constructed control system is controllable through the controllability matrix . It can be verified that , so the constructed system is controllable.
Assume that the desired poles are and ; are set as the dominant poles; in order to reduce the influence of nondominant poles on the approximate secondorder system with the dominant pole , should be satisfied. Assume and are the roots of polynomial and .
According to the empirical formula of the secondorder system, , and the corresponding relation between damping coefficient and the overshoot P.O. shown in Table 1, the value can be determined. is the adjustment time required by the system.

According to the Ackerman formula, the state feedback control gain matrix could be calculated as follows.
I is the unit matrix, whose order is the same as E. The twoorder derivative of the state feedback control law is as follows.
Getting the double integral of , the state feedback control law is as follows.
According to (15), the program of calculation of switchon time can be determined. Among these variables, v_ref, i_l, Vi, Vo, K, v_err, err, K1, K2, K3, and K4 denote , , , , , , , , , , and , and the variable period is half of the switch period value of DSP. The program is as follows.
3. Simulation with Matlab
By substituting the prototype parameters L = 0.0005H, C = 0.0023F, Ui = 230V, Uo = 385V, R = 37Ω, and = 17.4A into (9), the uncorrected system state equation (17) is as follows.
The Bode diagram, root locus, and step response of the uncorrected system can be obtained via (17); it is shown in Figure 2. From the Bode diagram shown in Figure 2(a), it can be seen that the amplitude margin is 59.7dB and the phase margin is 144deg. From the root locus shown in Figure 2(b), it can be observed that the system has a zero point in the right half plane, so the system is a nonminimum phase system, whose overshoot will be large. From the local root locus shown in Figure 2(c), it can be discovered that when the gain is greater than 0.001, the characteristic root of the system is located in the right half plane, and then the system is unstable. Figure 2(d) is the openloop step response of uncorrected system; although it is stable, the steadystate value is close to  1000V, and the overshoot is large. Figure 2(e) is the closedloop step response of the uncorrected system, which is unstable.
(a) Bode diagram of uncorrected system
(b) Root locus of uncorrected system
(c) Local root locus of uncorrected system
(d) Openloop step response of uncorrected system
(e) Closedloop step response of uncorrected system
The value of K varies from 0 to 1.414, taking K as disturbance and assuming its value is 1. By substituting the prototype parameters into (12), the state equation with internal model can be constructed as follows.
P could be calculated as follows.
It can be easily verified that rank , so the system function is controllable.
Table 1 is the corresponding relationship between the damping coefficient and the overshoot P.O when the system has no zero point in the right half plane. On the contrary, the overshoot is often larger than those shown in Table 1. After correcting, the step response of closedloop and Bode diagram can be observed when the damping coefficients are 0.7, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, and 2, respectively, and , . The improved effects are shown in Figure 3; as the damping coefficient increases, the amplitude margin and the phase margin increase accordingly in Figure 3(a), while the overshoot decreases in Figure 3(b).
(a) Bode diagrams of different damping coefficient
(b) Step responses of different damping coefficient
When , both the amplitude margin and phase margin are reasonable, the overshoot of step response is less than 20%, and the adjustment time is less than 2s. When , , and , Q can be calculated as follows.According to (13), the coefficients of state variables feedback gain matrix are as follows.
The corrected system is shown in Figure 4(a), the syso and are regarded as an openloop transfer function and a gain, respectively. In practical control, when the value of e_v is greater than 30V, its amplitude is limited to 30V, and the value of K+1 is less than or equal to 2.414, so the value of K+1— is less than 2.414, and the value of is less than 72V. The root locus and the local root locus are shown in Figure 4(b). From the local root locus, it can be seen that when the gain exceeds 75, the corrected system remains stable.
(a) Corrected system
(b) Root locus and local root locus of corrected system
4. Experiment Results
A 4 kW digital totem pole PFC prototype is shown in Figure 5.
Under different input voltage and output power conditions, the waveforms of input voltage and input current are shown in Figure 6. It can be observed that the higher the input voltage and output power, the better the input current. As shown in Figure 6(a), when the input voltage is 115 V and the output power is 2 kW, the RMS and peaktopeak value of the input current are 17.88 A and 61.2 A, respectively. As shown in Figure 6(b), when the input voltage is 230V and the output power is 4 kW, the RMS and peaktopeak value of the input current are 17.47 A and 55.6 A, respectively.
(a) Vi=115 V, P=2 kW
(b) Vi=230 V, P=4 kW
The test results of efficiency and power loss are shown in Figure 7(a). As the input voltage increases, the efficiency increases and the power loss decreases. The peak efficiency is 99.02% (230V) and 98.08% (115V) when the switching frequency is 66 kHz. As shown in Figure 7(b), when the load is more than half, the THD is below 4% regardless of whether the input voltage is 115V or 230V. The minimum THD values are 2.8% (115 V) and 2.6% (230 V), respectively.
(a) The test results of efficiency and power loss
(b) The test results of THD
5. Conclusion
Using GaN HEMTs as switching device, a prototype of 4 kW digital noninterleaved totem pole PFC based on state variable feedback control with internal model is introduced in detail in this paper. Due to the advantages of control method and GaN HEMT, the prototype achieves better performances such as efficiency, power loss, THD related to EMI, compact structure, and higher power density than the PFC based on traditional PI control with Si MOSFETs. Noninterleaved structure effectively reduces the number of devices and the cost of filtering. Therefore, the cost of totem pole PFC with GaN HEMT is not higher than the traditional PFC with Si MOSFET. It should be noted that PFC with GaN HEMT has obvious advantages in efficiency only when it works in hard switching mode of CCM, not in DCM and CRM mode. Soft switching can be achieved in DCM and CRM with Si MOSFET, and the switching loss is not large in this case. But no matter whether in CCM or DCM and CRM, PFC with GaN HEMTs achieves better performances in EMI than the one with Si MOSFETs.
Data Availability
The data used to support the findings of this study are included within the article.
Conflicts of Interest
The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.
Acknowledgments
This work was supported by the Science and Technology Projects of Guizhou Province of China (Grant No. 2014LH7050) and the Science and Technology Projects of Guizhou Education Department (Grant No. QianJiaoKe 2010018).
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