Modelling and Simulation in Engineering

Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 798395, 6 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/798395

## Chaotic Behavior in a Switched Dynamical System

^{1}Laboratoire Toulousain des Technologies et Ingénierie des Systèmes (LATTIS), INSA, 135 Avenue de Rangueil, 31077 Toulouse Cedex 4, France^{2}LabSIV-FS, University Ibn Zohr, P. O. Box 28/S, Agadir 80000, Morocco^{3}ESSI, ENSA, University Ibn Zohr, P. O. Box 1136, Agadir 80000, Morocco

Received 4 September 2007; Revised 1 January 2008; Accepted 6 February 2008

Academic Editor: Igor Kotenko

Copyright © 2008 Fatima El Guezar and Hassane Bouzahir. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

#### Abstract

We present a numerical study of an example of piecewise linear systems that constitute a class of hybrid systems. Precisely, we study the chaotic dynamics of the voltage-mode controlled buck converter circuit in an open loop. By considering the voltage input as a bifurcation parameter, we observe that the obtained simulations show that the buck converter is prone to have subharmonic behavior and chaos. We also present the corresponding bifurcation diagram. Our modeling techniques are based on the new French native modeler and simulator for hybrid systems called Scicos (Scilab connected object simulator) which is a Scilab (scientific laboratory) package. The followed approach takes into account the hybrid nature of the circuit.

#### 1. Introduction

Hybrid dynamical systems (HDSs) have attracted considerable attention in recent years. HDS arise from the interaction between continuous variable systems (i.e., systems that can be described by a difference or differential equation) and discrete event systems (i.e., systems where the state transitions are initiated by events that occur at discrete time instants). Switched piecewise linear systems are an important class of hybrid systems that are simple and can have very rich and typical nonlinear dynamics such as bifurcations and chaos. As example, DC-DC switching converters are switched piecewise linear systems [1]. The three basic power electronic converters buck, boost, and buck-boost are variable structure systems that are highly nonlinear. This kind of piecewise model may present nonlinear phenomena such as bifurcations and chaos. The study of nonlinear dynamics of DC-DC converters started in 1984 by Brockett's and Wood's research [2]. Since then, chaos and nonlinear phenomena in power electronic circuits have stolen the spotlight and have attracted the attention of different research groups. Different nonlinear phenomena were investigated such as flip bifurcation or period doubling and its related route to chaos [3–5] or quasiperiodicity route to chaos [6, 7] as well as border collision bifurcation [1–3, 6–16]. There are many modeling techniques, programming languages, and design toolsets for HDS. To model and simulate our HDS, we use Scicos (Scilab connected object simulator) which is a Scilab package for modeling and simulation of dynamical systems including both continuous and discrete time subsystems [17, 18]. Scilab (scientific laboratory) is a scientific software package for numerical computations that provides a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications [10]. It has been developed at INRIA and ENPC and is freely available for download. This paper aims to study and analyze some dynamic phenomena that can occur in the voltage-mode controlled buck converter. We also show from Scicos simulations that variation of the voltage input can lead to a particular route to chaos. In Section 2, the general equation of a hybrid dynamical system is briefly recalled. In Section 3, we explain the operation of the voltage-mode controlled buck converter. Then, we introduce the state equations of the circuit in question. In Section 4, we comment on the obtained Scicos simulations. We end by some concluding remarks.

#### 2. Hybrid Dynamical System

The evolution of an autonomous hybrid dynamical system can be described by [19]where is the continuous state vector, denotes the discrete state, and is the previous discrete state. The state space is , and the initial state is supposed belonging to the set of initial conditions . The function describes the change of the discrete state. The change from one distinct discrete state to another is called a transition or a switch. A transition between two states and occurs if reaches the switch set . Among important classes of hybrid systems, there are piecewise linear systems that are described bywhere and are matrices depending on .

#### 3. Voltage-Mode Controlled Buck Converter

##### 3.1. Operation of Voltage-Mode Controlled Buck Converter

A voltage feedback buck converter is represented in Figure 1. It consists of a basic RLC circuit, a diode, and a switching element . The aim of the circuit is to maintain a desired voltage, across the load resistance , lower than the input voltage . This can be realized by the relieve of feedback PWM control. The PWM control of a switched converter is achieved by obtaining a control voltage , as a linear combination of the output capacitor voltage and a reference signal in the form of where is the gain of the error amplifier. The control voltage is compared with an externally generated sawtooth wave given byThe output of this comparator is used to determine the state of the switch S, in such way that S is off when and is on when .

##### 3.2. State Equations

When operating in continuous conduction mode (CCM), two switch states can be identified as follows:

(i) switch off and diode on;(ii) switch on and diode off. Whether the switch is on or off, the buck converter can always be described as a second-order linear system, whose states are the voltage across the capacitor, and the current along the inductor. The general equation that models operation of the buck converter takes the formFor and , we obtain the following two systems of differential equations:whereand is the vector of the state variables.

The border function is given byTherefore, the switching sections of each subsystem and are given byThe buck converter in CCM switches between two systems and if the state reaches the switching sections and . Figures 2 and 3 show the corresponding Scicos schematic diagram and the transition diagram, respectively.

##### 3.3. Simulation Results and Comments

We choose the parameter values: ?mH, microseconcds, , , , ?V, ?V, and ?V. We consider the input voltage ?V as a parameter of bifurcation. By varying , the circuit changes its qualitative behavior from a stable periodic system to another situation that exhibits chaos. At first, using Scicos we draw the one-parameter bifurcation diagram given in Figure 4 where the input voltage is the bifurcation parameter and the sampled is the variable. By increasing , we observe at first glance that the displayed diagram (Figure 4) shows a period doubling route to chaos. However, after a clear 4- periodic operation, instead of appearance of an immediate 8- periodic operation, the system follows a 7- periodic operation. This means that border collision bifurcation comes into play and interrupts the normal period doubling cascade. Here, this type of bifurcation is characterized by the intersection of the bifurcation diagram with the upper border line defined by Figure 4 shows clearly the occurrence of this phenomenon at around the critical value ?V.

For different increasing values of , we give the capacitor voltage wave form and its corresponding phase plane -.

By choosing ?V, we get a fundamental periodic operation. This periodic regime is possible just for small values of . Figures 5 and 6 show the fundamental periodic operation. Figure 5 displays the capacitor voltage wave form, and Figure 6 gives the corresponding phase plane.

For ?V and ?V, subharmonic operation has been found. Figures 7 and 8 present 2- periodic subharmonic operation, whereas Figures 9 and 10 illustrate 4- periodic subharmonic operation.

However, the chaotic operation is given for ?V. Figure 11 indicates a chaotic signal with infinite order, and Figure 12 shows the phase plane - that corresponds to a chaotic attractor. In order to qualify this chaotic behavior for beyond ?V, we have also computed the Lyapunov exponents from time series for a voltage range 41–47?V (see Table 1).

Actually, it was shown in [9] that most controlled DC-DC converters like the voltage-mode controlled buck converter can be represented by piecewise smooth maps and such type of maps generates robust chaos, defined by the absence of periodic windows and coexisting attractors in some neighborhood of parameter space.

#### 4. Conclusion

This article has illustrated a Scicos numerical study of the voltage-mode controlled buck converter that is modeled by a hybrid system. Variations of the voltage input can lead to a particular route to chaos; the system pursues a period doubling bifurcation that is interrupted by border collision after a - periodic operation.

The purpose of studying the hybrid aspect of this circuit is to interest people working on hybrid dynamical systems domain, which may have some applications, especially, in information transmission. Also, the paper will attract the attention of readers that work with Scilab/Scicos for modeling and simulation of hybrid dynamical systems. It is true that [18] given in this paper is a good reference on this matter. However, our paper is concerned with another computational view which is the numerical study of route to chaos in a hybrid system that is different from the one studied in [18]; displaying a bifurcation diagram, for instance, is a more complex numerical study that is not included in [18].

#### Acknowledgments

This work is revised within a Moroccan-Spanish cooperation framework under Grant no. A/6827/06. The authors would like to thank Dr. Abdelali El Aroudi for his helpful discussions and the anonymous referees for valuable comments and suggestions. The first author Ph.D. research program is partially supported by a grant from CNRST-Morocco.

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