Stability Study of PWM Feedback Systems

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E. I. Jury

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Calif.

T. Nishimura

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

J. Basic Eng 86(1), 80-86 (Mar 01, 1964) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3653118 History: Received July 19, 1963; Online November 03, 2011


A fundamental equation which yields the limit-cycle feature of PWM feedback system is derived in this paper. The application of this equation to obtain the response of the autonomous as well as the forced PWM system is indicated. The application of this fundamental equation to other types of nonlinear sampled-data feedback systems is also demonstrated. The maximum mode of the limit cycles that can exist in relay-mode oscillations of PWM systems as well as the limitations on the maximum period is obtained in this paper. Based on the foregoing derivations, the sufficient conditions for eliminating all saturated oscillations is derived. The experimental study performed on the digital computer confirms the theoretical results. Stability curves for certain PWM systems are being calculated which will aid considerably in this design. The basic advantage of PWM controllers on relay sampled-data systems with regard to sensitivity and stability is well pointed out in this paper as well as a few examples illustrating the application of the fundamental equations derived.

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