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I'm using LM63460 to create a buck with a high Vin range 3V-36V and also very different load conditions (from 0.1A to 5A).
Using the .xlsm given by TI it's relatively easy to tune the whole thing.

Here's a screenshot :

What I'd like to know is if the local minimum in phase near 2000Hz is a problem. Could this create ringing?
Technically I would think with an open loop gain A near 40dB it wouldn't affect much but I prefer asking in case.

I can always raise the feedforward capacitor and bump the output capacitance to a value higher, but would prefer not to if not necessary as this adds additional issue with space on the circuit board.
I'm tuning for 0.1A as it is the most bothersome.

First you could define limits for ringing. But then the simulation doesn't tell either. I would make the circuit and look at it with a scope to find out whether it is working satisfactory with varying load (pulse generator or so).
Probably you want multiple output capacitors of different capacity parallel to each other in order to reduce RF ripple. 110 uF can be one 100 uF MLCC plus a 10 uF MLCC. At 2.2 MHz one cap may not be enough. Also a 100 uF MLCC can be as low as 50 uF with 5 V DC.
And one could try some peaking network parallel to the 100K feedback resistor.

Regards, Dieter


--- Quote from: dietert1 on April 16, 2024, 08:00:28 pm ---And one could try some peaking network parallel to the 100K feedback resistor.

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Yes, may be not clear in the excel schematic but the CFF capacitor is destined to be parallel with the RFB resistor.
Not a network though.

Indeed for the capacitor derating I wondered if I'd be better using some low ESR alu electrolytics in parallel with some ceramics to further lower ESR.

But still, my main "worry" is that the phase margin is a little bit too close to 180° near 2kHz.
The phase margin, strictly speaking, is okay though, but should I not take a risk and already bump capacitance higher and eliminate this to make at least everything higher than 45° before the crossover frequency?

The Pololu buck converters i have been using for making TEC ovens have six output caps: one 180 uF electrolyte and two larger MLCCs (maybe one 47 uF, one 10 uF). On the bottom there are three smaller MLCCs arranged as a lumped line, maybe 1 uF each. The inductor is 6.8 uH nominal and the converter is meant for up to 3.2 A output.

Their 5 V, 5 A version would be D36V50F5 and it has 15 output capacitors - among them a 330uF polymer electrolyte. The inductor is 2.2 uH. Images online.

Bonjour, do you know about secorder sstems control theory, poles, zeros, and phase margin?

TI specs and app notes should give all info needed. Did you study it?

Suggest to use Use worst case design

Vin = min/max
Iout = min/max

For each of the 4 scenarios, calc load, R adj Vin, make bode plots and extract worst case phase margin.

Adjust compensation feedback to achieve a critical damped or overdamped response.

Normally change of the load capacitor is sufficient.

Faster to built it and test on the bench.

Bon chance



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