Applicability and limitations of an M2Spice-assisted planar-magnetics-in-the-circuit simulation approach

Samantha J. Gunter, Minjie Chen, Stephanie A. Pavlick, Rose A. Abramson, Khurram K. Afridi, David J. Perreault

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Abstract

Planar magnetics design for power electronics naturally involves many tradeoffs, especially in the selection of the core size, winding structure and printed circuit board stackup. Magnetics-in-the-circuit SPICE simulations can facilitate quick magnetics design evaluation and iteration. This paper introduces and evaluates a planar-magnetics-in-the-circuit simulation approach with an M2Spice software tool, which has been developed based on an earlier presented Modular Layer Model (MLM) analysis approach [1]. M2Spice converts the magnetics geometry into a SPICE netlist, which can be simulated with other circuit elements in a power converter under a unified setup. This paper presents an analysis of the applicability and limitations of this approach across wide frequency bands, followed by an evaluation of the accuracy of the SPICE simulation results (by comparing the simulation results to finite-element-modeling (FEM) results and experimental measurements). Multiple planar magnetics prototypes are designed, modeled, simulated, built, and measured, with results reported and discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1138-1147
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781467383936
DOIs
StatePublished - May 10 2016
Event31st Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016 - Long Beach, United States
Duration: Mar 20 2016Mar 24 2016

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC
Volume2016-May

Other

Other31st Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC 2016
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach
Period3/20/163/24/16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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