General impedance synthesizer using minimal configuration of switching converters

Joe C.P. Liu, Chi Kong Tse, Franki N.K. Poon, M. H. Pong, Y. M. Lai

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A general impedance synthesizer using a minimum number of switching converters is studied in this paper. We begin with showing that any impedance can be synthesized by a circuit consisting of only two simple power converters, one storage element (e.g., capacitor), and one dissipative element (e.g., resistor) or power source. The implementation of such a circuit for synthesizing any desired impedance can be performed by (i) programming the input current given the input voltage such that the desired impedance function is achieved; (ii) controlling the amount of power dissipation (generation) in the dissipative element (source) so as to match the required active power of the impedance to be synthesized. Then, the instantaneous power will automatically be balanced by the storage element. Such impedance synthesizers find a lot of applications in power electronics. For instance, a resistance synthesizer can be used for power factor correction (PFC), a programmable capacitor or inductor synthesizer (comprising of small high-frequency converters) can be used for control applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2005 European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Event2005 European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 28 Aug 20052 Sep 2005


Conference2005 European Conference on Circuit Theory and Design

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