Study of bifurcations in current-programmed dc/dc boost converters: from quasi-periodicity to period-doubling

C. William, Y. Chan, Chi Kong Tse

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This paper studies the bifurcation paths exhibited by a simple second-order dc/dc boost converter under current-programmed control with and without voltage feedback. Previous work in this area has reported two distinct types of bifurcation paths, namely via regions of quasi-periodic orbits and perioddoubling. This paper demonstrates that the two different types of bifurcation paths can, in fact, be viewed as part of another bifurcation in which the quasi-periodic sequence transmutes into the period-doubling sequence, and that such a bifurcation is observed regardless of the presence of the outer voltage feedback loop as long as a suitable set of bifurcation parameters is chosen. The describing iterative map is derived in closed form and is used to develop the main results via a series of computer experiments. The characteristic multipliers are calculated and the first onset of flip-bifurcation is predicted. Computer simulation based on an exact piecewise switched model confirms the predicted bifurcations. The exhibition of quasi-periodic orbits is confirmed by computation of the Lyapunov exponent. Finally, a series of return maps are generated to provide an alternative viewpoint to the reported bifurcations in terms of a transmutation from a tent-like map to a logistic-like map.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1129-1142
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Fundamental Theory and Applications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997


  • Bifurcation chaos
  • Boost converter
  • Current-programmed control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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