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|Model Name:||Multi-Level Lossy PWL Inductor|
|Simulator:||This device is compatible with both the SIMetrix and SIMPLIS simulators.|
|Parts Selector Menu Location:|
|Multiple Selections:||Multiple devices can be selected and edited simultaneously.|
To configure the Multi-Level lossy PWL Inductor, follow these steps:
|Piecewise linear inductance||0,1||H||Inductance
SIMPLIS uses Piecewise linear (PWL) modeling techniques to model non-linear devices, which are defined using a table of X, Y points.Click Define... to open the table editor to define Current and Flux Linkagespoints.
To insert rows in the table, select the number of rows you want to insert and press the insert key. To delete rows, select those you want to delete and press the delete key.
|Shunt resistance||0, 1||Ω||The shunt resistance in parallel with the inductor. This resistance is included to limit the maximum frequency response of the inductor, which maximizes the simulation speed. Click Calc... to calculate this value.|
|Series resistance (ESR)||1||Ω||The equivalent series resistance (ESR)|
|Initial condition||0,1||A||Initial current at time=0|
|Use Quantity?||0,1||n/a||If checked, the model uses the specified Quantity of inductors in parallel.|
inductors in parallel.
Note: To maximize simulation speed when using SIMPLIS, place a single symbol and specify a value for this parameter instead of placing multiple inductors.
The Monte Carlo Parameters are shown and explained below.
|Inductance||0,1||%||3-sigma tolerance for the inductance value|
|Shunt resistance||0,1||%||3-sigma tolerance for the shunt resistance in parallel with the inductor. This resistance is included to limit the maximum frequency response of the inductor, which maximizes the simulation speed.|
|Probability Distribution Function||n/a||n/a||
The choices for this function for each available parameter are the following:
The Multi-Level Inductor has two levels: 0, 1. As the model level increases, so does the model complexity; and, as a rule, simulation times also increase.
Level 0 models an inductor with a parallel shunt resistance.
|Level 0 models these circuit elements||Level 0 Schematic|
Level 1 models an inductor with a parallel shunt resistance and an equivalent series resistance (ESR).
|Level 1 models these circuit elements||Level 1 Schematic|
The Multi-Level Inductor model has two quantity parameters, USE_QTY and QTY, which specify the number of inductors in parallel. Configuring these parameters minimizes the number of reactive circuit elements in the model and, therefore, provides a maximum simulation speed.
The implementation of the quantity parameter uses a "DC Transformer" technique where the inductor's terminal current is multiplied by a constant using a Current Controlled Current Source (CCCS). This technique effectively divides all resistance and inductance values by the quantity parameter (QTY). This circuitry is added if the USE_QTY parameter is set to 1.
A schematic of the quantity implementation for a Level 0 Multi-Level PWL Inductor is shown below:
An example schematic can be downloaded here: simplis_008_multi_level_pwl_inductor_example.sxsch.
Shown below is a four segment inductor taken from a data sheet curve of a typical 1uH, 10A power inductor, these are the default parameters for the symbol:
These Flux Linkage-Current point pairs are input on a PWL table dialog, which is opened by clicking on the "Define..." button:
This schematic has the datasheet curve points stored in a script located in the schematic's F11 window. After pressing F9 to run the schematic, the data sheet curves for the inductance and flux linkage are automatically generated. The script also generates the percentage error between the datasheet flux linkage and the PWL inductor flux linkage curves. The maximum flux linkage error is approximately +/-0.4%. More PWL segments could be added to reduce this error, at the expense of longer simulation times. The data sheet curve for this inductor was digitized using the Tools ▶ Digitise Data Sheet Curve...