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Prof. Adrian Olaru
University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania
I'm happy to take on the position of editor in chief of IJMO. It's a journal that shows promise of becoming a recognized journal in the area of modelling and optimization. I'll work together with the editors to help it progress.
IJMO 2019 Vol.9(3): 122-127 ISSN: 2010-3697
DOI: 10.7763/IJMO.2019.V9.696

Direct Modeling of Inductor Saturation Behavior in a SPICE-Like Transient Analysis

P. Winkler and W. Günther
Abstract—In this paper we demonstrate how the saturation behavior of an inductor can be directly inserted as a software function into the mathematical description of a circuit and included in a SPICE-like numerical simulation. Within the numerical computation of the circuit the inductance value changes in dependence on the actual inductor current, following the real life behavior of the choke. The shown procedure leads to more exact and realistic simulation results then assuming the inductance to be a constant value, which is the common way in SPICE-programs. Based on an example choke we show how any saturation curve, derived from measurement data or core manufacturer information, can be inserted in a computational model of the inductance. This is a significant advantage over the possibilities to model inductor saturation, which different SPICE programs are offering, what is also shown in the paper. On the application of a boost converter the impact of the consideration of the saturation on the simulation result is presented and compared to a simulation with a constant inductor.

Index Terms—Circuit modeling, inductor saturation, SPICE, transient simulation.

P. Winkler and W. Günther are with Acal BFi Germany GmbH, Germany


Cite: P. Winkler and W. Günther, "Direct Modeling of Inductor Saturation Behavior in a SPICE-Like Transient Analysis," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 122-127, 2019.

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