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Duty cycle modified during simulation

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This python script example helps to understand how to change the value of a parameter during the simulation at a certain given time.

In this case, the duty cycle of a Buck converter will be modified suddenly at a certain time and the impact of this change will be observed on the output voltage.

This parameter modification is really useful to observe dynamic change.

SIMBA circuit

Below the DC-DC power converter designed inside SIMBA Desktop.


Python Script

The Python script used for showing the modification of duty cycle during simulation will do the following tasks:

  • load the DC-DC Buck converter from SIMBA design examples
  • enable both voltage and current scopes for R1 parameter (load resistor)
  • define a number of points (here 15000) which represents the intermediate time allowing to set up the sudden change of the duty cycle value. This set of points needs to be modified in order to change this “intermediate time”.
  • run the simulation with an initial duty cycle = 0.5
  • define a new duty cycle = 0.7 and continue to run the first simulation at the intermediate time defined
  • retrieve the output voltage across R1 and plot the output voltage showing the modification of the duty cycle value during the simulation at a certain given time


Below the result of the output voltage once the simulation is over through the Python script:


As we can see, the output voltage is impacted a lot by the duty cycle modification. This confirms the theory about Buck converter (V_{out} = D \times V_{in} \times where D is the duty cycle.)

In our case, we have defined a set of points = 15000 to represents the intermediate time when parameter value is modified. In this case, this leads to a time of around 27 ms.

As we can see at t = 27ms, the output voltage increases because the duty cycle value suddenly increases as well.