This study presents a novel control scheme for voltage regulation of a negative output cascade ultra-lift Luo converter (NOCULLC). Due to the complicated high order model of the converter, its performance is degraded against large load variations, input voltage changes and parametric uncertainties. In order to enhance the converter behavior, a PI compensator and a sliding mode current controller are combined to control the fourth order NOCULLC worked in a wide range of operating conditions. Because of the non-minimum phase structure of the converter, the output voltage of the converter is indirectly regulated by enforcing the input inductor current to track its reference signal. The sliding mode current controller improves the dynamic and static performances of the converter by minimizing the inrush current of the input inductor of the converter and also, the PI controller eliminates the steady state error of the output voltage of the converter. The closed loop system stability is demonstrated by using sliding mode theory. Furthermore, this paper proposes a systematic procedure to compute the gains of the controller based on the stability constraints which guarantees robustness of the developed controller. The experimental results show the robustness and effectiveness of the proposed controller against parametric variations and uncertainties of the converter. Also, a comprehensive comparison of the general aspects of the properties between the developed method and other existed controllers is provided.
Keywords: Controller design; DC/DC converter; NOCULLC; Nonlinear control.
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