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# Query - LT3759 SEPIC Converter Output regulates to 23V instead of 28V for an load current of 3.5A.

Hi,

We are using SEPIC convert LT3759 in one of products to generate 28V/3.5A output for an input voltage range - 20 - 33Vin.

For an input voltage of about 20V the SEPIC output regulates to 23V for 3.5A load instead of 28V.

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• Hello,

without going into detail: if your Vout decreases with decreasing Vin i would suspect your current limit setting is not sufficient for the demanded Pout. Check Vou behaviour over varyiing Vin to proof my assumption.
You can check your circuit possible/available output power with a LTSpice simulation.

• Hello Markus,

As per datasheet, the switch current will limited by the Rsense value, which is set as 3mOhms.

When Vin=20V, for an 3.5A load current, the maximum switch current arrived by calculation was 8.5Amps (IL1(5A)+IL2(3.5A) = 8.5A). In such a case, a 3mohm resistor will allow up to 12A switch current (by considering current limit threshold with a 20% margin. Rsense = 40mV/3mohms)

Further, as per datasheet statement, if Vsense reaches a maximum threshold of 50mV, then comparator A6 will reset SR1 and turn-off the switch immediately.  but converter output regulates to 23V. I assume that problem is not with current limit resistor.

• Hello,

the mentioned 3mOhm seems ok for desired output power. Are you sure the signal from Sense reistsor is clean and well routed in the pcb layout?

Does the circuit achieve the desired 28V if you increase your input voltage?

As I cannot see the value of external components (resolution too bad) I refer to my 2nd hint: Please 'rebuilt' your circuit in LTSpice and check simulation results and compare with your real results. Maybe simulation unveils your problem

• The desired 28v output is achieved when the input voltage is above 24V.
When the voltage is reduced below 24V,the output voltage begins to dip.
In simulation,the output is perfect for 20V input also.
PCB Layout are well routed.
Coupling capacitor value = 20uF (previously 2.2uF)
Independent Inductor value = 20uH (previously 10uH)
Rsense Resistor value = 1mohms (previously 3mohms)
Switching frequency was reduced from 600KHz to 300KHz.
Still the output voltage dip was there when the input voltage given was below 24V.
Refer the attched design scheme (initial Scheme) and provide your feedback
We are suspecting voltage compensation for this instability. Could you please share the calculation sheet for selecting RC for VC pin of LT3759?

• Further to the above comment, we have tested with the following conditions,

Coupling capacitor value = 20uF
Rsense Resistor value = 3mohms
Switching frequency = 600KHz

Compensation Pin Resistor Value = 9.76K

Compensation Pin Capacitor Value = 10nF

SEPIC output voltage was configured to 28V output for 20-33V input.

But at 20V input for 3.5 A load, the output voltage is only around 23.9V.During this condition the duty cycle was operating at around 80% due to this after ten minutes of continuously ON, the mosfet was failed. But as per the calculation the maximum duty cycle is only around 58%.

• Team,