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RAMOS-PAJA, C. A; GIRAL, R  and  CARREJO, C. Active pre-filters for dc/dc Boost regulators. Ing. Investig. [online]. 2014, vol.34, n.2, pp.49-54. ISSN 0120-5609.

This paper proposes an active pre-filter to mitigate the current harmonics generated by classical dc/dc Boost regulators, which generate current ripples proportional to the duty cycle. Therefore, high output voltage conditions, i.e., high voltage conversion ratios, produce high current harmonics that must be filtered to avoid damage or source losses. Traditionally, these current components are filtered using electrolytic capacitors, which introduce reliability problems because of their high failure rate. The solution introduced in this paper instead uses a dc/dc converter based on the parallel connection of the Boost canonical cells to filter the current ripples generated by the Boost regulator, improving the system reliability. This solution provides the additional benefits of improving the overall efficiency and the voltage conversion ratio. Finally, the solution is validated with simulations and experimental results.

Keywords : Boost regulator; parallel connection; active pre-filter; dc/dc power converter.

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