New Tunable Piezoelectric Transformers and their Application in dc-dc Converters
The proposed Tunable PT uses the same structure as the radial PT, however, an additional piezoelectric section (control layer) is sandwiched between the existing primary and secondary layers, as shown in Fig. 1. A change in the control capacitance modifies the primary series capacitance of the control layer, thus changing the resonant frequency of the piezoelectric transformer structure. To implement this, a control scheme has been proposed, as shown in Fig. 2 with an external cap whose value can be regulated from 2 nF - 100 nF using duty cycle control.
The proposed design is implemented on hardware using a 30W TPT developed by Micromechatronics, Inc., PA and is shown in Fig. 3. With the nominal voltage of 220 V DC, an operating frequency of 82.5 kHz and a nominal load of 105 &Omega, the output voltage is regulated at 55 V using the constant frequency control.
This paper introduces the concept behind new tunable piezoelectric transformers and demonstrates their implementation in the design of dc-dc converters. The proposed control scheme provides a way to regulate the output voltage using a fixed frequency control and without isolation in the control circuit.