Zeta Converter – Circuit Diagram, Working & Advantages

What is Zeta Converter?

A Zeta converter is a type of dc-to-dc converter used to obtain a regulated dc power supply from an unregulated dc power supply. Similar to buck-boost, Cuk, and SEPIC converters zeta converters also have the ability to either step up or step down the input dc supply depending upon the duty cycle.

Similar to other dc-to-dc converters, a zeta converter achieves a regulated output by exchanging energy between the capacitors and inductors. The amount of energy exchanged is controlled by a switch by changing its duty cycle. Let us see the circuit design and operation of a zeta converter.

Circuit Diagram of Zeta Converter :

The below figure shows the schematic diagram of a zeta converter. It consists of two inductors, a capacitor, and a diode. The circuit of the zeta converter is almost similar to a single-ended primary-inductor converter (SEPIC) except in the place of the diode in SEPIC, there is an inductor in the zeta converter, and in the place of the second inductor in SEPIC, there is a diode in zeta converter.

Zeta Converter

The capacitor C1 acts as the bridge between the input and output sides of the converter. It also isolates input and output sides from each other. Generally, a transistor (MOSFET or IGBT or BJT) is used as the switch in dc-to-dc converters, due to low power loss, higher input impedance, and simple driver circuitry MOSFETs are mostly used.

The MOSFET switching is controlled by PWM pulses applied at the gate terminal and feedback taken from the output so that the desired regulated output will be obtained.

Working of Zeta Converter :

Initially, before starting the circuit operation, it is to be assumed that all the energy-storing components in the circuit i.e., inductors and capacitors, do not have any energy in them. To easily understand and simplify the working of the zeta converter, the operation of the circuit is divided into four modes.

Mode-1 (MOSFET is ON) :

When MOSFET is triggered by applying a voltage higher than the threshold voltage at the gate terminal. The source current start flowing through MOSFET, inductor L1, and back to the source as shown below.

Zeta Converter

During this state, the flow of current through the inductor L1 makes it charge. Thus inductor L1 will store energy supplied by the source with the polarity as shown above. No source current is supplied to the load in this mode.

Mode-2 (MOSFET is OFF) :

When the MOSFET is turned OFF by removing its gate signal, the source current stops flowing through the inductor L1. Since an inductor doesn’t allow a sudden change in current through it, the polarity of the inductor gets reversed according to Lenz law i.e., positive becomes negative, and negative becomes positive.

Now the inductor L1 starts realizing its stored energy with reversed polarity. Due to this diode will be forward biased and it permits the flow of inductor current through it. Thus the energy from the inductor L1 will flow through the diode and to the capacitor C1 as shown below.

Zeta Converter

The series capacitor C1 starts charging by the energy supplied by inductor L1. Here we can notice how a capacitor gets charged by dc current, the current provided by the inductor is not constant dc which will be decreasing in nature. Thus energy from the inductor L1 gets transferred to capacitor C1.

Mode-3 (MOSFET is ON) :

Again when MOSFET is switched ON, the discharged inductor L1 gets charged by the source as seen in mode-1. Also in this state, the charged capacitor C1 in the previous mode starts discharging through inductor L2, load, source, and back to capacitor C1 as shown below.

Zeta Converter

The capacitor C1 will supply its energy to the inductor L2 and load. Thus the load gets power in this mode and inductor L2 gets charged. The diode will remain in OFF-state due to reverse voltage.

Mode-4 (MOSFET is OFF) :

Once MOSFET is turned OFF again, mode-2 will be repeated i.e., the inductor L1 reverses its polarity and charges the discharged capacitor C1 through the diode. Along with it, the inductor L2 also reverses its polarity due to a sudden change in current and starts providing power to the load through the same diode as shown below.

Zeta Converter

In this way, the MOSFET is turned ON and OFF at a regular interval by applying and removing gate signals so that a regulated dc power will be supplied to the load. From the above four operation modes of the zeta converter, we can say that,

  • When MOSFET is in the ON state, inductors L1 and L2 get charged by source and capacitor C1 respectively.
  • When MOSFET is in OFF-state, capacitor C1 gets charged by inductor L1 and inductor L2 supplies energy to the load.

The below shows the waveforms for the MOSFET gate signal (Vgate), MOSFET current (IMOSFET), inductors current (IL1 and IL2), diode current (ID), and capacitor current (IC1).

Zeta Converter

Advantages of Zeta Converter :

  • The feedback loop of the zeta converter is stable which provides an accurate output voltage even under a wide range of voltages.
  • It provides better efficiency and better voltage gain than the regular buck-boost converter.
  • It is a buck-boost type converter, which means we can step up and step down the voltage.
  • Low output ripple compared to a SEPIC converter.
  • The polarity of output voltage remains unchanged unlike buck-boost and Cuk converters.
  • Continuous output current.

Disadvantages of Zeta Converter :

  • Requirement of large capacitor since all the power needs to be transferred through it.
  • The input current is discontinuous, which is not desired for some applications.

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