Flyback DC DC Converter Basics

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Even though some authors presents flyback converter as transformer isolated boost converter, it is more closer to reality that flyback dc-dc converter can be explained as transformer isolated buck-boost converter. In order to prove this, let’s have a look at buck-boost topology.


Now, if we split inductor to form transformer, configuration look like this:


Given transformer isolated buck-boost converter can be slightly modified, so that output can be positive. In order to achieve this, we need to move main switch down, wind transformer on opposite way, and to orientate clamping diode to opposite way as well.


In this way, flyback dc-dc converter is obtained. When transformer ratio is one to one, transfer characteristic of flyback dc-dc converter is identical to buck-boost converter. In CCM, output is (when transformer ratio is 1:1)


For different transformer ratio, generally N:1, in CCM output is


When flyback transformer has purpose to transform voltage and not only to be used for galvanic isolation, flyback converter looks like in figure bellow.


Flyback transformer is like any other high frequency transformer, but with more challenging task. It needs to store energy during main switch “ON” time,


and to release energy to the load that was stored in flux, during “OFF” time.


For that reason, an air gap is necessary in many practical situation in order to avoid transformer saturation. Generally, flyback converters are applicable in situations when overall power doesn’t exceeds 250W.

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External links:

Flyback Converter on eetimes
Flyback Converter on dos4ever
Flyback Converter on mouser

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