Seshadri, S., & Scott, J. B. (2019). Pulse-shaping feed-forward-compensated generator. Presented at the 2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference, Conference held Auckland, New Zealand.
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A typical electrical stimulator has a battery, step-up converter, voltage regulator, pulse generator with a micro-controller providing the clocking signal. This outputs a step response with a specified amplitude and pulse-width. In this work, Single-Ended Primary Inductance Converter (SEPIC) and Cuk converter are built to output a step response without the requirement of a voltage regulator and a pulse generator. The transfer function of both instruments predict a step response that will overshoot but settle to steady-state. This is true when the drive is of a fixed duty cycle. We show that the overshoot can be reduced or completely removed by sending an irregular pulse waveform to the drive, determined from the transfer function of the converters. Sufficiently adjusting the duty cycles of drive pulses forces the converter to rapidly reach steady-state value. As a result, a programmable converter delivers a well-formed pulse of specific length without the need for additional circuitry.
This is an author’s accepted version of an article presented at 2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference