Steve Mays

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Committee Chair

Yuri Shtessel

Committee Member

Dashen Shen

Committee Member

Robert Lindquist


Electronic apparatus and appliances--Power supply., Electric current converters., Power electronics., Nonlinear control theory., Light emitting diodes.


LEDs are nonlinear P-N junction devices that are powered in series connected arrays from controlled DC-DC converters. To develop sufficient voltage to power the LEDs and follow an external command signal, a voltage boosting converter is used. There are three challenges preventing a boost converter from being able to track a command signal: the internal dynamics of a boost converter are unstable, the boost converter components values can vary, and the LED load is very nonlinear. To control the unstable boost converter, a super twisting control is introduced in concert with dynamic sliding manifold approach, designed, and tested. Via simulations, the controller is shown to be able to track the output command even with component value changes.



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