Power delivery in systems with lossy cables or interconnects
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Long resistive cables used in the operation of remote instrumentation impose fundamental limits on the amount of power delivered and create difficulties in voltage regulation at the remote-end (voltage at the end of the cable) with changing load conditions. This type of power delivery is used in many engineering systems such as in the operation of underwater remotely-operated vehicles, in oil drilling and mining industries, and in highly distributed systems (aircraft, submarines, and space stations, etc.). The focus of this research is to develop new approaches for power delivery in systems that have considerable voltage drops between the local and remote-ends.Two novel methods of power delivery based on state feedback control and parallel operation of switching and linear regulators to enhance stability and increase the power delivered at the remote-end are developed and validated experimentally.A system-level approach is developed to control the remote-end voltage for changing load conditions through the usage of a model inversion technique at the local-end along with a feedback of the local-end variables.