While simulating a flyback converter, I find that even in saturation mode the MOSFET, in spite of having Rds(on) around 0.74 ohms and the Ids = 5.75mA, is dropping almost the entire drain supply input voltage. The snubber circuit and the sense resister also consumes very less power.

Looks like a newbie query but I am not able to answer, is this high Vds in saturation mode expected, if yes, why? Is it because the power is a pulsating one ? Can a floating gate destroy a MOSFET? Practically I found Vds = 1.4V, does that mean the MOSFET is bad ?

DC Analysis

Transient Analysis DC analysis Analysis using oscilloscope

  • \$\begingroup\$ You may wish to change W and H for the MOS to some more appropiate numbers... or just choose a model for it, say IRF840 (some quick, random example). \$\endgroup\$ – a concerned citizen Jul 29 '18 at 5:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @aconcernedcitizen : I have tried with many models, almost same result. I will give a go tho. \$\endgroup\$ – seccpur Jul 29 '18 at 5:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ If the VM3 trace is to be believed, the FET is on all the time and you're simply modulating its saturation current. In a flyback, you turn it on, and off. \$\endgroup\$ – Neil_UK Jul 29 '18 at 6:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @neil_uk: VM3 is pulse train going from 12V - 0V although the plot due multiple signals don't look like one. \$\endgroup\$ – seccpur Jul 29 '18 at 8:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Have you tried adding an earth node to the circuit? \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Jul 29 '18 at 10:12

it seems that VM3 is not pulled to ground from the graph, thus the mosfet is not able to turn off. can you plot it seperately?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry for the late response. The VG1 pulse train, hence VM3, runs from 0v to 12V, but the graph plot looks messed up may be because of the multiple graphs. \$\endgroup\$ – seccpur Jul 30 '18 at 1:24

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