I'm trying to find a way of building a new power supply for my workshop, in order to keep it small and not so hot I will be using a spare xformer to step down mains to 24v and then a variable buck converter to adjust it (and CC mode, displays and blinky stuff).
I thought it would be a good idea to use a linear regulator on the output stage to smooth things out, but I can't seem to think of a control scheme that allows me to change the voltage using only one potentiometer. The buck stage is this topology but with a external PNP transistor.(It has already been prototyped, it works alright, I know the mc34063A is old)
The only idea I got that ""works"" is using the buck converter output as a reference for a linear regulator (IC or discrete parts), but using a SMPS output as reference for anything is a bad idea, due to the amount of noise and fluctuations.
This is the sort of output stage I can and have built (or bought) over time. Just a big discrete regulator.
In short: How to control a MC34063A step down (buck) converter so it follows the output stage +1-3 V of headroom.