I was reading about the selection of output capacitors at the output of buck converters and found this Link
The accepted answer states that before I select an output capacitor, we must fix the desired ripple current and then choose the inductor based on the ripple current.
- How to choose and fix the ripple current? Should we just assume the ripple current to be 20 to 40% of Iout max current as mentioned in the TI App Note and proceed with those calculation steps.
I am not sure I get this. I always thought that the selection of output capacitor was based on ripple voltage.
For example, If I have an IC Whose Vcc ranges from 0.8V to 1.2V and typical Vcc is 1V. My Buck will produce 1V with a ripple that must not exceed the Min and Max Vcc of the IC. So, my ripple should be less than 200mV. So, here, obviously our ripple voltage is very important. If the ripple voltage is very high, then our 1V IC may get damaged. But we also calculate ripple current.
- How is the ripple current more important that the ripple voltage. What happens if we have high ripple current and low ripple current?
So, I think we would select a capacitor based on our calculated ripple voltage (To be less than 200mV).
- So, is our estimate of Inductor ripple current same as the output capacitor ripple current ?
I tried other app notes also. But I couldn't find a formula that mentions the calculation of output capacitor ripple current. And can someone tell me how output ripple voltage and output capacitor ripple current are related and which is calculated first and based on what parameter.