I have a few questions regarding variable power supply units powering boost converter circuits with transformers and the relationship between input power and output power.
I have a PSU supplying power to a boost converter (circuit and transformer - as the above simplified schematic) which is converting the input voltage to approx. 20kV, and at the open circuit (no load where the variable resistor is) the PSU is supplying 3.21W.
When I attach a 10M\$ \Omega \$ load across the secondary coil of the transformer (the output, where the variable resistor is) the PSU supply increases to 3.29W. If I then attach a 1M\$ \Omega \$ load the PSU supply increases to 3.41W. The PSU input power increases as I decrease the output load all the way down to about 50\$\Omega\$.
Q1. If I measure the power across the variable resistor can this be related to the PSU input supply? (i.e If at 10M\$ \Omega \$ the power dissipated across the resistor is 0.01W and the PSU is supplying 3.29W. Every time thereafter the PSU supply is 3.29W can I infer that there is 0.01W dissipating across the load attached to the secondary coil, or the transformer is producing 0.01W power when the input is 3.29W, the transformer and circuit are 0.3% efficient at that PSU input power?)
Q2. If I have a resistor that I don’t know what the resistance is and place it across the secondary coil (where the variable resistor is) and the PSU supply reads 3.26W, can I conclude that the value of that resistor is between Open Circuit and 10M\$ \Omega \$? If I was to measure the PSU supply at different resistances between Open Circuit and 10M\$ \Omega \$ (200M, 100M 50M etc) and find where the PSU reading is the same, could I say that is the resistance of that unknown resistor?
Q3. Is the open circuit power demand of the transformer the lowest it could possibly be or is it possible that the PSU can provide a power lower than the open circuit value (i.e lower than 3.21W open circuit value) if a specific load is attached (inductor, capacitor etc)?