How to make a triangle wave "on paper"?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by paultwang, Apr 19, 2006.

1. paultwang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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I need to simulate a circuit using OrCAD. The problem is I don't have a triangle wave voltage source. All components are ideal so generators based on noise oscillation do not work. Please recommend a method to generate triangle wave at specified frequency.

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3. Papabravo Expert

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In the real world:
What is the integral of a step function? A ramp!
What is the integral of a negative step function? A negative ramp!
Put a positive step and a negative step together and you have a square wave.
Integrate the squarewave and you'll get a triangle wave, almost certainly.

In the simulated world:
You can specify a pulse generator with a very long rise time and a very long fall time and a frequency such that the rise time is half the period and the fall time is half the period, and behold the magical mystical TRIANGLE wave.

Very clever these simulators.

4. Mazaag Senior Member

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I was thinking maybe you could make a square wave relaxation oscillator, then feed it into an integrator. Yes I know the opamp requires noise to start of.. what you could do is put a voltage source with a very small value (say micro volts) into the non-inverting terminal. That will give you the intial rail voltage required to start up the relaxation oscillator...

Papa please tell me if anything I said up there makes sense ....

paul don't read anything I said up there till Papa says its okay to..

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Fine by me