Pulsating direct current

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by Lightfire, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Lightfire

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2010
    Hello guys,

    I have seen Pulsating direct current I guess a months ago but never have any interest of it, my fault.:D

    It says that it is like a direct current however varies in intensity at a regular interval time.:D

    What does this mean, please? So it's like that for example the regular interval time is one second, then for every one second interval the current stops and back again and so?

    Where can I get that kind of current? Batteries also?

    Please help..
  2. Audioguru

    New Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    DC electric motors, incandescent light bulbs and electric heaters are efficiently controlled with Pulse-Width-Modulation which are pulses of DC current. The width of the pulses controls the speed of the motor and the amount of light and heat.

    Look at pulse width modulation in Google.
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  3. SgtWookie


    Jul 17, 2007
    You can use batteries as the DC supply, and then something like a 555 timer IC driving a transistor or MOSFET to get different ratios of ON to OFF time.

    Bill_Marsden has some 555 timers used as PWM sources in his blog.
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  4. Ctenom


    Nov 1, 2010
    You also get it when rectifying AC voltage to DC.
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