Rectifier Query

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by raffter, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. raffter

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    Feb 28, 2008
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    Guys,

    whats the difference between the two??

    20 - 500Hz AC input... capacitor value about 500nF



    Ralph
     
  2. rwmoekoe

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    Mar 1, 2007
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    the first is passing positive half cycle of the ac signal input, dropping the voltage by 2 diode voltage drops (depending on the type of diodes and the output load, around 0.5v to 2 volts in total).
    the second is a typical voltage doubler. the output will get near twice the peak voltage of the ac input signal. (v peak minus the voltage drops).
     
  3. rwmoekoe

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    Mar 1, 2007
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    forgot to mention, in the first circuit, diode d2 is useless except that you are using it's reverse breakdown voltage (i.e. as a zener), but without any resistors it's not applicable.
    in the second circuit, the polarity of the cap c1 should be the other way around (if you are using a polar one)
     
  4. raffter

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    Feb 28, 2008
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    hello rwmoekoe,

    the cap is not polar... so you say the 2nd schema is a voltage doubler... that explains the higher voltage output(with simulation)...

    thanks man!! now that is clear now :)
     
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