Regulated power supply

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  1. newbies_hobbyist

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    Jun 4, 2010
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    Hi Experts,

    Need your expertise for this circuit. Well I'm trying to figure out what is the main purpose of diodes (all are 1n5060) connected in +in to out of regulators CR1 to CR3 also for the resistors R1 and R2, is it for current sensing? Plus my other problem is if tried to power only U1 (for +12V regulation) it is working fine, same goes for U2 (-12V regulation) it is working fine but if I applied power to both of them the -12V is turning to +12V.

    Thanks
     
  2. Wendy

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    Your schematic is missing a bit of information, namely, where are the voltages coming from.
     
  3. eblc1388

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    No. They are for voltage regulator reverse break down protection.

    You cannot power both the circuit(U1 and U2) with the same power supply of +20V.

    You'll need to have a dual output power supply of +/-20V, i.e. a +20V to common(PGND) and a -20V to common, three wires connection, or a total of 40V between two of the wires.

    A normal power supply of just +20V and common will not work and as you have just found out, it can power only one part of the circuit at a time.
     
  4. newbies_hobbyist

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    Yes I am using dual power supply, +20V and -20V as my input and pgnd as my common. if diodes are for protection how about the resistors?
     
  5. eblc1388

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    I would guess the resistors are a cheap shot to reduce the heat dissipation of the voltage regulators.

    Never seen any other design with such resistors fitted. The +12V and -12V outputs would rise to +/-20V if there is no loading on the power rail.
     
  6. studiot

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    Ok so to sum up

    The module receives inputs and outputs through the connector strip. It receives +20volts on pins 4/5 and -20 volts on pins 2/3 pins 6/7 and 14 are zero (ground).

    From these supplies R1 and R2 provide approximately 1/4 amp of unregulated bypass current to the outputs.
    In addition current through R1 also supples U3 , the 5 volt regulator.

    Regulators U1 and U2 provide regulated 12 volts supplies to output pins U1 to 8/9/10 at +12 volts and U2 to 1/11/16 at -12 volts.
    U1 also supplies any additional current to regulator U3.

    The +12 and -12 supplies are independent and can operate without the other present. The 5 volt supply is fed from the same 20v positive supply as the +12 volt and so requires this. It can operate up to 1/4 amp independently of the 12 volt supply.

    The diodes provide a discharge path for the electrolytics C4/C5/C6 strapped across each input in the event of sudden removal of the 20 volts supplies. The output caps will discharge through the load.
     
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