Voltage regulator with transistors

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1. bizuputyi Thread Starter New Member

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What is the function and operation of R1, R2, TR1 and TR2?

I would say TR2 and R2 act as overcurrent protection and TR1 is a pass transistor. When the voltage drop in R2 gets large enough it turns on TR2 and controls base-emitter voltage of TR1.

Is this correct? How would you describe this neatly? And where does R1 come in?

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2. Alec_t AAC Fanatic!

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Correct.
I would explain 'controls'.
Regarding R1, consider how you would drive thebase of Tr1 to get it to act as a pass transistor.

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3. studiot AAC Fanatic!

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Listen to Alex and then look at both TR1 and TR2 and ask yourself what sets their base, emitter and collector voltage differences.

4. bizuputyi Thread Starter New Member

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As Vin increases, voltage across R1 increases, so does across R2, that turns on TR2, now current is diverted from the base of TR1, so collector-emitter resistance of TR1 will increase which will reduce load current to a value just enough to keep up voltage across R2 at turn-on value.
So the function of R1 is to control TR1 with the aid of R2, TR2 over-current protection.
How does that sound?

5. studiot AAC Fanatic!

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Why?

1) Remove TR2 and short R2.

Can you see how this circuit works as a current booster for the regulator IC?

What happens?

3)Now unshort the load and put TR2 and R2 back and again short the load.

What is different?

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6. bizuputyi Thread Starter New Member

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Ohh, right, I'm getting there. Thank you for your new aspect. If R2 was shorted, TR2 wasn't there and the load was shorted it would probably irreversible damage the components. But R1 still drives TR1 (via R2, TR2) as Iin increases VR1 increases and will turn TR1 on to pass. Is that satisfactory in addition to the #1 comment?

7. studiot AAC Fanatic!

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Yeah! you are getting there that is all exactly right

Now for the next bit about TR2

8. bizuputyi Thread Starter New Member

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So, the question is how TR2 protects the circuit from over-current. I guess when the load is shorted all the current will flow through R2 resulting in a voltage drop across it to turn TR2 on which will shorten its collector-emitter so no current will flow through R2. Is that correct?

9. studiot AAC Fanatic!

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Remember when the load is shorted (or nearly so) the voltage conditions will change from normal operation.

10. bizuputyi Thread Starter New Member

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It wasn't that hard to figure all this out, was a lot better way rather than googling for hours.
Thank you.