Zener Diode question

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  1. Matthew Foo

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    Hi all I'm having problem solving the question below , anyone can guide me with the answer step by step .
    Thank you all

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  2. MikeML

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    It would be useful if we could see how far you can get.
    For starters, can you tell us what Vzt, Izt, Izk, Zz, and Izm mean?
     
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  4. Matthew Foo

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    Vzt = Zener test voltage , Izt = zener test current , Izt = zener knee current , Zz = Zener Resistance & Izm = Zener Maximum current.

    Thanks sirs
     
  5. MrAl

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    Hi,

    The first thing you would have to do is determine the model parameters of the zener.

    Given that the test voltage is 4.8v at a test current of 36ma and internal resistance of 10 ohms that means that the zero current voltage is:
    Vd0=4.8-0.036*10

    So you have that voltage source in series with a 10 ohm resistor to start with, and that replaces the zener diode. This gives you a circuit with two voltage sources and three resistors which is solvable using standard methods.

    See what you can do with this information.
     
  6. Matthew Foo

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    any solution for this ?
     
  7. MrAl

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    Hello,

    Do you know now to analyze a circuit with two sources and three resistors?

    The zener gets replaced by a source with a series resistor. Then you solve the circuit.
    For the Power question, you'll have to assume that the variable resistor never pulls the zener voltage lower than Vz0.
    Vz0=Vd0=4.8-0.036*10=4.44

    Can you figure out the rest?
     
  8. WBahn

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    You need to show YOUR attempt to answer YOUR homework problem. That will give us a starting point to see where you are going wrong and how we might best help you get back on track.
     
  9. WBahn

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    It might help if you sketch the typical Zener characteristic and then the piecewise linear model implied by the given parameters.
     
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