# Calculate power

#### letoppina

Joined Dec 11, 2017
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Hello,

considering a sinusoidal voltage source and a half-wave doubler rectification (as in the picture), how is it possible to calculate the DC power on a resistor R when considering ideal diodes?

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#### Bordodynov

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#### letoppina

Joined Dec 11, 2017
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Thank you very much for your reply. Could you please explain to me in detail the simulation?

#### Bordodynov

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I set the amplitude, frequency and capacitance of the capacitor as parameters. I did a parametric step-by-step analysis at various load resistances. I also calculated the average output voltage using the ".measure" command. And lastly, I empirically selected a formula for the output voltage. To calculate, I defined this formula in calculating the voltage in node "M" with the help of a dependent voltage source. I took the diode model close to the ideal diode (this is only available in LTspice). I compared the average value of the output voltage with the values obtained by me from the empirical formula by finding the ratio of values. I got the numbers close enough to one.

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#### letoppina

Joined Dec 11, 2017
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Ok, thank you for the explanation. I still have a couple of questions: why do you have to compare the value of the output voltage with the value of voltage in the node M? How did you obtain the empirical formula of the voltage M?

#### Bordodynov

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#### letoppina

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Thank you again for your answer. However, what I meant was: do you have a reference that explains how you obtained the empirical formula in the voltage source M?

#### Bordodynov

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No. I have no reference to my formula. It just seemed like a formula like that would be true to me. So I took advantage of my intuition. But you can make equations (if your knowledge allows you) and get your formula.

#### letoppina

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#### Bordodynov

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#### letoppina

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Yes, I mean, where did you take this value from?

#### djsfantasi

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Yes, I mean, where did you take this value from?
It’s not “taken” from anywhere. It is a mathematic constant. “Ln()” is the natural log function. “2” is, well, 2! The integer after 1.

#### letoppina

Joined Dec 11, 2017
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I think there is a BIG misunderstanding here. What I meant was, how did the natural log function popped-up in that formula? Could you please give me a scientific explanation of how you arrived to the formula (A*RL/(RL+1/(ln(2)*f*C))*2? And "would be true to me" is definitely not an acceptable answer in a scientific context.

#### Bordodynov

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