# Calculating the voltage drop on a diode in series with a resistor

#### subatomic particle

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You cannot measure the ohmic value of a Diode using a VOM on the ohms range.
The diode require a forward bias current in order to measure the volt drop across it.

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#### BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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That simulation cannot be correct. The voltage drop on the diode should be in the range of 0.6 to 0.7V.

You determine the voltage drop by looking at the IV curves in the data sheet. It is not a resistor, Ohm’s law does not apply.

#### subatomic particle

Joined May 8, 2018
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You cannot measure the ohmic value of a Diode using a VOM on the ohms range.
The diode require a forward bias current in order to measure the volt drop across it.
So in my circuit there is not way to calculate the voltage drop, since i dont have a bias current? how does the program decide whicch voltage is going to drop there?

#### BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
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It uses the diode equation. You have given the simulator parameters that are not realistic for any real diode, so you got nonsense results.

Bob

• subatomic particle

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You are not using a Zener by any chance??

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#### PeteK

Joined Jul 31, 2019
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Hello Guys,
so i was simulating the circuit below and i am wondering why is the voltage drop on the diode not the same as on the resistor, as i made the ohmic resistor of the diode equals to the resistance of the resistor?
Can you please explain to me how i can determine the voltage drop on a diode?
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Hello,
there is a nice paper how to calculate the voltage drop on a diode in several ways, https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~mhanis/ece241/lectures/set7.pdf

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#### dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
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Welcome to AAC! I see that you lurked several years before making your first post.
there is a nice paper how to calculate the voltage drop on a diode in several ways, https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~mhanis/ece241/lectures/set7.pdf
Nice.

I wonder why teachers don't put dates and their names on their lecture materials? This from circa Q3 2004.

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#### BobTPH

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You are not using a Zener by any chance??
Look at the left lower corner of the simulation. He is setting the diode parameters,not using any real diode.

#### Audioguru again

Joined Oct 21, 2019
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A diode is not a resistor. The datasheet for a diode shows its forward voltage at different currents and at different temperatures.
A small silicon diode like a 1N4148 has a forward voltage of about 0.7V at 5mA at room temperature.

#### SamR

Joined Mar 19, 2019
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The voltage drop depends on the doping levels of the PN junction and its barrier potential and can vary from ~0.6-0.7 for silicon. There is no resistance value given in the PDF for a diode. There is a reactance value Zz given for Zeners. The Voltage to Current curve is so steep that the resistance is basically nil.

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#### Audioguru again

Joined Oct 21, 2019
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Hee, hee. Silicone is a synthetic rubber used for fake boobs. Silicon is a mineral used for diodes and transistors.

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#### Jony130

Joined Feb 17, 2009
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Hello Guys,
so i was simulating the circuit below and i am wondering why is the voltage drop on the diode not the same as on the resistor, as i made the ohmic resistor of the diode equals to the resistance of the resistor?
Can you please explain to me how i can determine the voltage drop on a diode?
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Since the diode is a nonlinear element, we are unable to find the algebraic solution. We are forced to use numerical techniques. For example the iteration.

Since your diode has Is =1fA and n = 1 and assuming T_junction = 27°C we have Vt = 25.865mV.
We can try to guess the diode forward voltage.
The diode current relation is:

Id = Is*e^(Vd/Vt - 1)

Or the voltage drop across the diode is equal to:

Vd = Vt* ln(Id/Is +1) ≈ Vd = Vt* ln(Id/Is)

Because in the simulation you have set the diode ohmic resistance equal to Rd = 1kΩ. In fact, we have two 1kΩ resistors in series with the diode. Rd and R1.

So the first iteration I assumed Vd = 0.6V thus:

Id = (10V - 0.6V)/2kΩ = 4.7mA (1)

Now I plugging this value into Vd equation

Vd = 25.865mV * ln( 4.7mA/1fA) = 0.7547V (1)

And the second iteration

Id = (10V - 0.7547V)/2kΩ = 4.622mA (2)
Vd = 25.865mV * ln (4.622mA/1fA) = 0.7542V (2)

third iteration

Id = (10V - 0.7542V)/2kΩ = 4.622mA (3)

Since Id(2) ≈ Id(3) we end the iteration here.

Therefore, the final result is:

Vd = 0.7542V and Id = 4.622mA. But since you set Rd = 1kΩ in your circuit V_D = Vd + Id*Rd = 0.7542V + 4.622mA*1kΩ =5.3762V

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#### crutschow

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#### k1ng 1337

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If you can, I recommend placing a silicon diode in series with different value resistors (like in post #14) and measure the voltage drop across each component. Plot the results on a graph and see if you can derive the relationship.