Find the average voltage for a phase angle circuit

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cts_casemod

Joined May 14, 2013
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Hi all,

Assume I have a triac and I wish to make a light dimmer as below:



Now, assuming I trigger the triac at a given angle my RMS voltage will not equal Vpeak/sqroot(2) anymore. How can I calculate both the average and RMS output voltage in this case?



Regards
 
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WBahn

Joined Mar 31, 2012
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Very true. I caught the discrepancy between the title and the description in the post but then looked past the last use of average. Good catch.
 

WBahn

Joined Mar 31, 2012
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For the purpose I'm quite happy with any of the two, if someone is willing to make the effort explaining.
Okay, if you are quite happy with finding the average, then I'll give that one to you for free. The average is 0 V. Look at your graph. Is it not that case that for every time the voltage is at some positive value that it is later at a negative voltage of the same magnitude? Well, that averages out to zero.
 
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