Power Good and Source Disconnect - MOSFET question

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CineDroid

Joined Jan 25, 2020
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I've attached two files.

The one with the three diagrams shows the simulation working as intended. The one with only one diagram shows a result I don't understand.

I'd like this circuit to do three things:
- Only turn on when a master device is turned on as well and turn off when the master is turned off. I'm doing this with a MOSFET
- Protect for overcurrent (5A). I'm doing this with a fuse (represented by a switch in this simulation)
- Have a status LED. off when off, green when on and the fuse isn't blown, red when on and the fuse is blown

If i used a normally open relay to turn on and off according to the voltage given by the master device I know this would work, but I'd like to do it with a MOSFET to keep the build small as I have several of these to fit in the enclosure.

Is there something I don't understand about MOSFETs used as switches? Could this be a glitch of the simulation?

If so, what characteristic / parameter do I have to look for to select the proper FET for this application once I'm ready to go to the breadboard?
 

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AlbertHall

Joined Jun 4, 2014
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Looking at the first of three diagrams, the gate of the MOSFET is floating so operation is undefined. Connect a resistor, say 10k, from gate to source.
In the second diagram the opamp inputs are connected together so the output will be the gain times the input offset voltage. Put a resistor, say 10k, in series with the non-inverting input and a resistor, say 100k, from the non-inverting input to ground
 

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CineDroid

Joined Jan 25, 2020
20
Awesome thanks. Unless I misunderstood some of your directions, I tinkered a bit with the values and the simulation works as intended now. Connecting the gate to ground and the non inverting input to ground, is that what's referred to as pull-down or pull-up resistors?
 

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