Preventing reverse current

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danielmutong

Joined Oct 26, 2019
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Hi,
I'm designing a power system for a car.

The alternator is connected parallel to the batteries (4 x 3.2 V in series) and the lights/E-Sus/Daq loads. After the main fuse, there's a wire which controls two relays which will turn the Daq and E-Sus loads off if the alternator fails or the main fuse breaks. That way, we can save the batteries to power only the lights.IMG_0139 3.jpg

My question is that if the main fuse breaks, will the p-mosfet highlighted in yellow prevent current from flowing backwards from the batteries (green arrow) which will turn the relays on?

Thanks,
 

crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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if the main fuse breaks, will the p-mosfet highlighted in yellow prevent current from flowing backwards from the batteries (green arrow) which will turn the relays on?
As noted, no.
A MOSFET conducts equally well in both directions when the gate is biased on (as it is when the battery is connected.
Use a Schottky diode instead, as Dd suggested.
 
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