Questions related to the design of circuits that supply or use a high voltage. There are a few definitions but the IEC definition of a high-voltage supply system is above 1000 Vrms AC or 1500 V DC.

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What power supply topology should I use?

I need to design a power supply capable of providing a maximum of 1800V at 0.02mA. The input voltage ranges from 135 to 250V DC. What topology is recommended for this voltage? Flyback, buck?
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Negative Bias from Voltage Regulator

Can the voltage regulator from here, Figure 6 be used to supply a negative bias to an APD? Would inverting Vin/GND do the trick or could that damage the IC?
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What will happen to a transformer if rated output voltage is injected to the secondary terminal?

I believe that I have a three phase delta to single phase transformer 1Kva with input 415 v three phase and output 230 Vac single phase. ( Someone help me to identify what kind of transformer is ...
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Why DC is not used for long distance voltage transmission? (Tesla vs Edison 2015) [duplicate]

It seems this question has been marked duplicate but I believe the answers given here is much more in detail. Why we are still using AC voltage for long distance voltage transmission. As we know with ...
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DC/DC overvoltage problem

I am using a 12V to +-5V NMH1205DC converter. When I measure the output voltage without a load, it measures about +-8V. This converter will power a low current circuit that contains several OpAmps. ...
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Debugging Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) System [closed]

I have a UPS system which stopped working after a high voltage burst from the power mains. Now, the UPS only works on battery and does not switch over to the mains even when power is available. After ...
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Best Option for Charging a High Voltage Capacitor?

I was looking for a good option to charge my 450V 6800uF Electrolytic Capacitors. I initially followed the dc - dc booster path with a voltage divider comparator (op-amp) something similar to But ...
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Modifying HV supply for digital control

I've built the HV supply shown above (from here http://desmith.net/NMdS/Electronics/NixiePSU.html). And it works great. I would now like to be able to digitally control the output voltage. This is ...
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No output from Transimpedance Amplifier

I'm trying to set up a transimpedance amplifier reading the response from an avalanche photodiode (Hamamatsu S12572-100P http://www.hamamatsu.com/resources/pdf/ssd/s12572-025_etc_kapd1043e03.pdf) and ...
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high voltage carrier for 12 volt charge - any thoughts?

I've got one for you folks, which I can't seem to find any info on. what is the effect of high voltage AC (say 2kv), low current, on a 12 volt lead acid battery? Danger of the spark igniting the ...
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High Power H-Bridge with IR2125 Drivers Problem

I'm currently stuck on a problem when trying to drive a 140V DC motor using an H-Bridge with 4 high-power mosfets and 4 IR2125 drivers. I'm using as input to the drivers a signal generator of 5V in ...
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Voltage stepping and current reduction

I'm designing a drone to use a relatively new form of propulsion, electrostatic fluid propulsion, which requires extremely large voltages (in the order of 10-100kV) running through a wire to ionize ...
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APD bias discrepancy

I've built a PCB based on the voltage regulator design proposed here, Figure 6, which supposedly should result in a 30-90V output. However, the maximum output bias I measure is about 48V, which is ...
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Driving high voltage MOSFET H-bridge

I am looking for suggestions on MOSFET transistors and logic for driving high voltage full H-bridge from a 5V PWM signal. I have a microcontroller that outputs a PWM signal 0V->5V. And with this ...
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Can the wire of a high voltage power line be used as the primary coil of an air cored transformer? [duplicate]

Back in the 90's I heard this story of a guy who in the 70-80's lived remotely near the power lines and that he was very good in electrical engineering and that he had free electricity by using the ...
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High Voltage PCB Design

I want to design a 4 layer PCB with the following voltage levels. GND, 5V, 3.3V and 80V. In the circuit there are some MOSFETs which are driven by 3.3V and MOSFET switch 80V (required current is very ...
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Polaris 651 HV Probe

Can anyone tell me how to modify my Polaris 651 HV (40KV) Probe so that It can read both negative and positive high voltage? I do not have a manual, nor can I seem to find one. It is equipped with a ...
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Is it possible to use capacitor for isolation instead of optocoupler?

I designed a Buck converter which drives several LEDs. The PWM signal, which has a certain fixed duty cycle, is generated by a 555 timer IC. The circuit which drives the Buck MOSFET, including the ...
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24 volt on microprocessor input pin

I have got my hands on a Intel Edison system on chip. I would like to use it to detect non-zero voltage. For example I have a test point that could be either 0 volt or 24 volt and I want to detect ...
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Arduino controlling high voltage DC source, Opto-Isolator

I need to create a circuit that I can use an Arduino to control a 400~500 DC voltage source. I am not used to opto-isolators, but I was thinking about using it to separate both systems. But I cant ...
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Circuit for finding engine RPM using the magneto's coil ground wire

I'm looking to see if there's a solution without using a microcontroller to find the engine RPM (perhaps spark frequency is a better term?) using only the magneto's coil grounding wire. This wire ...
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high voltage chassis grounding [duplicate]

Suppose a high-voltage transformer has its chassis grounded, is it safe to touch the chassis? What if the HV terminal accidentally touched the chassis at point A @ 10kV, while the grounding is at ...
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high voltage safety [closed]

I remember having seen microwave ovens without the earth connection. My first question is : Is it correct that if you touch the MOT transformer chassis, but leave the other terminal floating in air ...
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Why does ignition coil have polarity markings?

I know about one reasonable answer to this. The electron emission is easier from a hotter surface, which in a spark plug happens to be the central electrode. So we should connect this electrode to be ...
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Driving multiple IGBTs with gate drive transformer

I am playing with a circuit I've been working on, which consists of a stack of 15 IGBTs connected in series. The end goal was to drive this "device" with a single toroid transformer, where the drive ...
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Multiple high voltage pulsers parallel protection

I’m working on a circuit right now for school, but I can’t seem to get it to work correctly. I have to high voltage (~4.5 kV, uA range) pulsers, that I want to use at the same time. The pulsers will ...
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High voltage distribution line fault current

On a conventional 7,200 volt distribution line, what would be the average fault current in a scenario like the one shown in the video below? Video Specifically, I'm wondering what the power ...
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Supercapacitors vs. High Voltage Capacitors with Inductive loads used in CoilGuns or Solenoids

I'm looking for some insight on whether an 1000 Farads at 2.7v or 5.5v would be more effective than say 10,000uF at 400v-450v when creating a strong magnetic coil. The intent is something similar to ...
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How to create a 120V-175V Variable Frequency Generator

I am dealing with a system that requires me to drive a capacitive load at 120V-175Vrms, AC square/sine wave at two frequencies: 50Hz and 2000 Hz @ Ipeak = 100mA. I am currently trying to find the best ...
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Selecting diodes for HV full bridge rectifier

I'm using a current-fed Royer self resonant circuit to generate 1kV DC output voltage. The transformer is producing a sine wave of 100kHz/2kVpp (Cap-Royer = 100nF). At the output of the transformer I ...
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Why is there heavy oscillation in my capacitor discharge circuit and is there anyway to fix it?

I have the following capacitor discharge circuit: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab When solving for the voltage across the primary and secondary inductors, I ...
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High voltage inverter transistor heating

I was able to get a HV supply that powers the back light of an old LCD monitor. I used it to light up the CFL bulb "directly hooking the HV terminals to bulb itself not to the 220V input of the CFL" ...
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Push-Pull driver for low side mosfet — is it a good idea?

I want to build an H-bridge to control a 36V dc motor (or possibly 48V but lets stick to 36V for now) The electronics that will control the H-Bridge (logic, etc) will run from a 12V ...
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Op Amp high voltage output

Is it possible to output voltages in the range of kilovolts and current of atleast >1mA using an input of <10V on a consumer electronics op amp such as IC 741? If not, then why?
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What are the bare minimum parts needed to operate a magnetron?

I recently took apart a microwave, and I managed to get a magnetron out of it, as well as a transformer that appears to be the power source for the magnetron, but looks a little small for the ...
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Opening MOSFET's gate with low voltage PWM

I have PWM of very low frequency and very low duty cycle. And max voltage comes out are 3.3. But thats not enough to open the MOSFET's gate(IRFP250N). Now I want to amplify the voltage. I do not have ...
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Tesla Coil Issue

I'm currently working on my first Tesla coil, and to my dissapointment, after completing it, the Coil does not function. I cannot figure out what went wrong. I have been told that an MOT wont produce ...
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Switching high current and high voltage for coilgun

I am building a multi-stage coilgun and need to be able to electrically switch 450V and over 100A somehow (virtually shorting large capacitor bank)... I've tried using IGBTs but fried them. I also ...
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How to wire DC kilovolt meter?

I recently picked up a small DC analog kilovolt meter. The scale went up to roughly 25kv.  I have some microwave oven transformers I would like to test the voltage.  I hooked a microwave diode in ...
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Tapping energy from high voltage AC transmission lines

The details are hazy as I recollect this from my nipper days.Many, many years ago. “Persons were charged with stealing electricity by placing a large coil, somehow, near high voltage AC transmission ...
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How can this isolated DC/DC converter claim a 3kv rating?

I'm referring to the Murata Power Solutions CME series DC/DC converters. Datasheet: http://www.murata-ps.com/data/power/ncl/kdc_cme.pdf If you look at the footprint of package (the -3C variant), ...
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Gas Discharge V-Q Lissajous

I've been investigating non-thermal plasmas, specifically dielectric barrier discharges, where two electrodes, at a potential difference of several kilovolts, are separated by a dielectric and a gas ...
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How does this mosquito zapper circuit work?

For the purpose of learning, I have tear down a small mosquito zapper racket. I am now trying to understand how the circuit is working (which goal is to produce high voltage). (yellow = ...
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Center-tapped Full Wave Bridge Rectifier

I'm designing a high-voltage power supply for a plasma experiment. I have a center-tapped ignition transformer (50:1) that I'm using to step up the voltage from 120VAC to 6kVAC and then using a full ...
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What can cause the capacitor to blast? [closed]

I had a problem with my air conditioner. The technician came in and fixed it. But he told me that the capacitor inside it was blast. I want to know what causes this and how to avoid it. Thanks!
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High voltage power lines: helicoptor versus birds [duplicate]

As can be seen in this video, bringing a maintenance helicopter to the same potential as the high voltage power line is not without some arcing. Why doesn't that happen to birds?
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Current Return Path for Plasma Experiment

I'm planning to use an old non-GFI neon transformer to produce plasma for some research I'm conducting. However, the neon transformer is center-tapped which complicates diagnostics (such as ground ...
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Bus bar calculation

I am trying to learn bus bar calculations steps . can someone help me how to get started for DC/AC bus bar calculation. how to get started?? what are the parameter need to be considered. 3.when skin ...
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Make 5kV, 0.001A (5W) step-up from 12V?

I have faced that problem: 9-15V Vin (12V accu) and 5kV, 0.001A out (5W) and dont know how to solve that, i tried to use push-pull SG3525 but efficiency is very poor, about 20-30%. Can someone suggest ...
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High voltage input window comparator

I'm trying to find pieces (comparators or op amp) to make a window voltage comparator. My window range is 180VDC to 230VDC. Did you ever heard of high voltage input comparators? I don't need a high ...