# convert ac to dc circuit [closed]

I want to build real circuit, which converts AC signal to DC.

AC signal looks like below:

Its period T is about 2 seconds.

At the output I want to get DC as shown in the right graph with voltage 12V and current is 2.1A to get power 25W.

Can someone provide circuit to convert this kind of AC to DC with the exact characteristics of each element, I mean resistance,capacity,etc? Note that the amplitude of input AC is about 11.5V.

• I noticed that your last question and an answer (electronics.stackexchange.com/questions/77754/…) didn't get feedback from you so maybe while you are on-line you can amend that question if the answer didn't help. Is this question related? It seems similar - that's what triggered this comment. – Andy aka Aug 4 '13 at 20:08
• @us2012 Right, I know it was a bit of an over-simplification. But I was assuming there was some load, and did say "all other things constant", the current being one of those. Anyway, it was a bit too inaccurate and will remove it. – Jonathon Reinhart Aug 4 '13 at 20:44
• It is not reasonable to simply say that you want a DC output. It is impossible, for practical purposes, to have an output voltage that does not vary at all. You must provide a specification for the range of acceptable output voltages, something like 12V+/-1V or 12V+/-5%. Be aware that a smaller tolerance for voltage variation increases the cost of the solution. – Joe Hass Aug 4 '13 at 20:48
• That input seems really strange... what you've drawn is a switched DC input (time-variant, but unipolar), not "AC" (bipolar) in its most common usage. Are you sure it doesn't swing both above and below your reference level? What's generating it? – DrFriedParts Aug 4 '13 at 22:56
• Just out of curiosity: What is the source of the pulsing signal, and what current can that signal sustain? – Anindo Ghosh Aug 5 '13 at 0:09

You are talking about supplying 25W for 1 seconds, that requires storing a LOT of energy. I don't think capacitors or inductors will help you here, you will have to look for chemical storage (high-current batteries), or more exotic things like flywheels.

Another problem is the voltages: your 'AC' seems to supply alternating 0V and 11.5V, so you will have to include some way (switching mode voltage converter?) to raise the voltage.

All in all this is a far from trivial project!

• Wouter, would a bridge rectifier not be appropriate for this and if not why? – JYelton Aug 4 '13 at 20:23
• @JYelton The voltage varies between 0 and 11.5V, for a bridge rectifier to be effective you need +/- 11.5V (or better even +/- 13.5V) – jippie Aug 4 '13 at 20:26
• I see, I missed that the input was zero to 11.5. – JYelton Aug 4 '13 at 20:31

You want higher voltage out than in at significant power. This will require some sort of switching power supply in practise. You also need significant energy storage to ride out the times when there is no input power.

The correct approach is likely to step back two levels and think about the problem differently. This looks like you are asking about a detail of some imagined solution where what is really needed is a better approach.

However, to answer the question directly, I'd probably make a switching power supply that charged a 12 V car battery when input power is available. The output is the car battery output directly. As long as sufficient current can be drawn from the intermittent input voltage, this system should be sustainable long term (the battery will not be discharged on average).

Note that the switcher will have some inefficiency, so more input current is needed during the input bursts than you might otherwise think. The output needs to deliver 12 V x 2.1 A = 25.2 W. Since the input is on half the time on average, a total of 50.4 W is needed when it is on due to power conservation alone. Let's say the switching power supply is overall 80% efficient. That means the input must supply 50.4 W / 80% = 63 W when on. The current that the switcher will draw from the input during the on phase will therefore be 63 W / 11.5 V = 5.5 A.