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Function of capacitor on the output of a bridge rectifier

What is the function of capacitor C in this diagram?
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How Can Non-Parasitic Capacitance Be Excessive When Smoothing Voltage?

I mostly do VHDL/Verilog, and I'm laying out a PCB for a small FPGA project. The FPGA will operate in a noisy environment. I want to make sure the board has more than enough capacitors to provide the ...
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Why does the capacitor discharge after the peak of AC voltage (smoothing)?

Why does the capacitor discharge (used as a battery to provide voltage to the resistor) after the peak of the alternating voltage (after the voltage reaches the highest value and goes on to decrease ...
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AC to DC rectifier and smoothing

I'm trying to understand how you get a DC signal from an AC signal being rectified. It produces a ripple waveform and the signal gets "smoothed" out using a smoothing capacitor. Is the ...
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Using RC Low Pass Filter for PWM signal Smoothing [closed]

I have some questions regarding the working of RC Low pass filters, specifically for smoothing out high frequency PWM signals (application: making a buck converter for driving an LED (expected current ...
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LED blinker draws high current during switching, how to prevent current spikes

I have the circuit below: Now focus your attention on TP4056 charging and protection module because it has a DW01A battery protection circuit in it which detects over current at 3A. Also focus your ...
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Behaviour of parallel RC circuit attached to 'rectified' DC and AC voltage source

I have been having some trouble understanding the functioning of a capacitor and a resister attached in parallel to a rectifier to smooth out the time-variant dc output. From what I have read, a ...
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PWM average voltage smoothing

I built an ESC circuit. First, I tested it with a drive frequency of 350 Hz; the speed was at about 20 RPS at a 70% duty cycle. But when I changed the drive frequency to 20 kHz, I noticed that the ...
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Schematic notes: Place capacitor as "close" to pins: Is this a necessary note? Is it a significant point?

Background I am building a ATMega4809 board that allows the board to be programmed using the Arduino IDE. While examining the following schematic I noticed that where the caps are placed the author ...
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Why does a 2nd capacitor and coil smooth this signal?

I came, more or less accidentally, across this image here: I understand all circuits and their resulting signal output, except for the last/lowest one. Shouldn't it look like this with one capacitor ...
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Capacitor across motor vs capacitor across motor and transistor

I am currently building my own control board for a high power brushed DC motor (24V 16A). I am using an Arduino to provide a PWM signal to an IRLB8743 MOSFET. The reason I am trying to build my own is ...
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Which capacitors to use with voltage regulator IC such as 7805?

Many of the tutorials suggest to use a large smoothing capacitor (tens and even hundreds of uF) with a full wave rectifier but the datasheets of the voltage regulators and some tutorials suggest only ...
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Which is better for full bridge rectifier circuit? MLCC or Electrolytic? [duplicate]

If I place 100uF multilayer ceramic capacitors at the output of a full-bridge rectifier will there be any problem? Or I need to place electrolytic capacitors? What difference do they make (except size)...
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diode required for smoothing capacitor

I never quite understood the finer details of why a diode is required for turning capacitors into "smoothing" capacitors instead of just low pass filters. The simulations I have done in ...
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Can you smooth mains A.C?

I know you can smooth DC with a capacitor but what if you have an unstable mains AC voltage (here in the UK that's 240V 50Hz)? Are there components that can be used or products one can make/buy for ...
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Power supply noise/ringing caused by Jetson Nano booting and data processing

I have a board where I use the Jetson Nano module as the CPU. During the power-on sequence and data processing the Jetson introduces about 400mv peak to peak noise/ringing on the 5V (SMPS) rail ...
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Simple power supply troubleshoot

I have a very simple power supply circuit, consisting of a 220V:22V transformer, full bridge rectifier (1n4007 diodes) and a smoothing capacitor (electrolytic, 4700uF). The output voltage should sit ...
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What do I and V mean in C = It/V?

I am trying to determine what value capacitor I need to put after the full wave rectifier to get a smooth voltage for charging my battery. However, I don't understand which current and voltage do the ...
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Are the capacitors highlighted really needed for proper operation of the circuit? [duplicate]

When I refer to TI's reference design for the charging chip I do not see those capacitors. Upon researching I found out that they are smoothing capacitors. Why are they used here and are they really ...
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Smoothing capacitor for half wave rectification

I'm trying to implement a half-wave rectifier using just a diode. I'm using a unity gain opamp for isolation from the mains. At the output of the opamp, I'm using a smoothing capacitor to get a DC ...
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Help calculating the value of a smoothing capacitor

I prefix this with I know virtually zero about electronics, sorry. Preface In an attempt to try and gain some basic knowledge and learn a lower level programming language (usually work with more ...
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Using a capacitor to smooth momentary voltage cuts

I'm building a model of a trolleytruck (very similar to a trolleybus). The steering system works with a servo but, because the overhead wires are not perfect and there are short voltage cuts, the ...
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Smoothing rectified voltage

I am developing a circuit to convert 230VAC to 12VDC. I ran into the problem that my smoothing capacitor for the full wave rectifier is pretty huge. The load is estimated to be around 500mA and ...
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AC to DC rails sag excessively when loaded

I'm just experimenting with rectifying a 120v to 12v dual winding transformer and smoothing it out two a dual rail power supply while I work towards attempting to build a clean power supply. I ...
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Capacitor in parallel with relay coil backfires on contacts

I've got a smoothing capacitor(2,2uF) C1 in parallel with relay coils inside a fullwave diode bridge. When the circuit is closed through contacts in pre-relay RLY1 it first gives me, almost everytime ...
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How should I drain a capacitor in a rectifier circuit?

I am trying to learn how to drain a capacitor after disconnecting power from a rectifier circuit. Specifically what I have is a step down transformer from an old wall wart charger that I have modified....
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Parallel RC as a filter?

I was looking at an amplifier schematic and saw a curious portion that I realized I wasn't sure what its purpose was. simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab At first ...
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230VAC to 230VDC converter for flicker free LED construction lights for use in videography/photography

We use LED construction lights for illuminating a photo or video set. As espected the lights flicker with the mains frequency. While in some cases this can be compensated with the right camerasettings ...
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How does this circuit work? (AM receiver)

I do not completely understand how this circuit works: First, I do not understand how the LC filter selects the frequency. I know that it's impedance is 'infinity' at the resonant frequency, but I ...
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Choosing capacitance for recifier

So I'm trying to use a couple of rectifiers. Specifically, the "NTE5326" and the "36MB120A." I've tried following videos on how to calculate for a smoothing-capacitor but to no avail. If you use ...
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PCB input smoothing capacitor layout

I got some 0.1uF ceramic capacitor in front of my mcu IO pins to smooth the inputs values/spikes I was wondering if this placement is bad or not because their position is "over" the input so maybe (...
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Need help determining smoothing capacitor(s) for rectifier

I am making a rectifier for a single N-Scale train building. It takes DC, but the train controller gives out 19VAC. I have 4 1N4001s and some capacitors, but probably not the right size/uf. I only ...
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Smoothing cap vs filter for full wave bridge rectifier circuit

I am designing a circuit which requires high-voltage DC. My plan is to step-up my mains (120VAC) with a transformer and then pass that through a FWB. After the FWB, I want to smooth the signal into a ...
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Ideas to smooth variable AC voltages/spikes reported to ADC circuit

I’m trying to integrate a 40+ year old ac motor and remote controller with a device using modern ADC controllers to remotely manage the motor turning process. The legacy gear is an old CDE Ham-M ...
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Do i need to protect a DC adapter from current spikes (produced by buck converter)?

I wonder if i need to protect my ac adapter, which has over-voltage, over-current and short-circuit protection. The ac adapter feeds a buck-converter which uses a low-side n-mosfet switch ...
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How are size of caps determined/calculated for use in smoothing voltage?

I'm reading this great book (AVR Programming: Learning to Write Software for Hardware by Elliot Williams) and setting up my arduino atmega328pu, usbasp programmer and using avrdude to program the chip....
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How may I select a smoothing capacitor to mitigate LED flicker without the use of a scope?

I recently replaced a set of incandescent bulbs from the interior of my old car with some very inexpensive festoon LEDs. Unfortunately the LEDs are not 100% compatible with the lighting system as ...
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Smoothing capacitor for scooter regulator - High constant current drawn

I've researched the forum before posting, but it seems my question is a bit specific and not answered before. Please excuse me if I'm wrong. So what we have here is a chinese scooter alternator, ...
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AC mains LED flicker

I have a number of simple LED strip lights, purchased to replace fluorescent tubes in a kitchen. Having installed the first ones, they have a noticeable flicker (to me, but not my wife!) on moving ...
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How does a filtering capacitor smoth a changing current? [duplicate]

Lets assume,in picture blow, the current be in its peak voltage moment. then when the current begins to fall (assume a moment after the peak moment) we know the current is blocked by diodes (actually ...
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Smoothing a Full-Wave rectifier voltage

I was reading about full-wave rectifiers and came across the schematics below which the capacitor C can smooth its voltage, but I didn't understand one case: We know that when the rectifier's voltage ...
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Capacitor value for rectified magneto PSU

## Need capacitor value for below circuit ## Hi guys, Kindly help me with the situation below. I want to run my LED headlamp (with upper & dipper functions) via flywheel magneto. Current setup:...
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what is the main differences between the capacitors? [closed]

I have read many documents on these terminologies. I find almost same working for these capacitors. Please make me clear what is the main difference between bypass capacitor, decoupling capacitor &...
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Smoothing unregulated DC input voltage to a voltage regulator

I am building a USB mobile charger powered by manually rotating a 12V DC motor shaft. This voltage goes as an input to a LM7805 voltage regulator and the output of the voltage regulator is used to ...
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Provide extra current to a power supply output cover current surge of load at turn-on

Searching the previous questions I can find ones similar to this but nothing that answers this specifically. I have a power converter which makes 115VAC/400Hz from 115VAC/60Hz and provides 2.5 amps. ...
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Voltage supplied by smoothing capacitor

I did an experiment on full-wave rectifier with capacitor, and trying to calculate the energy that the capacitor supplies to the output. The picture above is the graph that I got through an experiment ...
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Do I really need a large smoothing capacitor?

When I design a basic power supply that uses a full wave rectifier, The smoothing capacitor is very large. The output of power supply is 5V and 1A. The ripple voltage equation is: V = I / (f*C) f = ...
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