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Measuring Forward Impedance of a pulsed drive circuit

Background: I recently built a thyristor driving circuit to supply a set number of trigger pulses to my thytratron (tetrode configuration). The spec sheet for the thyratron requires that my driving ...
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How to interrupt high voltage spikes

I am trying to design an RPM limiter for my CDI operated 2 stroke engine (Tomos A35). Some people reported that just connecting a capacitor to the primary coil also limits the RPM, but will eventually ...
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How to connect a photovoltaic to a heating element directly

I am trying to connect a photovoltaic panel directly to a heating element (coil) without using a battery or an inverter and switch it on or off by using a transistor or a thyristor. I am well aware ...
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What's the function of “reactive power diode” n3 and n4?

I am trying to understand how the circuit above works. It is an inverter. P1 and P2 are thyristors, they are fed with alternating pulses. What I have understood so far is that, Capacitor K4 is there ...
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What happens when I pass really high current through the gate of a thyristor?

I have a thyristor that requires 120mA(from datasheet) gate current for triggering. I'm giving DC to gate and AC is connected across anode and cathode. Now, according to theory, with dc triggering ...
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What happens when we discharge a capacitor through a SCR which we leave open?

I am wondering what would happen when we discharge a capacitor, by using a SCR, through a coil and we leave a current applied to the gate of the SCR. The coil should generate a ‘reverse’ current right?...
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How do I calculation to see if Thyristor complies with DO-160G indirect lightning protection

I have been working with TVS diode and found that the capacitance of tvs diode is large; therefore, I will not be able to use tvs diode. Thyristor, on the other hand, has low capacitance for high ...
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Alternatives to a sliding switch and relay?

There is a sliding switch on my board to select two different cases. A key like this: From sparkfun.com You know its equivalent schamtic is as below: From sparkfun.com I am designing ...
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Is this thyristor model or circuit wrong?

As far as I understand when the thyristor is triggered it should turn on and remain on unless negative voltage applied to its gate. I found the model from littelfuse website. But I tried the ...
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Correct Thyristor IV characteristics

I saw two different IV characteristics of thyristor on the net. First: Second: So far I know, that when the voltage reaches breakdown value, the avalanche breakdown happens in the thyristor ...
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What is the meaning of “Sine wave energy per pulse” when referring to thyristors?

I am looking at the datasheet of a Westcode thyristor (specifically, the R3968), and it has the following graph: I am wondering if someone can explain to me what the graph is showing me! I don't ...
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For a stack of thyristors, is the “critical rate of rise of off-state voltage” scalable with the number of thyristors?

For example, in a datasheet I am looking at, the critical rate of rise of off-state voltage is given as $$2000V/{\mu s}.$$ If I have, say, five of these thyristors in series, would the total critical ...
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What factors affect a thyristor's “circuit commutated turn-off time”?

In datasheets, they give this value at a certain operation point (voltage, current, and di/dt). My question is... What are the effects of changing these parameters. For example, if di/dt is ...
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Thyristor not pulling current away

I'm trying to use this thyristor to pull current away from another part of the circuit. I expected that triggering the thyristor would cause current to flow away from the base of transistor T1. ...
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Is zero loss turn-off possible for thyristors?

Consider this very basic circuit: simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab Don't mind the values - they don't matter, as this question is conceptual. Imagine that Vcomm is ...
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Does a thyristor experience loss if it is switched at zero volts?

I have developed a circuit that uses a capacitor's voltage to reverse bias a thyristor. The voltage to reverse bias it is only about 10% of its off-state blocking voltage. I am confused how I ...
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Maximum current for a turn off thyristor

A gate turn off thyristor \$\beta_{off}=4.1\$ is shorted to a p- layer with doping \$N_A=6.5 \times 10^{13} cm^{-3}\$. If the hole mobility is \$450 cm^{2}/(V.s)\$, and the emitter fingers \$0.34 cm\$...
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Voltage and amperage requirements for resistance heating of glass

I am planning to introduce electric heating/boosting in my glass melting furnace. The present temperature of the glass is around 1200 deg C and I need to raise it up to 1300 deg C. I am trying to get ...
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Electric heating for glass melting furnace

Some furnaces use electricity for glass melting. Low voltage and high amperage power is passed through the molten glass through 2 molybednum electrodes dipped into the glass. The molten glass acts as ...
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How to separate ground efficiently in a thyristor circuit controlled by sensitive microcontroller

I've been trying to design capacitive discharge ignition circuits using a microcontroller ARM (Texas and ST) without success. Each circuit using them presents intereference problems during spark ...
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Why on shutdown the SCR can be compared to a power diode?

I have this as a homework question and can't seem to find the answer in my notes, book or internet. I know they will behave similarly when there is a reverse polarity on both, but the way my professor ...
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Xenon Flash thyristor trigger

I'm building a xenon flash unit with a power of 50Ws (300V 1000uF capacitor). I need to trigger it from a microcontroller. For that I use a MOC3041 to opto isolate my µC from the HV circuit and ...
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Why are the diodes in this circuit forward biased in spite of no current flowing through them?

Considering the following circuit, Normally in the +ve half cycle SCR1 is triggered after it takes its triggering gate pulse and then D2 becomes intrinsically forward biased so it's on and conducting ...
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What distinguishes an ordinary thyristor from a GTO thyristor?

A thyristor, I know, is a four-layer PNPN structure, with an anode on the first P section, a gate on the second P section, and a cathode on the second N section. This simple structure suggests that ...
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Testing a thyristor

I have a very large high voltage device that a friend asked me to take a look at. It has a bunch of BIG thyristor packages (Semikron, SKKT 106/18 E, Dual Thyristor Module, 600A 1800V). I'm testing ...
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Why the voltage suddenly reduces when thyristors change from forward blocking to conduction mode

As per the diagram: v-I characteristics of SCR is a graph of anode current I A on y-axis & anode to cathode Voltage plotted on x-axis v-I characteristics can be split into two parts namely ...
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Relays vs. thyristors: What is best for swiching 230 V lights on and off rapidly (~ 5 Hz)?

I am building my own disco/party lights. 230 V/60 W bulbs, and ideally I would like to switch them on and off at 5 Hz. I was planning on a simple setup with an Arduino controlling the lights. My ...
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SCR (thyristor) - Practical Dimmer Circuit

Could someone please explain the main function of the capacitor C3 connected between the gate of the thyristor (through the diac) and the cathode of the thyristor, in this Dimmer circuit schematic
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Negative gate SCR

I've accidentally supplied the gate of an high power phase control thyristor (Vdrm=5200V and It(rms)=6500A) with a negative current (about two times the trigger current and four times the trigger ...
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Can somebody explain how this circuit works?

I have the following circuit implemented in the control of a thyristor. I know the basic functionality of the circuit, but i need a complete description of every component. Thank you!
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Does Thyristor (SCR ) works for Inrush current protection?

Does a SCR ie Thyristor work for Inrush current protection in a circuit ?
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Triggering the thyristor for the single phase AC voltage controller in MATLAB

I have been trying to study the output characteristics of a thyristor based single phase AC voltage controller through the model in the picture attached. Could anyone tell me what I could do to ...
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Three-phase thyristor rectifier - Minimum firing angle

Why is a minimum firing angle (>0, usually 5-15°) defined for three-phase thyristor rectifier? I would like a technical explanation. Thanks
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Parallel RC filter on SCR gate

I came across an old circuit from work that discharges a capacitor (C1) into a step-up transformer to a low-impedance load. This event is triggered by a pulse into an SCR, whom has a parallel RC ...
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Why should I specify a 'pulse width' when firing a thyristor rectifier/inverter?

If I'm correct, the controller will send a gate signal to this bridge (6-pulse or 12-pulse) and even if it sends them with 1 degree of width, the thyristors must close until the current through it ...
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Thyristor/SCR \$i^2t\$ and \$i^2\sqrt{t}\$ Rating

I have commonly seen the \$i^2t\$ rating for fusing in a SCR datasheet. This is a helpful rating for assessing if pulses which exceed the surge current rating (Itsm) of the SCR will damage it. ...
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Thyristor as a traic

I have a thyristor with the connection as in this thyristor (fig 1) and i am trying to use it as a traic. Edit: I am using 3020 optoisolator and resistor value as shown in fig.2 Supply is 220V. Can ...
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Capacitor commutation of thyristor and DC load

In my school notes I have been given a basic thyristor circuit. I would like to breadboard a similar circuit and have some questions about choosing a suitable capacitor type and value between points P ...
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GTO Driver circuit

i am new to power electronics.I am working in project where input is pulsating dc and i have to control it, i try with scr but we can control only on of scr not off so in some case the cycle cut ...
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Inrush current switch with thyristor?

Background: I've a problem where I need to measure the inrush current of some parallel DC/DC converters in a system where the input voltage may vary between 360-600Vdc on start up. The inrush current ...
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Replacement Triac

I have a simple dimmer module with a busted Triac MAC97A6. I want to replace that component so that the module will work again but stores near my area don't have that specific component. One store ...
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Can a thyristor be built from two transistors?

Supposedly, an SCR/thyristor is just a simple, four layer PNPN semiconductor. If that's the case.. When a circuit calls for a SCR/thyristor, and there isn't one available, can it be substituted by (...
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Do phototriac optoisolators (e.g. MOC3021) require pulse trains?

I have a project where I need to make a microcontroller trigger an old, non-controlled, camera flash (think of discharging a capacitor through a xenon lamp). First idea was use a transistor-based ...
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Line Commutated Inverter

This is the circuit diagram for a Line Commutated Inverter which I came across in my power electronics book. The input and output voltage waveforms are give below: My logic says that from π to 2π,...
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Firing Anti-parallel Thyristors with continuously firing pulse-trains

Can I use two pulse trains as describe below to fire a set of anti-parallel thyristors? Is there any potential danger in this firing scheme? PS: I must use pulse train firing in my application.
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Main switch circuit with thyristor and bridge problem

Following circuit is a 220V touch switch from this website: http://8085projects.info/m668-based-touch-sensitive-step-dimmer-circuit.html I'm wondering how it works because the IC take its working ...
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IGBT-based capacitor charge transfer and thyristor-based capacitor discharge

simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab I am designing a circuit to provide a couple of strong and fast current pulses (~1000 A, more current is better, ~100 us, half-sine) ...
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Help with semi-controlled full wave monophasic rectifier using MOC3011 and SCR

I'm trying to build a full wave semi-controlled rectifier with this circuit: The zero's detection is working well and I am firing the TRIAC depending on the position of the potentiometer, the ...
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Average output voltage of single-phase thyristor-controlled bridge converter

This question is highly related to this one but I don't find the answers satisfying. I'm a bit confused about the equation for the DC output voltage of phase-controlled bridge rectifiers. \$V_{o_{...
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Inner Resistance of TRIAC

Due to some problems in my project, I am curious about the inner resistance of TRIAC when it turns on. I have run some tests. The setup is just like the schematic picture. Rs is the source ...