EE 321 Lab
Prelab for Lab 5: DIODES AND RECTIFIER CIRCUITS
Read the lab before answering these questions.
1) Consider the `superdiode' shown in Figure 2.

If V_{o} is positive which way is
current flowing in the load resistor? Where is the current coming from? Which way is
current flowing in the diode? What voltage would you measure at the output of the opamp?

If V_{o} is negative, answer the above questions. Would you expect the
output to go negative when the input does?

When the input goes positive what do you expect V_{o} to do?

When the input goes negative what do you expect V_{o} to do?
2) Consider the "bridge" rectifier of Figure 3.

Sketch the current path thru the diodes during
each halfcycle (first when the sine input is positive and then when it
is negative). Indicate the voltage drop across each diode and resistor.

Reverse any one diode and draw the current paths and find voltages as above.
What would the result be if you did this in the lab?
3) Consider the 'ripple' voltage for a full wave rectifier as you will measure in part 8.
There will be a 5 k load and a 10 uf capacitor. First draw a figure of the waveform
as in Fir 3.42 in Sedra and Smith with correct time and voltage scales (V_{in} = 10 V pp).

Use three methods to find the ripple amplitude.

First use dv/dt = i/C to find the voltage
drop. Show that this gives a peak to peak ripple voltage of iT/C where T is the
period of the rectified signal.

Second use V = V_{peak} e ^{t/tau} as a function for the voltage drop.
Show that this gives a peak to peak ripple voltage of V_{peak} (1 e ^{t/tau})

Third find a formula in
the book.

Reduce the load resistance to 100 ohms, and find the ripple voltage by the three methods.
Which make sense, which don't?
Extra Credit  do this in the prelab so you can do the extra credit part of the lab.
Analyze the extra credit circuit and show measured voltage is proportional to the average
(not peak) of the absolute value of the input voltage. Find the constant of proportionality
and complete the design.
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