Home » Peak Inverse Voltage of Center Tap Rectifier
Electronic Devices & Circuits

Peak Inverse Voltage of Center Tap Rectifier

Peak Inverse Voltage Each diode in the full-wave rectifier is alternately forward-biased and then reverse-biased. The maximum reverse voltage that each diode must withstand is the peak secondary voltage Vp(sec). This is shown in Figure where D2 is assumed to be reverse-biased (red) and D1 is assumed to be forward-biased (green) to illustrate the concept.

Peak Inverse Voltage of Center Tap Rectifier

Fig : Diode reverse voltage ( D2 Reverse Biased & D1 Forward Biased )

When the total secondary voltage Vsec has the polarity shown, the maximum anode voltage of D1 is Vp(sec)> 2 and the maximum anode voltage of D2 is -Vp(sec)>2. Since D1 is assumed to be forward-biased, its cathode is at the same voltage as its anode minus the diode drop; this is also the voltage on the cathode of D2.

The peak inverse voltage across D2 is

center-tapped-full-wave-rectifier-piv

Therefore, by substitution, the peak inverse voltage across either diode in a full-wave center tapped rectifier is

peak-inverse-voltage-formula

Share With Your Friends

Related Articles

Transistor as Amplifier

S Bharadwaj Reddy

Insulators, Conductors and Semiconductors

S Bharadwaj Reddy

Short Notes on Rectifiers & Filters

S Bharadwaj Reddy

What is Kirchhoff’s Current Law

S Bharadwaj Reddy

Band Gap for Semiconductor Materials

S Bharadwaj Reddy

Summary Of Transistor Bias Circuits

S Bharadwaj Reddy

Leave a Comment

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Peak Inverse Voltage of Center Tap Rectifier

WordPress Image Lightbox

Send this to a friend