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Full Wave Rectifier is a diode circuit which is used to transform the complete cycle of Alternating Voltage (AC Supply) to Direct Voltage (DC Supply).

In full wave rectification, current flows through the load in the same direction for the complete cycle of input AC Supply.

- Centre Tap Full Wave Rectifier
- Full Wave Bridge Rectifier

The circuit of centre tap full wave rectifier consists of following main components −

- Two Diodes
- A centre-tapped transformer
- A load resistance

During the positive half cycle of input AC voltage, the end A of secondary winding becomes positive and the end B negative. This makes the diode D1 forward biased (acts as closed switch) and diode D2 reverse biased (acts as open switch). Therefore, current flows through the load (RL) from P to O.

During the negative half cycle of input AC supply, the end B of secondary winding becomes positive and the end A negative. This makes the diode D2 forward biased (acts like closed switch) and the diode D1 reverse biased (acts as open switch). Therefore, the current will flow from B to O through diode D2, load RL and lower half of the secondary winding.

Note that the current through the load is in the same direction for both half cycles of input AC supply. Hence DC output is obtained across the load.

The output frequency is twice the input frequency. Since the input supply is sine wave that repeats every 2π radians. The output of FWR is pulsating DC that repeats the same pattern as input AC twice every 2π radians.

$$\mathrm{f_{out}=2f_{in}}$$

- The diodes must have peak inverse voltage.
- It is difficult to locate centre tap on secondary winding.

The full wave bridge rectifier eliminates the need of centre tapped transformer. It contains four diodes connected to form bridge.

The circuit of full wave bridge rectifier consists of following main components −

- Four Diodes
- A step down transformer
- A load resistance

During positive half cycle, the end A of secondary winding becomes positive and the end B negative. This makes diodes D1 and D3 forward biased (acts like closed switch) and diodes D2 and D4 reverse biased (acts like open switch). The current flows from A to B through diode D1, load RL and diode D3.

During Negative half cycle, the end A of secondary winding becomes negative and the end B positive. This makes diodes D1 and D3 reverse biased (acts like open switch) and diodes D2 and D4 forward biased (acts like closed switch). The current flows from B to A through diode D2, load RL and diode D4.

Therefore, the current flows through load RL in the same direction for both the cycles of input AC supply. Hence, DC output is obtained across the load.

The output is twice that of the centre tap full wave rectifier for the same secondary voltage.

No need of centre tapped transformer.

For same DC output, PIV of full wave bridge rectifier is half that of Centre-Tap FWR.

It requires four diodes.

During each half cycle of AC input, the two diodes that conduct are in series which causes voltage drop in internal resistance of diodes.

The efficiency of FWR is defined as the ration output DC power to the input AC power.

$$\mathrm{\eta=\frac{P_{dc}}{P_{ac}}}$$

The maximum efficiency of Full wave rectifier is 81.2%.

“The PIV is the maximum voltage that a diode can withstand without destruction when it is reverse biased”

For the centre – tap full wave rectifier, the PIV is twice of the maximum secondary winding voltage.

$$\mathrm{PIV=2V_{m}}$$

For Bridge FWR, the PIV of each diode is equal to the maximum secondary voltage.

$$\mathrm{PIV=V_{m}}$$

$$\mathrm{I_{RMS}=\frac{I_{m}}{\sqrt{2}}}$$

$$\mathrm{I_{RMS}=\frac{2I_{m}}{\pi}}$$

$$\mathrm{V_{dc}=V_{dc}R_{L}=V_{avg}R_{L}}$$

$$\mathrm {{Form\:Factor}=\frac{RMS \:Value}{Avg.Value}=\frac{V_{rms}}{V_{avg}}}$$

For FWR the form factor equals to 1.11

Ripple Factor gives the information about how a FWR can transform input AC voltage to output DC voltage. It is given by

$$\mathrm{Ripple\:Factor=\sqrt{(Form\:Factor)^2}-1}$$

The ripple factor for full wave rectifier is 0.482.

In a centre tapped full wave rectifier, the internal resistance of each diode is . The transformer secondary RMS voltage from centre tap to each end of secondary is 60 V and load resistance is . Find −

- The average load current
- RMS value of load current
- DC output voltage
- Peak Inverse Voltage

RMS voltage across half secondary winding,V_{rms}=60V

Maximum voltage across half secondary winding,$V_{m}=60×\sqrt{2}=84.84 V$

$$\mathrm{(∵ V_{m}=𝑉V_{rms}×√2 )}$$

$$\mathrm{I_{m}=\frac{V_{m}}{R_{d}+R_{L}}=\frac{84.84}{(10+870)}=96.41 mA}$$

(a) The average load current

$$\mathrm{I_{avg}=\frac{2l_{m}}{\pi}=\frac{2×96.41}{\pi}=61.41 mA}$$

(b) The RMS value of load current

$$\mathrm{I_{rms}=\frac{l_{m}}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{96.41}{\sqrt{2}}=68.18 mA}$$

(c) DC output voltage

$$\mathrm{V_{dc}=I_{avg}R_{L}=61.41×870=53.43 V}$$

(d) Peak Inverse Voltage

$$\mathrm{PIV=2V_{m}=2×84.84=169.68 V}$$

In a full wave bridge rectifier circuit, each diode have forward resistance of 2Ω and an infinite reverse resistance. The alternating supply voltage is 230 V RMS and resistive load is 50Ω. Calculate

- (a) Average load current
- (b) Rectifier Efficiency

The RMS value of supply voltage

$$\mathrm{V_{rms}=230 V}$$

The maximum value of supply voltage

$$\mathrm{V_{m}=230×√2=325.22 V}$$

Maximum value of load current

$$\mathrm{I_{m}=\frac{V}{2R_{d}+R_{L}}=\frac{325.22}{(4+50)}=6.02 A}$$

(a) Average load current

$$\mathrm{I_{avg}=\frac{2l_{m}}{\pi}=\frac{2×6.02}{\pi}=3.83 A}$$

(b) RMS value of load current

$$\mathrm{I_{rms}=\frac{l_{m}}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{6.02}{\sqrt{2}}=4.26 A}$$

Rectifier efficiency,

$$ \mathrm{\eta=\frac{p_{dc}}{p_{ac}}=\frac{I_{avg^2×{R}𝐿}}{(I_{rms})^2×(2R_{d}+R_{L})}=\frac{3.83^2×50}{4.26^2×54}×100=74.84\%}$$

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