CHAPTER 2
Rectifiers: Converting AC to DC
2.1 Introduction
Since the easily available voltage is a sinusoid, which alternates as a function
of time, the first task is to convert it into a useful and reliable constant (dc) voltage for
the successful operation of electronic circuits and direct current machines. The
conversion process is called the rectification. Although there are other
semiconductors devices suitable for rectification, diodes are frequently employed. A
rectifier is a circuit that converts an ac signal into a dc signal or sometime is called ac
to dc converter. The rectifiers are classified into two types, singlephase and three
phase. The typical applications of the rectifier circuits such as dc welder, dc motor
drive, Battery charger, dc power supply, High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC).
2.2 SinglePhase HalfWave Rectifiers
A singlephase halfwave rectifier is the simplest type, but it is not normally
used in industrial applications. However, it is useful in understanding the principle of
rectifier operation. The circuit diagram with a resistive load is shown in Figure 2.l(a).
During the positive halfcycle of the input voltage, diode D
1
conducts and the input
voltage appears across the load. During the negative halfcycle of the input voltage,
the diode is in a blocking condition and the output voltage is zero. The waveforms for
the input voltage and output voltage are shown in Figure 2.1(b).
(a) Circuit diagram
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(b) Waveforms
Figure 2.1: Singlephase halfwave rectifier
2.3 Performance Parameters
Although the output voltage as shown in Figure 2.1(b) is dc, it is
discontinuous and contains harmonics. A rectifier is a power processor that should
give a dc output voltage with a minimum amount of harmonic contents. At the same
time, it should maintain the input current as sinusoidal as possible and in phase with
the input voltage so that the power factor is near unity. The powerprocessing quality
of a rectifier requires the determination of harmonic contents of the input current, the
output voltage, and the output current. Fourier series expansions can be used to find
the harmonic contents of voltages and currents. There are different types of rectifier
circuits and the performances of a rectifier are normally evaluated in terms of the
following parameters:
The average value of the output (load) voltage, V
dc
The average value of the output (load) current, I
dc
The output dc power,
P
dc
= V
dc
I
dc
(2.1)
The rootmeansquare (rms) value of the output voltage, V
rms
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The rms value of the output current, I
rms
The output ac power
P
ac
= V
rms
I
rms
(2.2)
The efficiency (or rectification ratio) of a rectifier, which is a figure of merit
and permits us to compare the effectiveness, is defined as
ac
dc
P
P
= (2.3)
The output voltage can be considered as composed of two components: (1) the
dc value, and (2) the ac component or ripple.
The effective (rms) value of the ac component of output voltage is
2 2
dc rms ac
V V V = (2.4)
The form factor, which is a measure of the shape of output voltage, is
dc
rms
V
V
FF = (2.5)
The ripple factor, which is a measure of the ripple content, is defined as
dc
ac
V
V
RF = (2.6)
Substituting Eq. (2.4) in Eq. (2.6), the ripple factor can be expressed as
1 1
2
2
=


.

\

= FF
V
V
RF
dc
rms
(2.7)
The transformer utilization factor is defined as
s s
dc
I V
P
TUF = (2.8)
where V
s
and I
s
, are the rms voltage and rms current of the transformer secondary, re
spectively. Consider the waveform of Figure 2.2, where v
s
is the sinusoidal input
voltage, i
s
is the instantaneous input current, and i
s1
is its fundamental component.
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Figure 2.2: Waveforms for input voltage and current
If  is the angle between the fundamental components of the input current and voltage,
 is called the displacement angle. The displacement factor is defined as
DF = cos  (2.9)
The harmonic factor (HF) of the input current is defined as
2 / 1
2
1
2 / 1
2
1
2
1
2
1
(
(


.

\

=


.

\

=
s
s
s
s s
I
I
I
I I
HF (2.10)
where I
s1
is the fundamental component of the input current I
s
. Both I
s1
and I
s
are ex
pressed here in rms. The input power factor (PF) is defined as
cos cos
1 1
s
s
s s
s s
I
I
I V
I V
PF = = (2.11)
Crest factor (CF), which is a measure of the peak input current I
s(peak)
as compared
with its rms value I
s,
is often of interest to specify the peak current ratings of devices
and components. CF of the input current is defined by
s
peak s
I
I
CF
) (
= (2.12)
Example 2.1: Finding the performance parameters of a Halfwave Rectifier
The rectifier in Figure 2.l(a) has a purely resistive load of R. Determine,
(a) the efficiency,
(b) the FF,
(c) the RF,
(d) the TUF,
(e) the PIV of diode D
1
,
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(f) the CF of the input current
(g) input PF.
Solution of Example 2.1
The average output voltage V
dc
is defined as
( )
}
=
T
L dc
dt t v
T
V
0
1
We can notice from Figure 2.1(b) that v
L
(t) = 0 for T/2 t T. Hence,

.

\

= =
}
1
2
cos sin
1
2 /
0
T
T
V
dt t V
T
V
m
T
m dc
(2.13)
The rms value of a periodic waveform is defined as
( )
2 / 1
0
2
1
(
=
}
T
L rms
dt t v
T
V
For a sinusoidal voltage of v
0
(t) = V
m
sin et for 0 t T/2, the rms value of the
output voltage is
( )
m
m
T
m rms
V
V
dt t V
T
V 5 . 0
2
sin
1
2 / 1
2 /
0
2
= =
(
=
}
R
V
R
V
I
m rms
rms
5 . 0
= = (2.14)
From Eq. (2.1), P
dc
= (0.318V
m
)
2
/R, and from Eq. (2.2), P
ac
= (0.5V
m
)
2
/R
a) From Eq. (2.3), the efficiency q = (0.318V
m
)
2
/(0.5V
m
)
2
= 40.5%.
b) From Eq. (2.5), the FF = 0.5V
m
/0.318V
m
= 1.57 or 157%.
c) From Eq. (2.7), the RF = 1 57 . 1
2
= 1.21 or 121%.
d) The rms voltage of the transformer secondary is
( )
m
T
m s
V
Vm
dt t V
T
V 707 . 0
2
sin
1
2 / 1
0
2
= =
(
=
}
(2.15)
The rms value of the transformer secondary current is the same as that
of the load:
R
V
I
m
s
5 . 0
=
The voltampere rating (VA) of the transformer,
VA = V
s
I
s
= 0.707V
m
0.5V
m
/R.
From Eq. (2.8) TUF = P
ac
/(V
s
I
s
) = 0.138
2
/(0.707 0.5) = 0.286.
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e) The peak reverse (or inverse) blocking voltage PIV = V
m
.
f) I
s(peak)
= V
m
/R and I
s
= 0.5V
m
/R. The CF of the input current is CF =
I
s(peak)
/I
s
= 1/0.5 =2.
g) The input PF for a resistive load can be found from
707 . 0
5 . 0 707 . 0
5 . 0
2
=
= =
VA
P
PF
ac
(a) Circuit diagram (b) Waveforms
(c) Waveforms
Figure 2.3: Halfwave rectifier with RL load
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Consider the circuit of Figure 2.l(a) with an RL load as shown in Figure 2.3(a). Due to
inductive load, the conduction period of diode D
1
will extend beyond 180 until the
current becomes zero at et = t + o. The waveforms for the current and voltage are
shown in Figure 2.3(b). It should be noted that the average v
L
of the inductor is zero.
The average output voltage is
( )   ( )  
+ = = =
+
+
}
cos 1
2
cos
2
sin
2
0
0
m m m
dc
V
t
V
t d t
V
V (2.16)
The average load current is I
dc
= V
dc
/R.
It can be noted from Eq. (2.16) that the average voltage and current can be
increased by making o = 0, which is possible by adding a freewheeling diode D
m
as
shown in Figure 2.3(a) with dashed lines. The effect of this diode is to prevent a
negative voltage appearing across the load; and as a result, the magnetic stored energy
is increased. At t = t
1
= t/e, the current from D
1
is transferred to D
m
and this process
is called commutation of diodes and the waveforms are shown in Figure 2.3(c).
Depending on the load time constant, the load current may be discontinuous. Load
current i
0
is discontinuous with a resistive load and continuous with a very high
inductive load. The continuity of the load current depends on its time constant t =
eL/R.
If the output is connected to a battery, the rectifier can be used as a battery
charger. This is shown in Figure 2.4(a). For v
s
> E, diode D
1
conducts. The angle o
when the diode starts conducting can be found from the condition.
V
m
sin o = E
(a) Circuit
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(b) Waveforms
Figure 2.4: Battery charger
m
V
E
1
sin
= (2.17)
Diode D
1
is turned off when v
s
< E at
 = t o
The charging current i
L
, which is shown in Figure 2.4(b), can be found from
R
E t V
R
E v
i
m s
=
=
sin
0
for o < et < 
Example 2.2: Finding the Performance Parameters of a Battery Charger
The battery voltage in Figure 2.4(a) is E = 12 V and its capacity is 100 Wh. The
average charging current should be I
dc
= 5 A. The primary input voltage is V
p
= 120 V,
60 Hz, and the transformer has a turn ratio of n = 2:1. Calculate
(a) the conduction angle o of the diode.
(b) the currentlimiting resistance R.
(c) the power rating P
R
of R.
(d) the charging time h
0
in hours.
(e) the rectifier efficiency q.
(f) the PIV of the diode.
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Solution of Example 2.2
E = 12 V, V
p
= 120 V, V
s
= V
p
/n = 120/2 = 60 V, and V
m
= \2 V
s
, = \2 60 =
84.85 V.
a) From Eq. (2.17), o = sin
1
(12/84.85) = 8.13 or 0.1419 rad.  = 180 8.13 =
171.87. The conduction angle is o =  o = 171.87 8.13 = 163.74.
b) The average charging current I
dc
is
( ) ( ) E E V
R
t d
R
E t V
I
m
m
dc
+ =
=
}
2 cos 2
2
1 sin
2
1
, for  = t o
(2.18)
which gives
( )
( ) O = +
=
+ =
26 . 4 12 1419 . 0 12 2 13 . 8 cos 85 . 84 2
5 2
1
2 cos 2
2
1
E E V
I
R
m
dc
c) The rms battery current I
rms
is
( )
( )
( )
A 2 . 8
4 . 67
cos 4 2 sin
2
2
2 2
1
sin
2
1
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
=
=
(
(
+


.

\

+ =
=
}
rms
rms
m
m m
rms
m
rms
I
I
E V
V
E
V
R
I
t d
R
E t V
I
(2.19)
The power rating of R is P
R
= 8.2
2
4.26 = 286.4 W.
d) The power delivered P
dc
to the battery is
P
dc
= EI
dc
= 12 5 = 60 W
h
o
P
dc
= 100 or h 667 . 1
60
100
P
100
h
dc
o
= = =
e) The rectifier efficiency q is
% 32 . 17
4 . 286 60
60
=
+
=
+
= =
R dc
dc
P P
P
power input total
battery the to delivered power
(2.20)
Instead of using a centertapped transformer, we could use four diodes, as shown in
Figure 2.6(a). During the positive halfcycle of the input voltage, the power is
supplied to the load through diodes D
1
and D
2
. During the negative cycle, diodes D
3
and D
4
conduct. The waveform for the output voltage is shown in Figure 2.6(b) and is
similar to that of Figure 2.5(b). The peakinverse voltage of a diode is only V
m
. This
circuit is known as a bridge rectifier, and it is commonly used in industrial
applications.
(a) Circuit diagram (b) Waveforms
Figure 2.5: Fullwave rectifier with centertapped transformer
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(a)Circuit diagram (b) Waveforms
Figure 2.6: Fullwave bridge rectifier
Example 2.3: Finding the Performance Parameters of a FullWave Rectifier
with CenterTapped Transformer
If the rectifier in Figure 2.5(a) has a purely resistive load of R, determine
(a) the efficiency.
(b) the FF.
(c) the RF.
(d) the TUF.
(e) the PIV of diode D
1
.
(f) the CF of the input current.
Solution of Example 2.3
From Eq. (2.20), the average output voltage is
m
m
dc
V
V
V 6366 . 0
2
= =
=
}
R
V
R
V
I
m rms
rms
707 . 0
= =
From Eq. (2.1), P
dc
= (0.6366V
m
)
2
/R, and from Eq. (2.2), P
ac
= (0.707V
m
)
2
/R
a) From Eq. (2.3), the efficiency q = (0.6366V
m
)
2
/(0.707V
m
)
2
= 81%.
b) From Eq. (2.5), the FF = 0.707V
m
/0.6366V
m
= 1.11.
c) From Eq. (2.7), the RF = 1 11 . 1
2
= 0.482 or 48.2%.
d) The rms voltage of the transformer secondary is V
s
= V
m
/\2 = 0.707V
m
.The
rms value of the transformer secondary current is Is = 0.5Vm/R. The volt
ampere rating (VA) of the transformer, VA = 2V
s
I
s
= 2 0.707V
m
0.5V
m
/R.
From Eq. (2.8)
TUF = P
ac
/(V
s
I
s
) = 0.6366
2
/(2 0.707 0.5) = 0.5732 = 57.32%.
e) The peak reverse (or inverse) blocking voltage PIV = 2V
m
.
f) I
s(peak)
= V
m
/R and I
s
= 0.707V
m
/R. The CF of the input current is CF =
I
s(peak)
/I
s
= 1/0.707 = \2.
g) The input PF for a resistive load can be found from
707 . 0
5 . 0 707 . 0 2
707 . 0
2
=
= =
VA
P
PF
ac
2.5 SinglePhase FullWave Rectifier With RL Load
With a resistive load, the load current is identical in shape to the output
voltage. In practice, most loads are inductive to a certain extent and the load current
depends on the values of load resistance R and load inductance L. This is shown in
Figure 2.7(a). A battery of voltage E is added to develop generalized equations. If v
s
=
V
m
sin et = \2 V
s
sin et is the input voltage, the load current i
0
can be found from
t V E Ri
dt
di
L
s
sin 2
0
0
= + + , for i
0
0
which has a solution of the form
( )
( )
R
E
e A t
Z
V
i
t L R s
+ =
/
1 0
sin
2
(2.21)
where load impedance Z = [R
2
+ (eL)
2
]
1/2
, load impedance angle u = tan
1
(eL/R), and
V
s
is the rms value of the input voltage.
Case 1: continuous load current. This is shown in Figure 2.7(b). The constant A
1
in
Eq. (2.21) can be determined from the condition: at et = t, i
0
= I
0
.
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( )( )
/ /
0 1
sin
2
L R s
e
Z
V
R
E
I A


.

\

+ =
Substitution of A i in Eq. (2.21) yields
( )
( )( )
R
E
e
Z
V
R
E
I t
Z
V
i
t L R s s


.

\

+ + =
/ /
0 0
sin
2
sin
2
(2.22)
Under a steadystate condition, i
0
(et = 0) = i
0
(et = t). That is, i
0
(et = t) = I
0
.
Applying this condition, the value of I
0
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
I
L R
L R
s
+
=
/ /
/ /
0
1
1
sin
2
for I
0
0 (2.23)
which, after substituting I
0
in Eq. (2.22) and simplification, gives
( )
( )( )
( )
R
E
e
e
t
Z
V
i
t L R
L R
s
+ =
/
/ /
0
sin
1
2
sin
2
,
for 0 (et u) t and i
0
0 (2.24)
The rms diode current can be found from Eq. (2.24) as
( )
2 / 1
0
2
0
2
1
(
=
}
t d i I
r
and the rms output current can then be determined by combining the rms current of
each diode as
( )
r r r rms
I I I I 2
2 / 1
2 2
= + =
The average diode current can also be found from Eq. (2.24) as
( )
}
=
0
0
2
1
t d i I
d
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Figure 2.7: Fullbridge rectifier with RL load
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Case 2: discontinuous load current. This is shown in Figure 2.7(d). The load current
flows only during the period o et . Let us define x = E/V
m
= E/\2V
s
as the load
battery (emf) constant, called the voltage ratio. The diodes start to conduct at et = o
given by
( ) x
V
E
m
1 1
sin sin
= =
At et = o, i
0
(et) = 0 and Eq. (2.21) gives
( )
( )( )
/ /
1
sin
2
L R s
e
Z
V
R
E
A
(
=
which, after substituting in Eq. (2.21), yields the load current
( ) ( )
( )( )
R
E
e
Z
V
R
E
t
Z
V
i
t L R s s
(
(
+ =
/ /
0
sin
2
sin
2
(2.25)
At et = , the current falls to zero, and i
0
(et = ) = 0. That is,
( ) ( )
( )( )
0 sin
2
sin
2
/ /
=
(
(
+
R
E
e
Z
V
R
E
t
Z
V
L R s s
(2.26)
Dividing Eq. (2.26) by \2V
s
/Z, and substituting R/Z = cos u and eL/R = tan u,
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
0
cos
sin
cos
sin
tan
=


.

\

+
x
e
x
(2.27)
 can be determined from this transcendental equation by an iterative (trial and error)
method of solution. Start with  = 0, and increase its value by a very small amount
until the lefthand side of this equation becomes zero.
The rms diode current can be found from Eq. (2.25) as
( )
2 / 1
0
2
0
2
1
(
(
=
}
t d i I
r
The average diode current can also be found from Eq. (2.25) as
( )
}
=
0
0
2
1
t d i I
d
Boundary conditions: The condition for the discontinuous current can be found by
setting I
0
in Eq. (2.23) to zero.
( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
L
R
L
R
s
(
(
(
+
=

.

\


.

\


.

\


.

\

1
1
sin
2
0
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which can be solved for the voltage ratio x = E/(\2V
s
) as
( ) ( ) ( )
cos sin
1
1
:
(
(
(
+
=

.

\


.

\


.

\


.

\

L
R
L
R
e
e
x (2.28)
The plot of the voltage ratio x against the load impedance angle u is shown in Figure
2.8. The load angle u cannot exceed t/2. The value of x is 63.67% at u = 1.5567 rad,
43.65% at u = 0.52308 rad (30) and 0% at u = 0.
Example 2.4: Finding the Performance Parameters of a FullWave Rectifier with
an RL Load
The singlephase fullwave rectifier of Figure 2.7(a) has L = 6.5 mH, R = 2.5 H, and
E = 10 V. The input voltage is V
s
= 120 V at 60 Hz.
(a) Determine
(1) the steadystate load current I
0
at et = 0,
(2) the average diode current I
d
.
(3) the rms diode current I
r
.
(4) the rms output current I
rms
.
(b) Use PSpice to plot the instantaneous output current i
0
.
Assume diode parameters IS = 2.22E  15, BV = 1800 V.
Solution of Example 3.4
It is not known whether the load current is continuous or discontinuous. Assume that
the load current is continuous and proceed with the solution. If the assumption is not
correct, the load current is zero and then moves to the case for a discontinuous current.
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Figure 2.8: Boundary of continuous and discontinuous regions for singlephase
rectifier
a. R = 2.5 O, L = 6.5 mH, f = 60 Hz, e= 2t 60 = 377 rad/s, V
s
= 120 V, Z =
[R
2
+ (eL)
2
]
1/2
= 3.5 O, and u = tan
1
(eL/R) = 44.43.
(1) The steadystate load current at et = 0, I
0
= 32.8 A. Because I
0
> 0, the load
current is continuous and the assumption is correct.
(2) The numerical integration of i
0
in Eq. (2.24) yields the average diode current
as I
d
= 19.61 A.
(3) By numerical integration of
2
0
i between the limits et = 0 and t, we get the
rms diode current as I
r
= 28.5 A.
(4) The rms output current I
rms
= \2I
r
= \2 28.50 = 40.3 A.
2.6 ThreePhase Bridge Rectifiers
A threephase bridge rectifier is commonly used in highpower applications
and it is shown in Figure 2.10. This is a fullwave rectifier. It can operate with or
without a transformer and gives sixpulse ripples on the output voltage. The diodes
are numbered in order of conduction sequences and each one conducts for 120. The
conduction sequence for diodes is D
1
D
2
, D
3
D
2
, D
3
D
4
, D
5
D
4
, D
5
D
6
and D
1
D
6
. The pair of diodes which are connected between that pair of supply lines having
the highest amount of instantaneous linetoline voltage will conduct. The linetoline
voltage is \3 times the phase voltage of a threephase Yconnected source. The
waveforms and conduction times of diodes are shown in Figure 2.11. If V
m
is the
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peak value of the phase voltage, then the instantaneous phase voltages can be
described by
v
an
= V
m
sin(et), v
bn
= V
m
sin(et 120
o
), v
cn
= V
m
sin(et 240
o
)
Figure 2.10: Threephase bridge rectifier
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Figure 2.11: Waveforms and conduction times of diodes
Because the lineline voltage leads the phase voltage by 30, the instantaneous line
line voltages can be described by
v
ab
= \3V
m
sin(et + 30
o
),
v
bc
= \3V
m
sin(et 90
o
),
v
ca
= \3V
m
sin(et 210
0
)
The average output voltage is found from
Rectifiers: Converting AC to DC
 46 
( )
m
m
m dc
V
V
t d t V V
654 . 1
3 3
cos 3
6 / 2
2
6 /
0
=
=
=
}
(2.29)
where V
m
, is the peak phase voltage.
The rms output voltage is
( )
m
m
m rms
V
V
t d t V V
6554 . 1
4
3 9
2
3
cos 3
6 / 2
2
2 / 1
2 / 1
6 /
0
2 2
=


.

\

+ =
(
=
}
(2.30)
If the load is purely resistive, the peak current through a diode is I
m
= \3V
m
/R and the
rms value of the diode current is
( )
m
m
m r
I
I
t d t I I
5518 . 0
6
2
sin
2
1
6
1
cos
2
4
2 / 1
2 / 1
6 /
0
2 2
=
(

.

\

+ =
(
=
}
(2.32)
and the rms value of the transformer secondary current,
( )
m
m
m s
I
I
t d t I I
7804 . 0
6
2
sin
2
1
6
2
cos
2
8
2 / 1
2 / 1
6 /
0
2 2
=
(

.

\

+ =
(
=
}
(2.33)
where I
m
is the peak secondary line current.
Example 2.5: Finding the Performance Parameters of a ThreePhase Bridge
Rectifier
A threephase bridge rectifier has a purely resistive load of R. Determine
(a) the efficiency.
(b) the FF.
(c) the RF.
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 47 
(d) the TUF.
(e) the peak inverse (or reverse) voltage (PIV) of each diode.
(f) the peak current through a diode.
The rectifier delivers I
dc
= 60 A at an output voltage of V
dc
= 280.7 V and the source
frequency is 60 Hz.
Solution of Example 2.5
a. From Eq. (2.29), V
dc
= 1.654V
m
and I
dc
= 1.654V
m
/R.
From Eq. (2.30), V
rms
= 1.6554V
m
, and I
rms
= 1.6554V
m
/R.
From Eq. (2.1), P
dc
= (l.654V
m
)
2
/R.
From Eq. (2.2), P
ac
= (1.6554 V
m
)
2
/R.
From Eq. (2.3) the efficiency
( )
( )
% 83 . 99
6554 . 1
654 . 1
2
2
= =
m
m
V
V
The average current through each diode is I
d
= 60/3 = 20 A; therefore, the peak
current is I
m
= 20/0.3183 = 62.83 A.
2.7 ThreePhase Bridge Rectifier With RL Load
Equations that are derived in Section 2.5 can be applied to determine the load
current of a threephase rectifier with an RL load (similar to Figure 2.12). It can be
noted from Figure 2.11 that the output voltage becomes
Rectifiers: Converting AC to DC
 48 
v
ab
= \2 V
ab
sin et for
3
2
3
s s t
where V
ab
is the linetoline rms input voltage. The load current i
0
can be found from
t V E Ri
dt
di
L
ab
sin 2
0
0
= + +
which has a solution of the form
( )
( )
R
E
e A t
Z
V
i
t L R ab
+ =
/
1 0
sin
2
(2.34)
where load impedance ( )  
2 / 1
2 2
L R Z + = and load impedance angle = tan
1
(eL/R).
The constant A
1
in Eq. (2.34) can be determined from the condition:
at et = t/3, i
0
= I
0
.
( )( )
3 / /
0 1
3
sin
2
L R ab
e
Z
V
R
E
I A
(
(

.

\

+ =
Substitution of A
1
in Eq. (3.45) yields
( )
( )( )
R
E
e
Z
V
R
E
I t
Z
V
i
t L R ab ab
(
(

.

\

+ + =
3 / /
0 0
3
sin
2
sin
2
(2.35)
Under a steadystate condition, i
0
(et = 2t/3) = i
0
(et = t/3). That is, i
0
(et = 2t/3) = I
0
.
Applying this condition, we get the value of I
0
as
( ) ( )
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
I
L R
L R
ab
3 / /
3 / /
0
1
3 / sin 3 / 2 sin 2
for I
0
0 (2.36)
which, after substitution in Eq. (2.35) and simplification, gives
( )
( ) ( )
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
t
Z
V
i
t L R
t L R
ab
+ =
3 / /
3 / /
0
1
3 / sin 3 / 2 sin
sin
2
for t/3 et 2t/3 and i
0
0
(2.37)
The rms diode current can be found from Eq. (2.37) as
( )
2 / 1
3 / 2
3 /
2
0
2
2
(
=
}
t d i I
r
and the rms output current can then be determined by combining the rms current of
each diode as
( )
r r r r rms
I I I I I 3
2 / 1
2 2 2
= + + =
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 49 
The average diode current can also be found from Eq. (2.36) as
( )
}
=
3 / 2
3 /
0
2
2
t d i I
d
Boundary conditions: The condition for the discontinuous current can be found by
setting I
0
in Eq. (2.36) to zero.
0
1
3
sin
3
2
sin
2
3
3
=
(
(
(
(
(

.

\


.

\


.

\


.

\


.

\


.

\

R
E
e
e
Z
V
L
R
L
R
AB
cos
1
3
sin
3
2
sin
:
tan 3
tan 3
(
(
(
(
(

.

\


.

\

=


.

\



.

\

e
e
x (2.38)
Figure 2.12: Threephase bridge rectifier for PSpice simulation
Rectifiers: Converting AC to DC
 50 
2.13: Boundary of continuous and discontinuous for threephase rectifier
2.8 Principle of Phasecontrolled Converter Operation Singlephase Half
wave Controlled Converter
During the positive halfcycle of input voltage, the thyristor anode is positive
with respect to its cathode and the thyristor is said to be forward biased. When
thyristor T
1
is fired at et = o, thyristor T
1
conducts and the input voltage appears
across the load. When the input voltage starts to be negative at et = t, the thyristor is
negative with respect to its cathode and thyristor T
1
said to be reverse biased and it is
turned off. The time after the input voltage starts to go negative until the thyristor is
fired at et = o is called the delay or firing angle o.
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 51 
Figure 2.14: Singlephase thyristor converter with a resistive load
Figure 2.14(b) shows the region of converter operation, where the output
voltage and current have one polarity. Figure 2.14(c) shows the waveforms for input
voltage, output voltage, load current, and voltage across T
1
. This converter is not
normally used in industrial applications because its output has high ripple content and
low ripple frequency. However, it explains the principle of the singlephase thyristor
converter. If f
s
is the frequency of input supply, the lowest frequency of output ripple
voltage is f
s
.
If V
m
is the peak input voltage, the average output voltage V
dc
can be found
from
( )   ( )
cos 1
2
cos
2
sin
2
1
+ = = =
}
m m
m dc
V
t
V
t td V V (2.39)
and V
dc
can be varied from V
m
/t to 0 by varying a from 0 to t. The average output
voltage becomes maximum when a = 0 and the maximum output voltage V
dm
is
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 52 
m
dm
V
V = (2.40)
Normalizing the output voltage with respect to V
dm
, the normalized output voltage
( ) cos 1 5 . 0 + = =
dm
dc
n
V
V
V (2.41)
The rootmeansquare (rms) output voltage is given by
( ) ( ) ( )
2 / 1
2 / 1
2
2 / 1
2 2
2
2 sin 1
2
2 cos 1
4
sin
2
1
(

.

\

+ =
(
=
(
=
} }
m m
m rms
V
t d t
V
t td V V
(2.42)
Gating sequence. The gating sequence for the thyristor switch is as follows:
1. Generate a pulsesignal at the positive zero crossing of the supply voltage v
s
.
2. Delay the pulse by the desired angle o and apply it between the gate and cathode
terminals of T
1
through a gateisolating circuit.
Example 2.6: Finding the Performances of a SinglePhase Controlled Converter
If the converter of Figure 2.14(a) has a purely resistive load of R and the delay angle
is o = t/2. Determine
(a) the rectification efficiency.
(b) the form factor (FF).
(c) the ripple factor (RF).
(d) the TUF.
(e) the peak inverse voltage (PIV) of thyristor T
1
.
Solution of Example 2.6
The delay angle o = t/2. From Eq. (2.39), V
dc
= 0.1592 V
m
and I
dc
= 0.1592V
m
/R.
Form Eq. (2.41), V
n
= 0.5,
From Eq. (2.42) V
rms
= 0.3536V
m
and I
rms
= 0.3536V
m
/R.
From Eq. (2.1) P
dc
= V
dc
I
dc
= (0.1592V
m
)
2
/R
From Eq. (2.2) P
ac
= V
rms
I
rms
= (0.3536V
m
)
2
/R
a. From Eq. (2.3) the rectification efficiency
( )
( )
% 27 . 20
3536 . 0
1592 . 0
2
2
= = =
m
m
ac
dc
V
V
P
P
= =
TUF
and
I V
P
TUF
s s
dc
The PF is approximately equal to TUF. Thus PF = 0.1014
e. The PIV = V
m
.
2.9 SinglePhase Fullwave Controlled Converter
The circuit arrangement of a singlephase full converter is shown in Figure
2.15(a) with a highly inductive load so that the load current is continuous and ripples
free. During the positive halfcycle, thyristors T
1
and T
2
are forward biased; and when
these two thyristors are fired simultaneously at et = o, the load is connected to the
input supply through T
1
and T
2
. Due to the inductive load, thyristors T
1
and T
2
continue to conduct beyond et = t, even though the input voltage is already negative.
During the negative halfcycle of the input voltage, thyristors T
1
and T
2
are forward
biased; and firing of thyristors T
1
and T
2
applies the supply voltage across thyristors
T
1
and T
2
as reverse blocking voltage. T
1
and T
2
are turned off due to line or natural
commutation and the load current is transferred from T
1
and T
2
to T
3
and T
4
. Figure
2.15(b) shows the regions of converter operation and Figure 2.15(c) shows the
waveforms for input voltage, output voltage, and input and output currents.
During the period from o to t, the input voltage v
s
and input current i
s
are
positive and the power flows from the supply to the load. The converter is said to be
operated in rectification mode. During the period from t to t + o, the input voltage v
s
is negative and the input current i
s
, is positive and reverse power flows from the load
to the supply. The converter is said to be operated in inversion mode. This converter
is extensively used in industrial applications. Depending on the value of o, the
average output voltage could be either positive or negative and it provides two
quadrant operation.
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 54 
Figure 2.15: Singlephase Fullwave Converter
The average output voltage can be found from
( )  
cos
2
cos
2
2
sin
2
2
m m
m dc
V
t
V
t td V V = = =
+
+
}
(2.43)
and V
dc
can be varied from 2V
m
/t to 2V
m
/t by varying o from 0 to t. The maximum
average output voltage is V
dm
= 2V
m
/t and the normalized average output voltage is
cos = =
dm
dc
n
V
V
V (2.44)
The rms value of the output voltage is given by
( ) ( ) ( )
s
m m
m rms
V
V
t d t
V
t td V V = =
(
=
(
=
} }
+ +
2
2 cos 1
2
sin
2
2
2 / 1
2
2 / 1
2 2
(2.45)
With a purely resistive load, thyristors T
1
and T
2
can conduct from o to t, and
thyristors T
3
and T
4
can conduct from o + t to 2t.
Power Electronics
 55 
2.9.1 SinglePhase Fullwave Controlled Converter with RL Load
The operation of the converter in Figure 2.15(a) can be divided into two
identical modes: mode 1 when T
1
and T
2
conduct and mode 2 when T
3
and T
4
conduct.
The output currents during these modes are similar and we need to consider only one
mode to find the output current i
L
.
Mode 1 is valid for o et (o + t). If v
s
, = \2 Vs sin et is the input voltage,
the load current i
L
during mode 1 can be found from
t V E Ri
dt
di
L
s L
L
sin 2 = + + for 0 >
L
i
whose solution is of the form
( )
( )
R
E
e A t
Z
V
i
t L R s
L
+ =
/
1
sin
2
for 0 >
L
i
where load impedance Z = [R
2
+ (eL)
2
]
1/2
and load angle u = tan
1
(eL/R).
Constant A
1
, which can be determined from the initial condition: at et = o, i
L
= I
L0
is
found as
( )
( )( )
/ /
0 1
sin
2
L R s
L
e
Z
V
R
E
I A
(
(
+ =
Substitution of A
1
gives i
L
as
( ) ( )
( )( ) t L R s
L
s
L
e
Z
V
R
E
I
R
E
t
Z
V
i
(
(
+ + =
/ /
0
sin
2
sin
2
(2.46)
At the end of mode 1 in the steadystate condition i
L
(et = t + o) = I
L1
= I
L0
. Applying
this condition to Eq. (2.46) and solving for I
L0
get
( ) ( )
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
I I
L R
L R
s
L L
= =
/ /
/ /
1 0
1
sin sin 2
for 0
0
>
L
I (2.47)
The critical value of o at which I
0
becomes zero can be solved for known values of u,
R, L, E, and V
s
, by an iterative method. The rms current of a thyristor can be found
from Eq. (2.46) as
( )
2 / 1
2
2
1
(
=
}
+
t d i I
L R
The rms output current can then be determined from
( )
R R R rms
I I I I 2
2 / 1
2 2
= + =
Rectifiers: Converting AC to DC
 56 
The average current of a thyristor can also be found from Eq. (2.46) as
( )
}
+
=
t d i I
L A
2
1
The average output current can be determined from
A A A dc
I I I I 2 = + =
Discontinuous load current. The critical value of o
c
at which I
L0
becomes zero can
be solved. Dividing Eq. (2.47) by \2V
s
/Z, and substituting R/Z = cos u and eL/R =
tan u, get
( )
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
L R
L R
s
+
(
+
=
/ /
/ /
1
1
sin
2
0
which can be solved for the critical value of a as
( ) ( )
( ) ( )
( )
(
cos 1
1
sin
tan /
tan /
1
x
e
e
c
(2.48)
where x = E/\2V
s
is the voltage ratio, and u is the load impedance angle. For o o
c
,
I
L0
= 0. The load current that is described by Eq. (2.46) flows only during the period,
o et . At et = e, the load current falls to zero again.
Gating sequence. The gating sequence is as follows:
1. Generate a pulse signal at the positive zero crossing of the supply voltage v
s
.
Delay the pulse by the desired angle o and apply the same pulse between the gate
and cathode terminals of T
1
and T
2
through gateisolating circuits.
2. Generate another pulse of delay angle o + t and apply the same pulse between the
gate and source terminals of T
3
and T
4
through gateisolating circuits.
Example 2.7: Finding the Current Ratings of SinglePhase Controlled Full
Converter with an RL load
The singlephase full converter of Figure 215(a) has a RL load having L = 6.5 mH, R
= 0.5 O, and E = 10 V. The input voltage is V
s
= 120 V at (rms) 60 Hz. Determine
(a) the load current I
L0
at et = o = 60.
(b) the average thyristor current I
A
.
(c) the rms thyristor current I
R
.
(d) the rms output current I
rms
.
(e) the average output current I
dc
.
(f) the critical delay angle o
c
.
Solution of Example 2.7
Power Electronics
 57 
o = 60, R = 0.5 O, L = 6.5 mH, f = 60 Hz, e = 2t 60 = 377 rad/s, V
s
= 120V, and u
= tan
1
(eL/R) = 78.47.
a. The steadystate load current at et = o, I
L0
= 49.34 A.
b. The numerical integration of i
L
in Eq. (2.46) yields the average thyristor current as
I
A
= 44.05 A.
c. By numerical integration of
2
L
i between the limits et = o to t + o, get the rms
thyristor current as I
R
= 63.71 A.
d. The rms output current I
rms
= \2I
R
= \2 63.71 = 90.1 A.
e. The average output current I
dc
= 2 I
A
= 2 44.04 = 88.1 A.
From Eq. (2.48), by iteration we find the critical delay angle o
c
= 73.23.
2.10 Principle of Threephase Halfwave Controlled Converter
Threephase converters provide higher average output voltage and in addition
the frequency of the ripples on the output voltage is higher compared with that of
singlephase converters. As a result, the filtering requirements for smoothing out the
load current and load voltage are simpler. For these reasons, threephase converters
are used extensively in highpower variablespeed drives. Three singlephase half
wave converters in Figure 2.14(a) can be connected to form a threephase halfwave
converter, as shown in Figure 2.16(a).
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 58 
Figure 2.16: Threephase halfwave converter
When thyristor T
1
is fired at et = t/6 + o, the phase voltage v
an
appears across
the load until thyristor T
2
is fired at et = 5t/6 + o. When thyristor T
2
is fired,
thyristor T
1
is reverse biased, because the linetoline voltage, v
an
(=v
an
v
bn
), is
negative and T
1
is turned off. The phase voltage v
bn
appears across the load until
thyristor T
3
is fired at et = 3t/2 + o. When thyristor T
3
, is fired, T
2
is turned off and
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 59 
v
cn
appears across the load until T
1
is fired again at the beginning of next cycle.
Figure 2.16(b) shows the v i characteristics of the load and this is a twoquadrant
converter. Figure 2.16(c) shows the input voltages, output voltage, and the current
through thyristor T
1
for a highly inductive load. For a resistive load and o > t/6, the
load current would be discontinuous and each thyristor is selfcommutated when the
polarity of its phase voltage is reversed. The frequency of output ripple voltage is 3f
s
.
This converter is not normally used in practical systems, because the supply currents
contain dc components. However, this converter explains the principle of the three
phase thyristor converter.
If the phase voltage is v
an
= V
m
sin et average output voltage for a continuous
load current is
( )
cos
2
3 3
sin
2
3
6 / 5
6 /
m
m dc
V
t d t V V = =
}
+
+
(2.49)
where V
m
is the peak phase voltage. The maximum average output voltage that occurs
at delay angle, o = 0 is
2
3 3
m
dm
V
V =
and the normalized average output voltage is
cos = =
dm
dc
n
V
V
V
(2.50)
The rms output voltage is found from
( )
2 / 1 2 / 1
6 / 5
6 /
2 2
cos
8
3
6
1
3 sin
2
3


.

\

+ =
(
=
}
+
+
m m rms
V t d t V V (2.51)
For a resistive load and o t/6:
( )
(

.

\

+ + = =
}
+
6
cos 1
2
3
sin
2
3
6 /
m
m dc
V
t d t V V (2.52)
(

.

\

+ + = =
6
cos 1
3
1
dm
dc
n
V
V
V (2.53)
( )
2 / 1
2 / 1
6 /
2 2
2
3
sin
8
1
4 24
5
3 sin
2
3
(

.

\

+ + =
(
=
}
+
m m rms
V t d t V V (2.54)
Gating sequence.
The gating sequence is as follows:
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 60 
1. Generate a pulse signal at the positive zero crossing of the phase voltage v
an
.
Delay the pulse by the desired angle o + t/6 and apply it to the gate and cathode
terminals of T
1
through a gateisolating circuit.
2. Generate two more pulses of delay angles o + 5t/6 and o + 9t/6 for gating T
2
and
T
3
, respectively, through gateisolating circuits.
Example 2.8 Finding the Performances of a ThreePhase Controlled HalfWave
Converter
A threephase halfwave converter in Figure 2.16(a) is operated from a threephase Y
connected 208V, 60Hz supply and the load resistance is R = 10 O. If it is required to
obtain an average output voltage of 50% of the maximum possible output voltage,
calculate
(a) the delay angle o.
(b) the rms and average output currents.
(c) the average and rms thyristor currents.
(d) the rectification efficiency.
(e) the TUF.
(f) the input PF.
Solution of Example 2.8
The phase voltage is V, = 208/\3 = 120.1 V, V
m
= \2V
s
= 169.83 V, V
n
= 0.5, and R =
10 O. The maximum output voltage is
V 45 . 140
2
83 . 169
3 3
2
3 3
= = =
m
dm
V
V
The average output voltage, V
dc
= 0.5 140.45 = 70.23 V.
a. For a resistive load, the load current is continuous if o t/6 and Eq. (2.50) gives
V
n
cos(t/6) = 86.6%. With a resistive load and 50% output, the load current is
discontinuous. From Eq. (2.53), 0.5 = (1/\3)[1 + cos(t/6 + o)], which gives the
delay angle as o = 67.7.
b. The average output current, I
dc
= V
dc
/R = 70.23/10 = 7.02 A. From Eq. (2.54),
V
rms
= 94.74 V and the rms load current, I
rms
= 94.74/10 = 9.47 A.
c. The average current of a thyristor is I
A
= 1
dc
/3 = 7.02/3 = 2.34 A and the rms
current of a thyristor is I
R
= I
rms
/\3 = 9.47/V3 = 5.47 A.
d. From Eq. (2.3) the rectification efficiency is q= V
dc
I
dc
/V
rms
I
rms
= 70.23
7.02/(94.74 9.47) = 54.95%.
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e. The rms input line current is the same as the thyristor rms current, and the input
voltampere rating (VAR), VI = 3V
s
I
s
= 3 120.1 5.47 = 1970.84 W. From Eq.
(2.8), TUF = V
dc
I
dc
/VI = 70.23 7.02/1970.84 = 0.25 or 25%.
f. The output power P
0
=
2
rms
I R = 9.47
2
10 = 896.81 VA. The input PF = P
0
/VI =
896.81/1970.84 = 0.455 (lagging).
2.11 ThreePhase Fullwave Controlled Converters
Threephase converters are extensively used in industrial applications up to
the 120kW level, where a twoquadrant operation is required. Figure 2.17(a) shows a
fullconverter circuit with a highly inductive load. This circuit is known as a three
phase bridge. The thyristors are fired at an interval of t/3. The frequency of output
ripple voltage is 6f
s
and the filtering requirement is less than that of halfwave
converters. At et = t/6 + o, thyristor T
6
is already conducting and thyristor T
1
is
turned on. During interval (t/6 + o) et (t/2 + o), thyristors T
1
and T
6
conduct
and the linetoline voltage v
ab
(= v
an
v
bn
) appears across the load. At et = t/2 + o,
thyristor T
2
is fired and thyristor T
6
is reversed biased immediately. T
6
is turned off
due to natural commutation. During interval (t/2 + o) et (5t/6 + o), thyristors T
1
and T
2
conduct and the linetoline voltage v
ac
appears across the load. If the
thyristors are numbered, as shown in Figure 2.17(a), the firing sequence is 12, 23, 34,
45, 56, and 61. Figure 2.17(b) shows the waveforms for input voltage, output voltage,
input current, and currents through thyristors.
If the linetoneutral voltages are defined as

.

\

+ =

.

\

=
=
3
2
sin
3
2
sin
sin
t V v
t V v
t V v
m cn
m bn
m an
the corresponding linetoline voltages are
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.

\

+ = =

.

\

= =

.

\

+ = =
2
sin 3
2
sin 3
6
sin 3
t V v v v
t V v v v
t V v v v
m an cn ca
m cn bn bc
m bn an ab
The average output voltage is found from
( ) ( )
cos
3 3
6
sin 3
3 3
2 /
6 /
2 /
6 /
m
m ab dc
V
t d t V t d v V = 
.

\

+ = =
} }
+
+
+
+
(2.55)
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 64 
Figure 2.17: Threephase full converter
The maximum average output voltage for delay angle, o = 0, is
m
dm
V
V
3 3
=
and the normalized average output voltage is
cos = =
dm
dc
n
V
V
V (2.56)
The rms value of the output voltage is found from
( )
2 / 1 2 / 1
2 /
6 /
2 2
2 cos
4
3 3
2
1
3
6
sin 3
3


.

\

+ =
(

.

\

+ =
}
+
+
m m rms
V t d t V V (2.57)
Figure 2.17(b) shows the waveforms for o = t/3. For o > t/3, the instantaneous
output voltage v
0
has a negative part. Because the current through thyristors cannot be
negative, the load current is always positive. Thus, with a resistive load, the in
stantaneous load voltage cannot be negative, and the full converter behaves as a
semiconverter.
Gating sequence.
The gating sequence is as follows:
1. Generate a pulse signal at the positive zero crossing of the phase voltage v
an
.
Delay the pulse by the desired angle o + t/6 and apply it to the gate and cathode
terminals of T
1
through a gateisolating circuit.
2. Generate five more pulses each delayed by t/6 from each other for gating T
2
,
T
3
,..., T
6
respectively, through gate isolating circuits.
Example 2.9: Finding the Performances of a ThreePhase FullWave Controlled
Converter
Repeat Example 2.8 for the threephase full converter in Figure 2.17(a).
Solution of Example 2.9
The phase voltage V
s
= 208/\3 = 120.1 V, V
m
= \2 V
s
= 169.83, V
n
= 0.5, and R = 10
O. The maximum output voltage V
dm
= 3\3V
m
/t = 3\3 169.83/t = 280.9V. The
average output voltage V
dc
= 0.5 280.9 = 140.45 V.
a. From Eq. (2.56), 0.5 = cos a, and the delay angle a = 60.
b. The average output current I
dc
= V
dc
/R = 140.45/10 = 14.05 A. From Eq. (2.57),
( ) V 29 . 159 60 2 cos
4
3 3
2
1
83 . 169 3
2 / 1
=
(
+ =
rms
V
and the rms current I
rms
= 159.29/10 = 15.93 A.
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c. The average current of a thyristor I
A
= I
dc
/3 = 14.05/3 = 4.68 A, and the rms
current of a thyristor I
R
= I
rms
\(2/6) = 15.93 \(2/6) = 9.2 A.
d. From Eq. (2.15) the rectification efficiency is
% 8 . 77 778 . 0
93 . 15 29 . 159
05 . 14 45 . 140
or
I V
I V
rms rms
dc dc
=
= =
e. The rms input line current I
s
= I
rms
\(4/6) = 13 A and the input VAR rating VI =
3V
s
I
s
= 3 120.1 13 = 4683.9 VA. From Eq. (2.8), TUF = V
dc
I
dc
/VI = 140.45
14.05/4683.9 = 0.421.
f. The output power P
0
=
2
rms
I R = 15.93
2
10 = 2537.6 W. The PF = P
0
/Vl =
2537.6/4683.9 = 0.542 (lagging).
2.12 ThreePhase Fullwave Controlled Converter with RL Load
From Figure 2.17(b) the output voltage is
+ s s + =
+ s s +

.

\

+ = =
3
2
'
3
for ' sin 2
2 6
for
6
sin 2
0
t t V
t t V v v
ab
ab ab
where et' = et + t/6, and V
ab
is the linetoline (rms) input voltage. Choosing v
ab
as
the time reference voltage, the load current i
L
can be found from
+ s s + = + +
3
2
'
3
for ' sin 2 t t V E Ri
dt
di
L
ab L
L
whose solution from Eq. (2.46)
( )
( ) ( ) ( ) ' / 3 / /
1
3
sin
2
' sin
2
t L R ab
L
ab
L
e
Z
V
R
E
I
R
E
t
Z
V
i
+
(

.

\

+ + + =
(2.58)
where Z = [R
2
+ (eL)
2
]
1/2
and u = tan
1
(eL/R). Under a steadystate condition, i
L
(et'
= 2t/3 + o) = i
L
(et' = t/3 + o) = I
L1
. Applying this condition to Eq. (2.58), the value
of I
L1
is
( ) ( )
( )( )
( )( )
R
E
e
e
Z
V
I
L R
L R
ab
L
+ +
=
3 / /
3 / /
1
1
3 / sin 3 / 2 sin 2
for 0
1
>
L
I
(2.59)
Discontinuous load current.
By setting I
L1
= 0 in Eq. (2.58), dividing by \2V
s
/Z and substituting R/Z = cos u and
eL/R = tan u, the critical value of voltage ratio x = E/\2V
ab
is
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( )
( )
cos
1
3
sin
3
2
sin
tan 3
tan 3
(
(
(
(
(

.

\

+ 
.

\

+
=


.

\



.

\

e
e
x (2.60)
which can be solved for the critical value of o = o
c
for known values of x and u. For
o o
c
, I
L1
= 0. The load current that is described by Eq. (2.58) flows only during the
period o et . At et = , the load current falls to zero again.
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Tutorial 2
1. A halfwave rectifier with a filter capacitor has Vm = 100 V, R = 1 k, C =
1000uF and = 377. Assuming = 90.15
0
and = 79.70
0
.
a) Determine the peaktopeak ripple voltage using the exact equation
i.e: Vo = V
max
 V
min
b) Determine the ripple using the approximation formula
i.e: Vo = V
m
/fRC
Ans: a) 1.605 V b) 1.67V
2. Repeat problem 1 with = 91.52
0
and = 59.23
0
and R = 100
Ans: a) 14.08 V b) 16.7 V
3. A halfwave controlled rectifier with resistive load, the source is 120Vrms at 60
Hz. The resistance is 100 and the delay angle = 60
0
.
a) Determine the average voltage across the resistor
b) Determine the power absorbed by the resistor
c) Determine the power factor as seen by the source
Ans: a) 40.5 V
b) 57.9 W
c) 0.634
4. A controlled halfwave rectifier has an ac source of 240 Vrms at 60 Hz. The
load is 30 ohm resistor. Determine:
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a) the delay angle such that the average load current is 3 A.
b) the power absorbed by the load
c) the power factor
Ans: a) 48.3
0
b) 854W
c) 0.67
5. A singlephase halfwave uncontrolled rectifier is connected to RL load.
Derive an expression for the load current.
If it has Vs = 230 V at 50 Hz, R = = 10, L = 5 mH, extinction angle = 210
0
.
Find the average values of output voltage and current.
Ans: Vo = 193.20 V and Io = 19.32 A.
6. A singlephase rectifier has a resistive load of 20 . Determine the average
current and peak reverse voltage across of each diodes for
a) a bridge rectifier with an ac source of 120Vrms 60 Hz and
b) a centertap transformer rectifier with 120 Vrms on each half of the secondary
winding.
Ans: a) Io = 5.4 A, Vm = 170V
b) Io = 5.4 A, Vm = 340 V
7. The singlephase fullwave bridge rectifier has an RL source load with R = 3,
L = 35 mH and Vdc = 24V. The ac source is 120 Vrms at 60 Hz. By using
Fourier approximation, find
a) the power absorbed by the dc source.
b) the power absorbed by the resistor.
c) the power factor.
Ans: a) 672 W
b) 2360 W
c) 0.9
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8. A controlled singlephase bridge rectifier has a 40 ohm resistive load and 120
Vrms 60 Hz ac source. The delay angle is 35
0
. Determine:
a) the average load current
b) the rms load current
c) the rms source current
d) the power factor
Ans: a) 2.46A
b) 2.93A
c) 2.93 A
d) 0.977
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