6th March 2012 06:19 AM
Ac to dc rectifier
hi..am carrying out a miniaturize electromagnetic generator project that produce only around 0.8Vac and 360uA. i want to rectify the signal but the input is too small to rectify..right? if i used the normal diode bridge, will it be able to work? I think it will have a very high loss in there...How do i solve this problem?
6th March 2012 07:55 AM
What frequency and waveform is it?
You could try using schottky diodes, and if you half-wave rectify you will only have the loss of one diode, although that wastes the other half of the cycle.
http://www.onsemi.com/pub_link/Collateral/BAT54CWT1-D.PDF shows a loss of about 0.15 V at 300 μA, but that is much more if it gets cold.
Other than that, use a transformer or more turns on your generator to increase the voltage.
I think that a synchronous rectifier could improve the efficiency, but you have so little power to start with that the design would have to be very clever to improve on schottky diodes. There is not enough voltage to turn on a MOSFET, which makes things more difficult.
6th March 2012 08:21 AM
You may want to start giving some thought to Precision Rectifier Circuits. A Google will bring up plenty of additional circuits along the lines of the link.
Please do not PM me with forum related questions. Let's keep things in the open forum. Thank you.
6th March 2012 08:47 AM
Precision rectifiers need powered op-amps to work. I was under the impression from the OP that the 0.8 Vac was the only power source.
If he is trying to accurately measure the 0.8 Vac, and has other power available, then the precision rectifier is a good way to go.
6th March 2012 09:02 AM
You increase the generated voltage to above 0.4v or 0.7v and then you can use a rectifier.
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