Register to reply

Question about βmax

by liquidFuzz
Tags: βmax
Share this thread:
liquidFuzz
#1
Jan11-14, 07:13 AM
P: 56
Hi!

I'm tinkering with a circuit for an amplifier and have a question about entities. What's is the difference between β (hFE) and βmax?
Phys.Org News Partner Engineering news on Phys.org
Researchers discover cool-burning flames in space, could lead to better engines on earth (w/ Video)
Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use
UConn makes 3-D copies of antique instrument parts
Jony130
#2
Jan11-14, 07:58 AM
P: 406
Even if you just have full bucket of transistors of the same type (2N2222). Each of them will have a slightly different beta. So the BJT vendors in data sheet tell as that in our bucket we will find transistors with beta value between Hfe_min and Hfe_max. But most of our transistors will have a typical value of beta also given in the datasheet.
And when we design the amplifier circuit we always pick Hfe_min form datasheet.
liquidFuzz
#3
Jan11-14, 08:02 AM
P: 56
Ok... How would I interpret these different betas?

phinds
#4
Jan11-14, 08:14 AM
PF Gold
phinds's Avatar
P: 6,117
Question about βmax

Quote Quote by liquidFuzz View Post
Ok... How would I interpret these different betas?
Do you understand what Beta IS? Min and max are just the highest and lowest expected values for a given type of transistor. If you don't know what the beta of a transistor is, then look it up.
Jony130
#5
Jan11-14, 08:16 AM
P: 406
I don't understand your question?
Transistor beta (Hfe) is not constant and datasheet for every transistor part number gives a range for Hfe, also every transistor has its own unique Hfe value. The Hfe is a range of numbers because they cannot make transistors accurately. Also the Hfe changes when the collector current is changed and the hfe changes when the temperature changes.
liquidFuzz
#6
Jan11-14, 09:14 AM
P: 56
Sry, I forgot to think before I posted the last one.
thankz
#7
Jan20-14, 01:09 PM
P: 51
is it true you can only use h-parameters for dc analysis? I know ebers-mole is their but I don't know calculus.
dlgoff
#8
Jan20-14, 08:08 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
dlgoff's Avatar
P: 2,704
Quote Quote by thankz View Post
is it true you can only use h-parameters for dc analysis? I know ebers-mole is their but I don't know calculus.
Here is a good place to learn Transistor Operation without needing calculus; just a little algebra instead.

The value of β is not highly dependable since it depends on IC, VCE and the temperature.
also

The proportionality β can take values in the range 20 to 200 and is not a constant even for a given transistor. It increases for larger emitter currents because the larger number of electrons injected into the base exceeds the available holes for recombination so the fraction which recombine to produce base current delines even further.
So you see, β gives you a ball-park current gain which can be helpful to obtain ball-part circuit design results.
Jony130
#9
Jan21-14, 08:42 AM
P: 406
Quote Quote by thankz View Post
is it true you can only use h-parameters for dc analysis? I know ebers-mole is their but I don't know calculus.
No, you cannot use a small signal h-parameters for DC analysis. You can use h-parameter only for small-signal analysis. For DC analysis all we need is to use both of Kirchhoff's law and Ohm's law.
analogdesign
#10
Jan21-14, 07:04 PM
P: 474
Quote Quote by dlgoff View Post

So you see, β gives you a ball-park current gain which can be helpful to obtain ball-part circuit design results.
You should always only use ball-park values to design transistor circuits. Any design that depends on an accurate value of any specific transistor parameter is a bad design.
dlgoff
#11
Jan21-14, 07:54 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
dlgoff's Avatar
P: 2,704
Quote Quote by analogdesign View Post
You should always only use ball-park values to design transistor circuits. Any design that depends on an accurate value of any specific transistor parameter is a bad design.
That ain't no lie.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Trend in Square roots question [Curious Math Newb question] General Math 3
Centrifugal and centripetal force question: race-car and banked curve question Introductory Physics Homework 12
Gravity/Planetary Forces Question - High School physics question Introductory Physics Homework 5
Insanely easy question - trig functions, need a quick question answered Precalculus Mathematics Homework 1