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Low pass filter for 60Hz rejection

  1. Aug 14, 2013 #1
    Hi All,
    I am looking to design LPF with Inductor and Capacitor that can reject 60Hz frequency.
    I tried on google about the same but did not get an idea.

    Basically, I am trying to do is this, Incoming mains (AC Signal) has 60Hz frequency and I wanted to make it like a DC (close to DC) which has no frequency.

    Can I do with LC-LPF?
    Any help and advise will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!!!
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  3. Aug 14, 2013 #2
    The mains voltage has no DC-component (ideally), so you won't get anything from a low-pass filter. What you're looking for is a rectifier:

    The diode-bridge is very common:

    You shouldn't be messing with mains voltage if you have no experience with high-voltage applications. It's an easy way to get yourself killed.
  4. Aug 14, 2013 #3
    Rectifier can convert AC into DC but I am not looking for that. In other words, I am not looking to convert AC into DC by LPF.

    I want to make filter that gives me close to zero frequency when I applied AC (mains).
    I want to chop AC frequency to none (close to zero).

    Thank you!!!
  5. Aug 14, 2013 #4
    Let's think the other way. How can I make LC-LPF filter that can reject 60Hz? (not considering this for AC signal.) Assume this is a frequency of some signal.
  6. Aug 14, 2013 #5
    You could use a low-pass filter with a suitable break frequency to attenuate your 60 Hz component, but that would impact everything above 60 Hz aswell. Have you had a look at a notch filter?

    You can find tonnes and tonnes of practical guides to building them with a search on Google.
  7. Aug 14, 2013 #6


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    One traditional and simple way is with a passive twin-T notch filter.
    You will have to build it using high voltage capacitors and resistors.
    When the power turns on or off there will be a big spike on the output.
    The signal that passes will be the harmonics of 60Hz, synchronous noise from rectifiers and any signalling on the line.
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    What are you going to do with the signal once you have removed the 60Hz from it?
  9. Aug 15, 2013 #8
    I am very new in this field (2nd year) so I don't know much. If I will remove 60Hz successfully then I will feed to Voltage regulator and try to get some specific voltage out of it. (for ex. 12V out of voltage regulator.)

    Thank you!!
  10. Aug 15, 2013 #9


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    pjshah72. You are building a 12V DC linear power supply. You will need a power transformer, a bridge rectifier and a storage capacitor. You do not need a 60Hz filter, the storage capacitor will do that.
    The rectified secondary voltage will have a frequency of 120Hz.
  11. Aug 15, 2013 #10
    Hi Baluncore,
    Thank you for the input. I wanted to try the other way. With transformer and bridge rectifier with storage capacitor is common method. I want to try only.
  12. Aug 15, 2013 #11
    If you remove the 60Hz component of the signal coming from the mains you won't have any signal left at all. (Ideally, of course)

    If your 60Hz signal had some sort of DC bias imposed on it (which it currently doesn't), then you could filter out the 60Hz portion and just extract only the DC bias at the output of the filter.

    Like many others have suggested, in order to achieve what you've described you'd want to use is a rectifier circuit, not a filter.
  13. Aug 15, 2013 #12
    Got it!! Thank you all for the responses.
    How to calculate voltage that comes after this filter circuit? (Input is AC mains.)
    I am looking for formula or method.

    Thank you!!!
  14. Aug 15, 2013 #13


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    To generate DC from an AC source you must perform a multiplication such as a square. A rectifier diode is non-linear and so it generates the DC offset you need.

    If you full wave rectify the 60Hz AC you will have a signal with a fundamental at 120Hz but with a DC offset.

    Now imagine you used an active low pass filter to remove that 120 Hz and another for each of it's significant harmonics. The power available at the output of the active filter would be derived entirely from the power supplies of the active filter. This defeats the purpose.

    By using passive resonant LC notch filters for the 120Hz fundamental and most significant harmonics, then followed that by an LC low pass filter you would have built a smooth DC power supply. Only asynchronous noise would reach your DC supply rail.
  15. Aug 15, 2013 #14
    Can anyone suggest value for L and C to reject 60Hz frequency?
    I did google but all is about only diagram.
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    You are looking for trouble! [Broken]

    Never connect a circuit you build to the mains, it is dangerous and what you have in mind won't do what you think it will.

    You need to study a lot more before you understand the hazards of mains electricity and how circuits work.
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  18. Aug 15, 2013 #17


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    bold by me

    I totally agree with

    Wouldn't it be better to understand how it's done in the real world instead of killing yourself? Do you know how a bridge rectifier works? If not, it's fairly simple as this image shows:


    Image compliments of http://educypedia.karadimov.info/electronics/javaanalogsemipassif.htm
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  19. Aug 15, 2013 #18
    What is the safe way? Can I put transformer between AC and circuit so it will step down voltage?
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  20. Aug 15, 2013 #19
    Thanks for the image!!
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  21. Aug 16, 2013 #20


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    yes that's the safe way

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