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Homework Help: Single Phase Full Wave Controlled Bridge Rectifier

  1. Jan 6, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    For a bridge rectifier (4 thyristor) feeding an RL load having infinite inductance (to assume constant current) and a 100 ohm resistance, calculate for firing angles of 90°, 120° & 150° the average DC voltage and current. The bridge supply is 200V RMS. Draw Waveforms of load voltage, thyristor currents & supply current.

    2. Relevant equations

    Vav = 2Vm/PI * Cos(α).

    Iav = Vav/R

    3. The attempt at a solution


    Vav = (sqrt(2) * 200)/PI * cos(90) = 0.0V

    Iav = 0A


    Vav = (sqrt(2) * 200)/PI * cos(120) = -45.01V

    Iav = -45.01/100 = 0.4501A


    Vav = (sqrt(2) * 200)/PI * cos(150) = -77.97V

    Iav = -77.97/100 = 0.7797A

    I understand how the waveforms for the voltage should be but in the book solutions, for 90° firing angle, it shows a positive current for each thyristor, whereas the average value calculated is 0.0A hence it would be suggested that there should be no current. Also, for the firing angles of 120 & 150, should the current be inverted in terms of the currents for 30 and 60 degrees where the current is the positive value of the values for 150 and 120 respectively?
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  3. Jan 7, 2015 #2


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    I think you'll want to integrate over a period to find the average values. Perhaps you might begin by sketching the load voltage or current for one of the firing angle cases.
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