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Voltage Regulator Waveform

  1. Aug 28, 2014 #1
    I am doing a homework problem for my Power Electronics class. I have attached the relevant image. My question is, (referring to the TOP plot) why is the voltage regulator waveform (purple curve) identical to the voltage waveform coming from the diode bridge (green curve)? Shouldn't it be the inverse? My understanding was that when you add the voltage regulator waveform and the waveform that isn't constant (which would be the green curve in this case) you will get a constant voltage (red curve). However, the way it is shown, it would seem like you have to subtract them. Why is this??
     

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  3. Aug 28, 2014 #2

    berkeman

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    Purple = Green - Red.

    The purple waveform is the voltage drop across the BJT. The output voltage (12V) is the input voltage to the BJT minus the voltage drop across the BJT.
     
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