Full Wave Rectifier


To design and simulate a Full Wave Rectifier circuit.



Name EDWin Components Used Description Number of components required


TRANSFORMER Transformer 2
RES RC05 Resistor 1
DIODE 1N4007 Diode 2
VGEN VGEN Voltage Generator 1
GND SPL0 Ground 1


  A Full Wave Rectifier is a circuit, which converts an ac voltage into a pulsating dc voltage using both half cycles of the applied ac voltage.

  It uses two diodes of which one conducts during one half cycle while the other conducts during the other half cycle of the applied

  ac voltage.

  During the positive half cycle of the input voltage, diode D1 becomes forward biased and D2 becomes reverse biased. Hence D1 conducts

  and D2 remains OFF. The load current flows through D1 and the voltage drop across RL will be equal to the input voltage.


  During the negative half cycle of the input voltage, diode D1 becomes reverse biased and D2 becomes forward biased. Hence D1 remains

  OFF and D2 conducts. The load current flows through D2 and the voltage drop across RL will be equal to the input voltage.

 Ripple Factor

  The ripple factor for a Full Wave Rectifier is given by



  The average voltage or the dc voltage available across the load resistance is

  RMS value of the voltage at the load resistance is




  Efficiency, h is the ratio of dc output power to ac input power



  The maximum efficiency of a Full Wave Rectifier is 81.2%.

 Transformer Utilization Factor

  Transformer Utilization Factor, TUF can be used to determine the rating of a transformer secondary. It is determined by considering

  the primary and the secondary winding separately and it gives a value of 0.693.

 Form Factor

  Form factor is defined as the ratio of the rms value of the output voltage to the average value of the output voltage.

 Peak Factor

  Peak factor is defined as the ratio of the peak value of the output voltage to the rms value of the output voltage.

  Peak inverse voltage for Full Wave Rectifier is 2Vm because the entire secondary voltage appears across the non-conducting diode.

  This concludes the explanation of the various factors associated with Full Wave Rectifier.

 Rectifier with Filter

   The output of the Full Wave Rectifier contains both ac and dc components. A majority of the applications, which cannot tolerate a high value ripple,

   necessitates further processing of the rectified output. The undesirable ac components i.e. the ripple, can be minimized using filters.


  The output of the rectifier is fed as input to the filter. The output of the filter is not a perfect dc, but it also contains small ac components.

  Some important filters are

    1. Inductor Filter
    2. Capacitor Filter
    3. LC Filter
    4. CLC or p Filter

 Inductor Filter

   The figure shows an inductor filter. When the output of the rectifier passes through an inductor, it blocks the ac component and allows only the

   dc component to reach the load.

Ripple factor of the inductor filter is given by .

   The above equation shows that ripple will decrease when L is increased and RL is decreased. Thus the inductor filter is more effective only

    when the load current is high (small RL). The larger value of the inductor can reduce the ripple and at the same time the output dc voltage will be

    lowered as the inductor has a higher dc resistance.

    The operation of the inductor filter depends on its property to oppose any change of current passing through it. To analyze this filter for full wave,

    the Fourier series can be written as

The dc component is .

    Assuming the third and higher terms contribute little output, the output voltage is

   The diode, choke and transformer resistances can be neglected since they are very small compared with RL. Therefore the dc component

    of current

   The impedance of series combination of L and RL at 2w is

   Therefore for the ac component,

   Therefore, the resulting current i is given by,

   The ripple factor which can be defined as the ratio of the rms value of the ripple to the dc value of the wave, is

If , then a simplified expression for g is

   In case, the load resistance is infinity i.e., the output is an open circuit, then the ripple factor is . This is slightly less than

   the value of 0.482. The difference being attributable to the omission of higher harmonics as mentioned. It is clear that the inductor filter should only

   be used where RL is consistently small.

 Capacitor Filter


   A capacitor filter connected directly across the load is shown above. The property of a capacitor is that it allows ac component and blocks

   dc component. The operation of the capacitor filter is to short the ripple to ground but leave the dc to appear at output when it is connected

   across  the pulsating dc voltage.

   During the positive half cycle, the capacitor charges upto the peak vale of the transformer secondary voltage, Vm and will try to maintain this

   value as the full wave input drops to zero. Capacitor will discharge through RL slowly until the transformer secondary voltage again increase to

   a value greater than the capacitor voltage. The diode conducts for a period, which depends on the capacitor voltage. The diode will conduct

   when the transformer secondary voltage becomes more than the diode voltage. This is called the cut in voltage. The diode stops conducting

   when the transformer voltage becomes less than the diode voltage. This is called cut out voltage.

   Referring to the figure below, with slight approximation the ripple voltage can be assumed as triangular. From the cut-in point to the cut-out

   point, whatever charge the capacitor acquires is equal to the charge the capacitor has lost during the period of non-conduction, i.e., from

   cut-out point to the next cut-in point.

The charge it has acquired

The charge it has lost

    If the value of the capacitor is fairly large, or the value of the load resistance is very large, then it can be assumed that the time T2 is equal to half

    the periodic time of the waveform.

    From the above assumptions, the ripple waveform will be triangular and its rms value is given by

   The ripple may be decreased by increasing C or RL (both) with a resulting increase in the dc. output voltage.

  LC Filter: - The ripple factor is directly proportional to the load resistance RL in the inductor filter and inversely proportional to RL in the capacitor

  filter. Therefore if these two filters are combined as LC filter or L section filter as shown in figure the ripple factor will be independent of RL.


   If the value of inductance is increased it will increase the time of conduction. At some critical value of inductance, one diode, either D1 or D2

   will always conducting.

   From Fourier series, the output voltage can be expressed as

The dc output voltage,

The ripple factor


 CLC or p Filter


   The above figure shows CLC or p type filter, which basically consists of a capacitor filter, followed by LC section. This filter offers a fairly

   smooth output and is characterized by highly peaked diode currents and poor regulation. As in L section filter the analysis is obtained as follows.


   EDWin 2000 -> Schematic Editor: The circuit diagram is drawn by loading components from the library. Wiring and proper net assignment has

    been made. The values are assigned for relevant components.


   EDWin 2000 -> Mixed Mode Simulator: The circuit is preprocessed. The test points and waveform markers are placed in input and output of the

   circuit. GND net is set as reference net. The Transient Analysis parameters have been set. The Transient Analysis is executed and

   output waveform is observed in Waveform Viewer.


   The output waveform for Full Wave Rectifier with filter and without filter may be observed in the waveform viewer.