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Old 10th September 2003, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default 140V on a 18V transformer's secondary!!!???

I assembled my gainclone in it's new case today, and before connecting the whole thing, I tested the diode bridge (without load)

On the scope, between the + and - of the positive bridge, I got a sine wave, 140V p-p !!!! And 50Hz instead of 100. And the signal is a sine, instead of a rectified sine
I attached a picture of the diode bridge. I measured between the left and the center point.


I don't even know where can 140V come from! It's a 2x18V trafo, so 25V p-p


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No load? you measured with a voltmeter with high resistance? You measured something capacitively coupled to the mains?
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No load, only the trafo connected to the diode bridge (and they are only 100V diodes!, can they be hurt?)

I measured with the scope
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one thing: the point connecting the 2 bridges (the 0 point) isn't grounded or earthed yet. Can this change something?
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Didnīt you ground it to the scopes ground?
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yes I did, so this isn't the problem


I can't imagine how I can have 140V!!!
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please measure with a load, even a small one, a LED and some k or so, that ensures ther IS really a little current flowing.
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I tried, without hoping any good result

I added a 9.5K resistor between 0 and +, and the same for the - side.

Now I have a clean full wave rectified sinusoid, 100Hz, 25.2V
It works OK now, thanks Till



But I'm very affraid of the results I first got
140V p-p, 50Hz sinusoid (not rectified), but the secondaries were clean 50Vp-p (18V RMS) sinusoids

I only have 100V shottky diodes, I wonder if they could have been damaged.
Imagine if I had the caps connected my 50V caps would have exploded


I'm seriously thinking about keeping those 9.5k resistors on the diode bridge, to always have a load.


the strangest thing is that the voltage across each diode was much higher that the secondary, but each diode didn't have the same voltage graph (on the scope). each one was veeery different from the other
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my 100V schottkys have no prob with a 87V power supply in my BZLS. Dont you think the caps are resistive enough? or do you use only filmcaps and no electrolytics?
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my 100V schottkys have no prob with a 87V power supply in my BZLS. Dont you think the caps are resistive enough? or do you use only filmcaps and no electrolytics?

Nice, I use the same diodes as you
The caps could have been a high enough load, too.
But I take care of my panasonic FCs, expensive stuff compared to what I usually use
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