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red_zone003 22nd October 2007 03:09 PM

help me with a half bridge smps(sg3525)
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hy all of you. i've got some questions refered to a half bridge spms that i'm trying to build, and i've got a little problemm with the signal that goes in to the gate of the mosfet's.(the outpout of the transformer). the signal lookes like that(and i don't know how to improve it-i want to be perfect :-P) :
Some advices will be perfect. Thanks.

Eva 22nd October 2007 08:18 PM

You can't expect perfectly square gate drive waveforms from a transformer. The bump after the leading edges is due to leakage inductance and is mostly harmless (as long as its amplitude stays controlled and symmetrical). The small peak after the trailing edges is also due to leakage inductance and it's not a problem as long as its amplitude (as seen from the opposite side winding) is not enough to turn on the opposire transistor.

Series RC networks in parallel with drive secondaries may help to tame peaks or ringing. Local turn-off buffers may also help (explained in other threads). Note that your waveform doesn't exhibit any ringing or lack of symmetry, so it looks quite good already (particularly in comparison with what other DIYers in trouble get). Are you suffering any reliability or efficiency problems?

red_zone003 23rd October 2007 06:50 PM

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i will find that in a couple of days, because the actual pair of irf740 that i've used 4 days ago are broken( because of me--i've used another transformer, with a strange wave-form) :) you can recomande me another good mosfet's? this is the circuit(power switches)'s good?

Eva 23rd October 2007 08:55 PM

Two medium-power TO-220 SMPS switching MOSFETs that I have considered worth buying and that are currently in my parts box are:


Check datasheets and pricing if you are curious. Of course, there are at least one thousand alternatives, but if you are at the beginning of the learning curve it's better to blow the lower cost stuff...

Boris_The_Blade 23rd October 2007 09:16 PM

That 'step' on the leading and trailing edge of the signal is due to the miller capacitance of the transistor when it turns on. To minimize the time-length of that (and hence switching losses), a lower impedance gate driver is necessary. Faster rise times will lead to more ringing and transients, though.

megajocke 27th October 2007 11:37 PM

No. That's the dead time interval where both transistors are supposed to be off, as this is a half-bridge circuit.

red_zone003 9th November 2007 02:16 PM

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i'm back...again :) this is my new signal, when the smps is connected to a 70vcc transformer. i've measured the gate signals...and i have another problem. R3(100 ohm-2W) connected in series with C5(2.2nf),is a litle bit warm when it goes at 70 v, and became very hot, at 360vcc. what i'm suposed to do?

red_zone003 9th November 2007 02:16 PM

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and a picture with the pulse transformer:

chas1 21st November 2007 11:20 PM

Hi red_zone 003

The resistor-cap combination your are referencing is a snubber for the transformer primary and must be calculated for the switching frequency and transformer you are using. if you have a variac use it to adjust the bulk supply to about 20 volts or so then scope the network you will see a ringing signal on the edge of you primary pulse , then adjust the time base of the scope so that you can see the cycles of the ac ringing waveform clearly the measure the period and calculate the frequency, then calcualte the components for that frequency there are a few good methods on the net . Be careful around this network you can blow a scope and also hurt yourself always work at the lowest bulk supply necessary to visualize the problem, I use an old printer power supply 24 volts hey it works.


fernando_g 22nd November 2007 07:23 PM

Red_zone 003:
What is your horizontal scale (secs/div) in your scope?

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