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12th December 2010, 10:02 PM  #11 
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If you can do calculus than you know enough maths to understand RMS for sine waves. Remember that power goes as V^2/R, so you can calculate the average power produced from Vsin(x) = (V^2/R) integral(sin^2(x))  the answer is (V^2/2R) (by inspection or trig). What DC voltage would give you this power? Answer: V/sqrt(2).
I think you are confusing average voltage with average power. 
12th December 2010, 11:37 PM  #12  
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2 / PI I think or .637. Isn't that what I said above? The integral is  (cos PI  ( cos 0 ) / PI = 2 / PI, as memory serves...been awhile. No, I was not confusing average voltage with power, least I don't think so...of course there's also a simple equation using integrals for RMS power, which is the integral of RMS voltage times RMS current divided by delta time I believe. Last edited by MichaelJHuman; 12th December 2010 at 11:40 PM. 

13th December 2010, 06:41 AM  #13  
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In this case, the rms is Vpeak/sqrt2, and the average Vpeak/0.5*Pi. The difference is not huge, but significant. 

13th December 2010, 10:23 AM  #14 
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The average of abs(sin(x)) is 2/pi, as you said. I wasn't disputing that, but it has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the RMS value of a sine wave! You were asking about RMS vs. peak for a sine wave so I explained where the factor of sqrt(2) comes from. It may be that your confusion is not about maths but physics.

13th December 2010, 11:20 AM  #15  
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What I did not understand, and someone explained above somewhere, was how the reservoir cap allows the DC voltage to be as high as it is. In my brain, the capacitor would have caused the DC signal (ignoring ripple,) to be some sort of average voltage value from the rectifier. I understand, sort of, what he was saying. Thanks for all the answers 

13th December 2010, 11:33 AM  #16 
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Your post #7 suggested that you didn't understand RMS, as you spoke about waveform average. RMS is about waveform^2 average. Then you seemed to confirm this in post #10. Sorry if I misunderstood.
The 2/pi figure appears in choke input supply theory, but you were asking about capacitor input supplies. 
13th December 2010, 12:02 PM  #17  
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What always gets me is that average power is calculated from RMS voltage and RMS current not average voltage and average current. But the math works out, I believe. 

13th December 2010, 12:30 PM  #18 
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The reason is that the average of a product is not necessarily equal to the product of the individual averages.

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