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Old 2nd May 2009, 03:09 AM   #1
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Default Quick question about CT and FWB

I have a 40VCT (20 - 0 - 20) transformer that I'm using to make a 40v PSU with a FWB rectifier, what I need to know is, what do I do with the CT? Whats the difference between grounding it and leaving it unconnected? I tried to search but the search engine wasn't very helpful.
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Do not connect the CT to anything. Protect it form touching anything by folding it and either taping it up or slide a piece of heat shrink tubing over it. If you used the CT, you could get 20V.
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DO NOT ground it if you will have either end of the bridge connected to ground.
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Old 2nd May 2009, 04:04 AM   #4
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Default Ok, good

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Do not connect the CT to anything. Protect it form touching anything by folding it and either taping it up or slide a piece of heat shrink tubing over it. If you used the CT, you could get 20V.

This is what I did, I just had a moment of confusion. New baby=no sleep=maybe I should check all my work, twice. Thanks for answering the simple question of the night.
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Are you a newbie at PS design?? As in, you won't get an exact 40VDC from this transformer.
Appx 56VDC for straight Cap.
36 VDC for choke input design OR
40 VDC straight cap plus regulation

My apologies for noting this if your already aware.
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This will be my 6th one. Although it is the first solid state FWB PSU I've made, hence the moment of confusion. I have a few RC filters to bring the voltage down and I'm not concerned with 10% (+/- 4v) error, which I've found isn't noticeable, at least to me. I got it sim'd out with PSUD II as well. Thanks for checking though

It is a psudo-dual mono supply with 2 small chokes in some LC filters at the split, followed by a few RC filters and a gyrator at the end (as an experiment) to kill what ever ripple is left.
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