50V to +/-15 - Best solution?

gruni

Member
2008-02-02 9:04 am
Hi everybody!

I'm repairing an old Lab Power Supply right now. It used to have some weird current sourcing/sinking used in the power supply. I already completely "modernized" the control circuit using JFET current sources etc. so my design only needs +/-15V supply. But i want to keep the original transformer that puts out a single 50V supply. So my question is: what is the best solution to convert 50V to +/-15V? I already thought of two zeners and a resistor, two cascaded 7815 (altough there would be a problem of too high input voltage) or regulation to 30V and using a rail splitter… What do you think is the best? Or is there something better?

Thanks in advance!
 

Sorento

Member
2008-03-12 9:59 pm
similar discussions here:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/power-supplies/219974-how-split-single-40v-into-15v-2.html

and here:
http://www.diyaudio.com/forums/power-supplies/229503-15vdc-7815-7915-power-supply.html

doubler is technically O.K. and probably best, but since you already have a high voltage it doesn't seem reasonable to go to 100v first ...

QUAD used a capacitive splitter w/o doubler in their 606 amp to obtain +/-V and virtual gnd from single DC
— Why not buy Keith Snook a BEER —
note T15 / T16 device to keep balance
 

gruni

Member
2008-02-02 9:04 am
I read those threads but thats not exactly what i'm searching for. The problem that bugs me most is the quite high voltage from the transformer. If i had a 15 to 20V winding, i would just use the voltage doubler design seen everywhere. But 50V is too high for feeding 78XX regulators. So i dont think a voltage doubler would make sense in this case. I think the most desireable solution is to use two 15V zeners and a resistor? What do you think?
 
Virtual/floating ground creates problems on interconection between stages, you have to be sure it is ok to use it, you have to make sure it will not affect or be affected by other circuits connected to it...

This is my sugested solution
 

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Elvee

Member
2006-09-08 2:04 pm
That is just a voltage doubler, and what i have sugested...

PS: What use do you have for R1 and C1?
It would become a voltage doubler if it happened to be operated open circuit, which is normally never the case.
R1 limits current spikes, at power on for instance, and C1 sets the average output current. Each cycle, it transfers a charge of C1*2*Vpeak to one of the outputs, leading to an average current of Q*Fmains, 50Hz in this case.