Full Wave Precision | Half Wave rectifier circuit using op-amp

We are going to learn the types of rectifier circuits using OP-AMP. Why use it? Because we cannot use the diode as a rectifier AC voltage that lower that mV.

If we solve this problem We will apply in circuits such as filters, various signal measurements, etc.

See for example 741 op-amp rectifier circuits. We can try them on the breadboard.

Full Wave Precision and Half Wave Rectifier Circuit using op-amp

Basic Diode rectifier

See the normal rectifier Diode. They have a Cut in voltage of about 600mV (0.6V) for the silicon diode. And 300mV (0.3V) for the Germanium diode.

Compare between Diode and Op-amp rectifier
Compare between Diode and Op-amp rectifier

In which both types of diodes are unable to rectify signals that are lower than cut in voltage at all.

We then add OP-AMP to the old rectifier circuit. To reduce the cut-in voltage of the diode. By using the open-loop gain feature of OP-AMP. So, causes it can rectify the signal under 1mV.

Or in other words, we can say that. We make the diode work more perfectly.

According to the principle of the diode, It only has to conduct electricity in one way. And there are no resistances. There is no voltage across it. Which is not possible For diodes currently in use.

But when OP-AMP helps, the diode has approximately the same properties as the perfect diode. Which is suitable for filtering low-frequency signals.

Simple Half-wave rectifier using op-amp

Look at the circuit diagram. It is a non-inverting amplifier circuit. It acts as a half-wave rectifier.

Simple Half Wave Rectifier Circuit using OP-AMP

How it works

Which have D1 is the feedback signal from the inverting. When the non-inverting pin of the op-amp swings into a positive range about 1uA.

Then, the gain of the op-amp will cause the output voltage to increase quickly to 600mV. So, D1 receives Forward bias. Make the inverting pin has the voltage according to the input signal similarly.

When the input voltage is negative, D1 receives the reverse bias immediately, causing no output voltage.

A simple Peak detector circuit

This circuit will easily check the maximum input voltage level. And maintains that voltage level at the output. It becomes a rectifier circuit too.

See the circuit below.

Simple Peak Detector circuit using 741

We start to learn how the circuit works.

C1 will charge quickly through D1 to the maximum voltage in the positive range of AC through the input.

After passing the maximum voltage, C1 will slowly discharge through R1 which has a resistance of up to 1M.

Then, IC2 will be the voltage follower to act as a buffer. The output is like a DC voltage.

Not only that we have better circuits.

Half-wave Precision Rectifiers circuit using op-amp

Look at the circuit below. This is a Half-wave Precision Rectifiers circuit using 741.

When the AC input voltage is half negative, the output of the op-amp will swing positive.

Half-wave precision rectifiers circuit using OP-AMP
Half-wave precision rectifiers circuit using OP-AMP

The D1 will receive forward bias. The gain of the op-amp is approximately 1. Because of the resistance of D1 while forward bias is very low.

When the AC input voltage เป็นครึ่งบวก, the output will swing approximately -600mV. And D2 is forward bias. On the other hand, D1 is reversed bias. The R3 will offset the voltage of the op-amp.

Full-wave Precision Rectifiers circuit

We know that the Full-wave rectifier is more efficient than previous circuits.

Which we can create it by connecting the half-wave rectifier circuits together.

Look at the circuit below. More equipment parts, But not too difficult for understanding it.

Full-wave precision rectifiers circuit using OP-AMP

Let me explain how it works.

When the AC input voltage is half negative. It causes the output of IC1 will be -Vin. Meanwhile, some AC input voltage via R4 by having R5 is feedback. So, the output of IC2 will be + Vin.

Then when the AC input is half positive, the output of IC1 will be negative. Because D1 conducts current until getting the output 2 times of Vin is -2V.

Once the signal is through the IC2, which is an inverting amplifier circuit, the output will be + 2V.

At the same time, the positive AC input voltage will appear at pin 2 of IC2 as + Vin. This causes the output at pin 6 to appear as-Vin. Therefore, the sum of voltage at pin 6 of IC2 will be + 2Vin – Vin. Which is equal to + Vin

We will see that the output of IC2 will be + Vin, regardless of whether the AC input voltage is Positive or Negative.

The output will be a Pulsating pattern which is still a component of AC. We can make complete DC by another filter circuit.

Other Op-amp rectifier circuits

I have accumulated these circuits for a long time. It’s a pity to delete it. Of course, the circuit and the explanation above should be better, right?

Full wave rectifier with an op amp IC

The work is easy when a positive input into, the D1, D2 will do not work. The output is equal to R2 / (R2 + R3). When V1 is the input signal and R2 = R3 = R. We will have the output signal V0 = 1 / 2 V1.

Later, when the negative output signal into. The D2 to conduct, but D1 does not work. When this circuit is the inverting circuit, output has values V0 = R2/R1 V1, where R1 = 2R, and R2 = R, so V0 = 0.5 V1.
This piece was positive. But the same direction, so the output out.

Precision half-wave rectifier using NE5535

This circuit provides the right half-wave rectification of the input signal. In the circuit uses NE5535 as main. It is Dual High Slew Rate Op-Amp.

Precision half wave rectifier using op-amp

The NE5535 device will work up to 10kHz with less than 5% distortion.

The input signal has two-phase. There are positive signals are the gain is 0; And second, negative signals are the gain is – 1.

It reverses polarity both diodes 1N4148. And, All resistor values are in ohms.

This circuit supplies an accurate output signal. But the output impedance differs for the two input pin and buffer. The output must slew through two diode drop when the input polarity reverses.

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5 thoughts on “Full Wave Precision | Half Wave rectifier circuit using op-amp”

  1. The circuits shown would be more complete by showing the voltage connections
    to the actual op amp ie Pin 8 and Pin 4 , or at least mention why they are not shown
    As provided the schematic is presently incomplete.


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