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For the following circuit, please show me how to determine voltage across D1 and the current flowing through D2. Assume that D1 and D2 are both silicon diodes.
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For the following circuit, please show me how to determine voltage across D1 and the current flowing through D2. Assume that D1 and D2 are both silicon diodes.
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baddinlolBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
By the way, D1 is reverse bias, sorry about the bad drawing
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rs32623Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
If D1 is reversed biased we can remove it safely Now our equivalent diagram looks like followingdw:1335316744178:dw Now apply Kirchoof's law in the loops ABEFE & BCDEB We have three unknowns I, I1 & ID2 The third equations comes from the junction E where I=I1+ID2
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radarBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
You did not provide the value of the battery voltage so it is difficult to calculate the exact current in this circuit. The current thru D2 will depend on this. Also the voltage across D1 which is the IR drop across the 1.3 K resistor. The current thru the 3K plus the 1.3K (4.4K) would be the battery voltage minus the 0.7 volt across D2. divided by the resistance. The current across the 20K resistor is limited by the diode D2
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radarBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
The current thru the 3k and 1.3k is: (5V.7V)/(3K + 1.3K)= 1 milliamp thus the voltage across the reverse biased D1 would then be 1.3 Volt. The current through the 20K resistor is .7/20K Ohm=35 microamps and is not enough to be significant.
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radarBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Technically the 35 microamps would be added to the 1 milliamp and the voltage across would be up and additional 45 millivolts
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Thanks for your help Radar and RS!
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radarBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
It does prove to be helpful. I learn quite a bit from the posts and answers
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