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What is Bridge Rectifier?


The bridge rectifier is a circuit that converts AC signals into DC signals. It typically consists of an arrangement of interlocked diodes. Two types of rectifier circuits can be used in power supply circuits: full-wave and half-wave. Half-wave rectifiers allow only one-half the cycle through, but full-wave rectifiers allow both the top and bottom halves of the cycle while converting half the bottom to the same polarity.



How does a Bridge Rectifier Work?

Four diodes are used to convert an AC supply voltage into a DC supply voltage in Bridge Rectifiers. This circuit's output signal is always the same polarity, regardless of which polarity the AC input signal is. The circuit is a bridge rectifier that has diodes interlocked in a bridge configuration. The AC signal is applied to the input terminals A and B, and the output is seen across the load resistor.


Full Wave Rectifier vs. Half Wave Rectifier


What is a Half Wave Rectifier?


A half wave rectifier is defined as a device that allows only one half-cycle to pass in an AC voltage waveform while blocking the other. It converts AC voltage to DC voltage and requires only one diode.

It converts alternating current from AC to direct current. This is achieved by either a single diode or multiple diodes. A half wave rectifier uses one diode while a full-wave rectifier uses several diodes.



What is a Full Bridge Rectifier?


A full wave rectifier circuit is similar to a half-wave circuit. It produces an output voltage, or current, that is either purely DC or contains a specified DC component. Half wave rectifiers don't have the same advantages as full wave rectifiers. They have a lower average voltage (DC) than full wave rectifiers. Full wave rectifiers produce a smoother output waveform with less ripple. It is another type of circuit that produces the exact same output waveform as the full wave rectifier circuit. To produce the desired output, this type of single-phase rectifier uses four individual rectifying devices connected in a closed-loop “bridge” configuration.




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