Thursday, November 29, 2018

Millivolt Source with Digital Potentiometer

Variable Parameters like voltage, current can be obtained by using a Digital Potentiometer. Microcontrollers or Counters operate FET CMOS Analog Switches. The switches configure resistor networks to adjust circuit performance. It could be a Speed Control of a Motor or Brightness of a Lamp. Volume controls and Tuners also can use this.

Millivolt Source with Digital Potentiometer

Description. - In this Circuit, digital potentiometer, connect pushbutton switches to fast and slow with one end to +7.5V, when you hold the button down the analog voltage will ramp up-down, fast or slow, this will enable you to make a digitally controlled millivolt source or power supply.

Digital Potentiometer - del50003

Here is a Millivolt Source i built for Calibration in the early days. It uses only CMOS Digital and Mixed Chips from Intersil and CD40xx Series.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Optical obstacle switch with LM567

This is a simple toy that has many applications. Any object that breaks a light beam will trigger a relay to on condition for a period of time.

Optical obstacle switch with LM567

Description - The 555 monostable has a 1 second period, If pin 2 gets low trigger pulses of a frequency more than 1 Hz, the output pin 3 will remain high, if the trigger pulses came in 10 second delays then output will go on and off, so also the relay and the electrical load on relay contacts. Like an integrator, it will not operate relay very fast. Even in a fridge stabilizer they put something like this else the compressor motor is damaged on frequent black-brown outs.

Optical obstacle switch - del50006

Now for the LM567 part, The clock at pin 5 flashes the IR Transmitter LED LD1 at a frequency set by C7-R5. The IR Photo Sensitive Diode or Transistor LD2 conducts when light is got from the IR LED. As the lights is in pulses, so also the impedance of LD2 goes low and high at same frequency. This develops an AC waveform across R3 over a DC representing Ambient light.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Solid-State Stabilizer Step up 110V AC

The circuit uses opto-coupler MOC3041 of Motorola and the Triac BTA16-600 of STMicro as a solid state switch or relay. Four Switches boost or buck the mains voltage, keeping output within limits.


It also uses the LM324 quad opamp from National Semiconductor which is low power and single supply. As the MOC3041 switches the Triac at zero crossover there is no inter-winding short of transformer on crossover hopefully, the control circuit is designed in such a way that more than one triac will not be turned on at a time, i would like you to give feedback.

Solid-State Stabilizer Step up 110V AC

The triac will switch at zero cross over because of MOC3041, hence no problem of an interwinding short, but then control circuit may fail or malfunction, so use fuse as shown . Also a snubber made of a 47E resistor and 0.02uF 630V pl cap in series must be placed across each triac.

Use heatsinks for all parts that heat, air circulation. Use Presets with series resistor as required so that you can test or calibrate. This Stabilizer should not be used with Inductive loads like motors or solenoids it may be ok for lighting and small electronics.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Stabilizer Step up 110V AC to 230V AC 500VA

It can Stabilize Mains voltage to around +/- 10% . It can be used for both 110V AC or 220V AC inputs with modifications. The Output is 220V AC.

Stabilizer Step up 110V AC to 230V AC 500VA

There is an overload, under voltage and over voltage trip circuit.U2A and U2B are two comparators which controls relays K2 and K3 Respectively. One Boosts the voltage (Step-up) when mains supply is low. The other Bucks the voltage (Step-down) when mains voltage goes beyond a limit.

Stabilizer Step up 230V AC 500VA

U2C and U2D work like a window comparator to trip the unit above and below certain preset limits. This circuit is clubbed with a Mains control relay K1 which can be Turned ON-OFF with two pushbuttons.Put a 0.1uF 1KV pl cap across all relay contacts to avoid sparking.

Relay current paths should be large and direct to supply, or when relay operates ground will lift and cause malfunction.All mains wiring and connections should be designed for high voltage and current, They should be isolated visually from control circuits by 10 mm or more. If input voltage is 230V put the two 110V windings in series in proper polarity

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Mini RTD Pt-100 Transmitter

If you need to transmit the temperature from a high voltage area or toxic environment. You will need to hermetically seal the transmitters, convert the Voltage to frequency, frequency to IR LED flashes or RF. This can be then remotely monitored. Then the transmitter has to be battery-solar operated, low power too.


The customer wanted a two wire system, this needs low power opamps which were ten times the price. If this transmitter works at 3mA it could have been two wire. Those parts were in short supply and the budget of customer was low. So i made it with regular opamps but three wire. The customer was satisfied as he got a cost effective solution. But now the situation of markets and products are different.

RTD  Three Wire Transmitter

These are the circuits and boards of a Mini Temperature Transmitter for a Platinum hundred ohms temperature Sensor. Has a 4-20mA sink output. Current Loop can be used for multiple instruments.

ICL7135 is a simple solution. It has a serial output that can be used to Drive IR Leds. Remotely sense these flashes in a Micro-controller and you have a reading. You may be able to use optic-fibers too. Where volatile liquids are present so that the risks of sparks can be eliminated.

Circuits by Application

Analog Circuits

  1. Battery Level Indicator
  2. Simple Sample and Hold
  3. Sample and Hold Standby
  4. Voltmeter Attenuator
  5. Precision Current Source
  6. Opamp Supply Virtual Ground

SCR and Triac

  1. Solid State Relay
  2. Normally Closed AC SSR
  3. AC-AC-SSR
  4. DC-DC SSR
  5. 2N2646 based Pulser
  6. Drive SCR thyristor

Mains Power

  1. Flashing Neon Lamp
  2. Dimmer power control
  3. Edison Bulb Life Extend
  4. Mains Current LED
  5. Mains Voltage LED

Digital Circuits

  1. Simple Digital Counter
  2. Running Lights
  3. Frequency Divider
  4. Crystal Oscillator
  5. Simple High speed switch
  6. Differential TTL converter

Measureall DMM

  1. Ohmmeter Measure Resistance
  2. Precision Digital Attenuator
  3. Precision Amplifier

Mixed Circuits

  1. Monostable Multivibrator
  2. Digital to Analog
  3. LM311 Oscillator
  4. PLL using 4046
  5. VCO with LM331
  6. BCD Thumbwheel to Analog
  7. V to F Converter ICL8038
555 Circuits
  1. OR gate with two 555
  2. fixed frequency duty cycle
  3. Pulse width modulation
  4. Astable Multivibrator
  5. uC Reset Generator
  6. LM555 Voltage Doubler
  7. 555 Power Oscillator
Discrete Circuits
  1. Isolated dual supply
  2. Sound to light converter
  3. Water operated relay
  4. Telephone Indicator
  5. Passive volume control
  6. RS232 Opto-Isolation
  7. Voltage Level Indicator
  8. Relay Driver
  9. Constant Current LED
  10. Voltage Doubler
  11. FET Current Source
Opamp Circuits
  1. Three Opamp Differential
  2. Two Opamp Differential
  3. Buffer Opamps
  4. Differential Op-Amp
  5. Inverting Opamp
  6. Non Inverting Opamp
  7. Digital gain control
  8. Square Triangle Oscillator
  9. Dual Polarity Output Amps
  10. Ammeter Precision Rectifier
  11. Voltage / Current 4-20 mA
  12. Current Source for RTD
Power Electronics
  1. Dual Power Supply
  2. Single Power Supply
  3. Battery Backup Supply
  4. 5V 1A Supply LM2575
  5. 5V Power Supply L296
  6. Dual Power Supply
  7. Tubelight Electronic Choke
  8. Voltage Doublers Multipliers
  9. White LED Lamp on Ni-Cd

uC and uP

  1. PC RS232 with MAX232A
  2. Battery Backup SRAM
  3. watchdog uC uP systems
Instrumentation Circuits
  1. Mains monitor LM3914
  2. Simple Mains monitor
  3. single digit voltmeter
  4. High Resistance Meter
  5. Diode Thermometer
  6. Function Generator
  7. Diode Leakage Tester
  8. Analog LED Ohm Meter
  9. Millivolt Source Current Loop
Process Control
  1. AD590 - temperature
  2. Thermocouple Amplifier
  3. Linearizing Thermocouple
  4. Thermocouple Amplifier
  5. 0-1V to 4-20 mA
  6. 1-5V to 4-20 mA
  7. InfraRed - Optical Switch
  8. InfraRed Detector

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