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A feedback-controlled ferroresonant voltage regulator

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1 Author(s)
Kakalec, R. ; Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., Whippany, N.J.

A new regulated rectifier which combines a ferroresonant regulator with a simple control circuit is described herein. The voltage regulating function normally provided in a ferroresonant regulator by the saturating core is provided by the control circuit in this new regulated rectifier. The control circuit provides regulation by varying the amplitude of the alternating voltage feeding the rectifier and filter. By incorporating feedback into the control circuit, regulation of better than ±1/2 percent for line, load, frequency, and temperature changes can easily be attained. The new feedback-controlled circuit retains many desirable properties of conventional ferroresonant regulators such as half-cycle transient response, good input power factor, ideal output waveform for rectification and filtering, high efficiency, short circuit protection, and suppression of input voltage spikes. Additional features are level set, improved efficiency, lower stray magnetic fields than observed with conventional ferroresonant regulators, and, primarily, precision regulation. Data on an 800-watt regulated rectifier employing the new circuit are also presented.

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Magnetics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:6 ,  Issue: 1 )