This humble little device is a near-relative of the “crowbar” over-voltage Completely solid-state, this quarter-sized, sealed module is capable of taking a. voltage is to crowbar—that is, short out—the pow- A nonisolated dc/dc converter implements crowbar-based overvoltage protection. OR POWER MODULE. This overvoltage protection circuit (OVP) protects sensitive electronic circuitry from overvoltage transients or regulator failures when used Power Modules .. MC Overvoltage Crowbar Sensing Circuit with Adjustable Threshold Voltage.
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Thyristor Circuit Design Includes: The thyristor or SCR can offer a very easy but effective method of providing a crowbar circuit to protect against this eventuality. One failure mode is for many analogue regulated supplies is that the series pass transistor can fail with a short circuit appearing between the collector and emitter. If this happens the full unregulated voltage can appear at the output, and this would place an intolerably high voltage on the whole system causing many ICs and other components to fail.
By looking at the voltages involved it is very easy to see why the inclusion of overvoltage protection is so important. A typical supply may provide 5 volts stabilised to logic circuitry. To provide sufficient input voltage to give adequate stabilisation, ripple rejection and the like, the input to the power supply regulator may be in the region of 10 to 15 volts. Even 10 volts would be sufficient to destroy many chips used today, particularly the more expensive and complicated ones.
Accordingly preventing this is of great importance. The thyristor crowbar circuit shown is very simple, only using a few components. It can be used within many power supplies, and could even be retro-fitted in situations where no over-voltage protection may be incorporated.
It uses just four components: The SCR over voltage crowbar or protection circuit is connected between the output of the power supply and crrowbar.
What is Crowbar Protection? – Sunpower UK
The Zener diode voltage is chosen to be slightly above that of the output rail. Typically a 5 volt rail may run with a 6. When the Zener diode voltage is reached, current will flow through the Zener and trigger the silicon controlled rectifier moduke thyristor. This will then provide a short circuit to ground, thereby protecting the circuitry that is being supplied form any damage movule also blowing the fuse that will then remove the voltage from the series regulator.
As a silicon controlled rectifier, SCR, or thyristor is able to carry a relatively high current – even quite average devices can conduct five amps and short current peaks of may be 50 and more amps, cheap devices can provide a very good level of protection for small cost. Also voltage across the SCR will be low, typically only a volt when it has fired and as a result the heat sinking is not a problem.
The small resistor, often around ohms from the gate of the thyristor or SCR to ground is required so that the Zener can supply a reasonable current when it turns on. It also clamps the gate voltage at ground potential until the Zener turns on.
The capacitor C1 is present to ensure that short spikes to not trigger the circuit. Some optimisation may be required in choosing the correct value although 0. If the power supply is to be used with radio transmitters, the filtering on the input to the gate may need to be a little more sophisticated, otherwise RF from the transmitter may get onto the gate and cause false triggering.
The capacitor C1 will need to be present, but a small amount of inductance may also help. A ferrite bead may even be sufficient. Experimentation to ensure that the time delay for the thyristor to trigger is not too long against removing the RF.
Although this power modulle overvoltage protection circuit is widely used, it does have some limitations.
Over-Voltage Protection Module
The firing voltage of the tthyristor crowbar circuit is set by the Zener diode. It is necessary to chose a Zener diode with the right voltage. The firing voltage must be sufficiently far above the nominal power supply output voltage to ensure that any spikes that may appear on the line do not fire the circuit. The lower the voltage the greater the margins needed. Often on a 5 volt supply there can be difficulty designing it so that the overvoltage crowbar fires below 7 volts where damage may be caused to circuits being modulee.
This simple thyristor crowbar circuit can be very effective. It is simple even if a little crude, but can protect an expensive item of equipment from the possible failure of the series regulator element.
Over-Voltage Protection Module
Analogue power supply failure modes One failure mode is for many analogue regulated supplies is that the series pass transistor can fail with a short circuit appearing between the collector and emitter.
Thyristor overvoltage protection circuit The SCR over voltage crowbar or protection circuit is connected between the output of the power supply and ground. Crowbar circuit limitations Although this power supply overvoltage protection circuit is widely used, it does have some limitations. Supplier Directory For everything from distribution to test equipment, components and more, our directory covers it.