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Medium voltage switching-mode power supply.

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  1. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I'm thinking about the possibility of replacing the regular type of PSU that
    powers a tube receiver with a switching-mode type. The current PSU has a
    choke with gas filled regulator and provides outputs at 250v, 230v, 200v,
    and 150v. I understand that I could get by with a much smaller transformer
    if I used a swithching-mode PSU.

    Does anyone know of any published circuits of a medium voltage S-MPSU? TIA.
  2. I haven't any circuits to show you but I would do this with either a
    forward converter or flyback convertor topology with stacked outputs.
    I would wind the inductor or transformer with several different
    isolated windings that had turns counts that would simultaneously
    produce 150 volts, (200-150)=50 volts, (230-200)=30 volts, and
    (250-230)=20 volts. Then after rectification of each, I would stack
    the resulting DC voltages in series and regulate the total to 250
    volts (unless the regulation of one of the lower totals was more
    critical). This approach minimizes the high frequency voltage swing
    of any section, reducing the stray capacitive currents. I might even
    make the 150 volt section of 3 similar 50 volt sections stacked.
  3. Richard

    Richard Guest


    Thanks for the ideas.

    The original receiver has one regular PSU outputing the voltages mentioned.
    I'm going to reconstruct the rx by having three modules, rf, if and af. I'm
    trying to get the whole rx into a 6U 19" rack cabinet, but it's tight for
    space, and that's why I think of getting rid of the original PSU that has
    quite a large transformer. I'm faced with a choice of either using one PSU
    to power everything, or to put a PSU on each module. I kinda like that idea
    for various reasons but it's not essential by any means, and might still go
    for the one PSU solution.

    I think what you are saying is wind 4 seperate secondaries and treat each
    one as a seperate PSU in it's own right. But don't regulate each secondary

    Anyway, I think a key point here is the notion of winding ones own
    transformer. This is a must. So, I've got to find a transformer supplier and
    a circuit. Maybe if I look around I might come across some low-voltage
    circuits and it's simply a matter of just upgrading the component voltages.

    I think then task is to find a low-voltage circuit, then more-or-less copy
    that design, but replicate the secondary circuit for as many secondary
    windings that I have.

    For instance: Mode Power/5W_SMPS.htm

    This particular circuit is not regulated, but I think were saying that if I
    were as an example to use this circuit I could stick to the circuit
    arrangement except for component voltages in the secondary circuit, and I'd
    have 4 rectified secondary circuits instead of one. Which I would join in

    Of course I must calculate the needed power output of the desired PSU. And
    I'd have to figure out how to regulate.
  4. Yes. There would be quite good regulation of all the outputs if you
    regulate their sum. The big problem in a receiver would be to contain
    all the high frequency noise of the supply. You would probable have
    to enclose it is a separate metal box and filter all input and output
    lines, besides the normal DC filter capacitors.
    To use my method, certainly. for any other method, almost certainly.
    Finding a core and bobbin is your challenge (besides designing the
    rest of the circuit.
    THis design is sort of regulated, by using the second secondary to
    approximate what the main secondary is doing.
    That is what I was describing.
    Some other examples:
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