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Peak Load Voltage and DC Circuits

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Joe, May 18, 2004.

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  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I am trying to understand the concept of Peak Load Voltage and how it
    applies to DC circuits. If the circuit is DC rectified, how can there
    be peak voltages? I thought the DC circuit would be smooth. Thanks for
    your help.

    Joe Little
  2. A common meaning of DC is unidirectional, without respect to
    magnitude. So a time varying voltage that never reverses polarity is
    within the definition of DC. Of course another way of looking at such
    a voltage is that it is an addition of a smooth DC and various AC
    components (that are not large enough to add up to enough magnitude to
    ever completely cancel the DC and reverse the polarity of the sum).
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