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Discussion in 'Beginner Electronics' started by 42, May 10, 2009.

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    42 Guest

    Hi all and sorry if this is an elementary level question.

    About 5 years ago I worked in an IT dept. of a school dist. and all the
    switch rooms at each school used a battery backup system that included a
    unit which, in the case of a power failure, would pull DC from battery banks
    and convert it to 120 ac to keep the equipment running I think they called
    it a ferro type inverter. The unit, not including the batteries, was as
    large as a fridge.

    I looked at the schematic of this unit and noticed that on one side of the
    circuit it used 4 SCRs (two in parallel but opposite direction of each other
    for each line) and on the other end of the circuit it used 2 triacs. Sorry I
    don't remember which was used for the ac input side and which was used for
    the dc to ac backup output side.

    My question is this...

    Why not use SCRs on both sides or use Triacs on both sides?

    Keep in mind that my level of electronic knowledge is about at a first year
    electronics student level. I am able to read a schematic and understand the
    basic idea of what each component in a circuit does and can usually figure
    out what each part of a schematic is for (which is the tank circuit,
    rectifier circuit, current limiter circuit, etc.) but the details of each
    are still above my level of thought. All my knowledge is learn-as-you-go so
    please keep that in mind.

    Oh, just though of this, would the 50 pounds or so of caps and coils in the
    tank circuits main purpose have been to try to generate a 60 cycle
    sinusoidal output since this circuit looked like it was only in action when
    power was comming from the battery pack?

    Sorry I don't have more information but I no longer have access to the

    Thanks in advance.
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