Waidelich, Donald L. Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Half-wave rectifier circuit
- Full-wave rectifier circuit
- Polyphase rectifier circuits
- Bridge rectifier circuits
- Parallel rectifiers
- Controlled rectifiers
- Inverse voltage
- Current ratings
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A nonlinear circuit component that allows more current to flow in one direction than in the other. An ideal rectifier is one that allows current to flow in one (forward) direction unimpeded but allows no current to flow in the other (reverse) direction. Thus, ideal rectification might be thought of as a switching action, with the switch closed for current in one direction and open for current in the other direction. Rectifiers are used primarily for the conversion of alternating current (ac) to direct current (dc). See also: Electronic power supply
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