SCR Control circuits

jojo September 15, 2009 8 Comments

90° Phase Control of SCR.

Phase control of SCR

Phase control of SCR

In ac circuits, the SCR can be turned on by the gate at any angle a with respect to the applied voltage. This angle α is called the firing angle. Power control is obtained by varying the firing angle and this is known as phase control. In the phase-control circuit given in fig. 1, the gate triggering voltage is derived from the ac supply through resistors R1, R2 and R3. The variable resistance R2 limits the gate current during positive half cycles of the supply. If the moving contact is set to the top of resistor R2, resistance in the circuit is the lowest and the SCR may trigger almost immediately at the commencement of the positive half cycle of the input. If, on the other hand, the moving contact is set to the bottom of resistor R2, resistance in the circuit is maximum, the SCR may not switch on until the peak of the positive half-cycle. By adjust­ing R2 between these two extremes, SCR can be switched on somewhere between the commencement and peak of the positive half-cycle, that is between 0° and 90°. If the trigger­ing voltage VT is not large enough to trigger SCR at 90°, the device will not trigger on at all, because VT has the maximum value at the peak of the input and decreases with the fall in voltage. This operation is sometimes referred to as half-wave variable-resistance phase control. It is an effective method of controlling the load power.

Diode D is provided to protect the SCR gate from the negative voltage that would otherwise be applied during the negative half cycle of the input. It can be seen from the circuit diagram shown in fig.a, that at the instant of turning on of the SCR gate current flows through RL and diode. So


180 degree Phase Control.

Phase Control-SCR

Phase Control-SCR

The circuit shown in figure, can trigger the SCR from 0° to 180° of the input waveform. In the circuit shown here, the resistor R and capacitor C determine the point in the input cycle at which the SCR triggers. During the negative half cycle of the input, capacitor C is charged negatively (with the polarity shown in the figure) through diode D2 to the peak of the input voltage because diode D2 is forward-biased. When the peak of the input negative half cycle is passed, diode D2 gets reverse-biased and capacitor C commences to discharge through resistor R. Depending upon the time constant, that is CR, the capacitor C may be almost completely discharged at the commencement of the positive half cycle of the input, or it may retain a partially negative charge until almost 180° of positive half cycle has passed. So long as the capacitor C remains negatively charged, diode D1, is reverse-biased and the gate cannot go positive to trigger the SCR into conduction. Thus R and /or C can be adjusted to affect SCR triggering anywhere from 0° to 180° of the input ac cycle.

Pulse Control of an SCR.

Pulse Control Circuit

Pulse Control Circuit

The simplest of SCR control circuits is shown in figure. If SCR were an ordinary rectifier, it would develop half-wave rectified ac voltage across the load RL. The same would be true if the gate of the SCR had a continuous bias voltage to keep it on when the anode-cathode voltage VAK goes positive. A trigger pulse applied to the gate can switch the device at any time during the positive half-cycle of the input. The resultant load waveform is a portion of positive half cycle commencing at the instant at which the SCR is triggered. Resistor RG holds the gate-cathode voltage, VG at zero when no trigger input is present. The instantaneous level of load current can/be determined from the following relation

  • February 24, 2013

    please send

    February 7, 2013


  • Rakesh
    March 6, 2012

    SCR cannot beused for DC motor control effectively! But use L293 or L298 ICs if you are controlling some low power DC motors.

    In most of the conditions, when you trigger an SCR, you lose control of it. Most of the time, Vt (Or Vak)is constant (Almost).
    For better concept, get familiar with the terms ‘latching current’ (Related to SCR triggering) and ‘holding current’ (Related to SCR turn off).

  • Edward Gentile
    March 5, 2012

    Dear Sir ,
    I am in a quandry. Will the voltage drop across the load cause a variation in the tv? Alsp if i referace the load to the anode are there any issues that i am not considering?

    March 5, 2012

    I want to know how DC brash motor speed control with SCR
    I use 4 wair motor 2wair for feeld other 2 wair for brash
    thank you

  • breeze
    September 1, 2010

    sir, i am a student of 5 th sem be electrical , & i want to make one project based on scr application which is easy to making & raliable & also less price contact .. so, kindly sir you will help me for this project. i am very much thankful to you sir..

  • February 5, 2010

    dear sir . i am rahim working as a industrial electronic technician in saudi areabia. now i have a problem because i have one dc motor 110 volt dc and 5 ampere this speed control circuite is lossed so pls this motor speed control circuite send me as soon as possible

    • Jeganathan
      February 19, 2015

      please send the automatic closed loop controller using SCR,i am waiting for your reply sir

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