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Online BravoV

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[ASK] Stacking up multiple TVS in series
« on: November 03, 2015, 08:20:46 PM »
Currently I have only 5 Volt rated TVS in stock, plan is to protect power mosfet's Vgs (non logic level [email protected] max) by using 3 of these 5 volt TVSes connected in series to get up to 15 volt, also its only one off ad hoc project.

Will these work ?

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Re: [ASK] Stacking up multiple TVS in series
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2015, 08:31:17 PM »
Yeah, more or less. Your inaccuracies will be tripled, maybe check that it actually does shunt at the absolute max Vgs. Otherwise a nominal 5V TVS which actually trips at 8V * 3V = 24V Vgs and a dead mosfet. But the reason that

By contrast, things like gas discharge tubes and trisils cannot be used in series, because the V/I curve is discontinuous so you might end up with weird halfway states. But TVSs just have a nice monotonic VI curve; and putting them in series just triples the voltages.
 

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Re: [ASK] Stacking up multiple TVS in series
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2015, 06:48:26 PM »
rs20, thank you !  :-+

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Re: [ASK] Stacking up multiple TVS in series
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2015, 11:44:56 PM »
Interesting, going to test this soon, saves me also an extra component to order  :-+
 


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