Lab 4: Full-Wave Rectifiers

Full-Wave Bridge Rectifier Circuit Connected to Analog Discovery 2
This lab guides students in building a full-wave bridge rectifier and in exploring the V-I characteristic of a diode. Students will first simulate and build the rectifier to gain an understanding of the purpose of a rectifier. Then, students will use LabVIEW to explore the individual components of the rectifier in order to visualize and understand how these components limit its operating range. Advanced students can explore ways to overcome the threshold voltage limit when using diodes in a rectifier or learn more about programming practices and user-friendliness.
by National Instruments


This is module 4 of 7 in the course, Complementary Labs for Electrical Engineering.


  • Full-Wave Rectifiers Lab Manual
  • Full-Wave Rectifiers VIs



  • Introductory Electronics or Power Electronics

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These labs prepare students with prerequisite skills.


These labs have related concepts that can expand student experience.

Analog Discovery 2

Gives students access to a 100 MS/s oscilloscope, a logic analyzer, and six other instruments in a pocket-sized lab device.


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Required Software

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  • Multisim Live Premium Account
  • LabVIEW 2015 or later
  • Digilent WaveForms 2015
  • Digilent WaveForms VIs


Required Hardware

Purchase Engineering Education Products

  • Analog Discovery 2 - NI Edition
  • Prototyping Breadboard
  • Wires
  • 1N4001 diodes x 4
  • One 100 kΩ resistor
  • One 100 Ω resistor
  • One 4.7 Ω resistor
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