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BT151 SCR (Thyristor)

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The BT151 is a medium power 12A silicon-controlled rectifier that comes in a TO-220 package that can be used to switch medium power AC/DC loads and can handle high DC pulses.

 

Pin configuration

Pin number:

Pin name:

Pin description:

1

Cathode

Conventional current flows out of the cathode.

2

Anode

Conventional current flows into the anode.

3

Gate

Controls conduction between the anode and cathode.

4

Tab

Electrically connected to the anode.

 

Features of BT151 SCR

  • Maximum anode-cathode voltage (off state): 650V
  • Maximum RMS current: 12A
  • Pulsed DC current: 120A
  • Gate trigger current: 15mA max.
  • Holding current: 20mA max.
  • Latching current: 40mA max.
  • Available in the TO-220AB package.

 

Note: Complete Technical Details can be found in the BT151 SCR datasheet present at the end of this page.

 

BT151 Equivalent SCRs: BT152, TYN208, 2N6508

Other SCRs: BTA16, BTB12600B, S6010

 

BT151 SCR Overview

The BT-151 is a medium power SCR used for power switching. SCRs are like transistors but have the ability to latch, i.e. stay on once triggered, even if the gate signal is removed. They stay in conduction till the anode-cathode current drops below a certain value called the holding current. SCRs in many ways behave like diodes with similar forward drops, hence the name ‘controlled rectifier’.

 

How to use the BT-151 SCR

The BT-151 can be used as a rectifier to provide pulsed DC current to various appliances. Shown here in the figure below is a simple dimming circuit that controls the brightness of a lamp.

BT151 SCR Lamp Dimmer Circuit

The 10K variable resistor and the 1uF capacitor act like an RC time delay, controlling how much of one AC half cycle is seen by the load. This way, the SCR acts as an efficient power controller.

 

Applications

  • Ignition circuits
  • Protection circuits
  • Motor control
  • Static switching
Component Datasheet

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