Auto touch switch

Posted on Sep 1, 2012

When someone touches the touchplate (TP), the resistance of his finger across points A and is added in series to the combination of Rl and R2, the capacitor C2 begins to charge. When the voltage across Cl is finally sufficient to fire NE1, Cl will begin to discharge. When NE1 fires, it produces a short between its terminals. Since R3 is connected across Cl, they are effectively in series after NE1 fires. A voltage spike will then be passed by C2 and this will act as a positive triggering pulse. The pulse is fed to both SCR gates: SCR2 conducts, thereby closing relay Kl. With a finger no longer on the touchplate, no more pulses are forthcoming because the Cl charge path is open.

Auto touch switch
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The next contact with the touchplate will produce a pulse which triggers SCR1. SCR2 is now off by capacitor C3 which was charged by current passing through R6 and SCR2. The firing of SCR1 in this way places a negative voltage across SCR2 which momentarily drops the relay current to a point below the holding current value of SCR2. (Holding current is the minimum current an SCR requires to remain in a conducting state once its gate voltage is removed.) With SCR2 turned off, the relay will open and SCR1 will turn off due to the large resistance in series with its anode. Starved in this way SCR1 turns off because of a forced lack of holding current.

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