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    P-mos not turning off.

    Hi everyone,
    PFA image. The p-mos(U1) remains OFF initially when n-mos(Q1) is OFF. Once, a signal from n-mos(Q1) is sent, the p-mos(U1) turns ON, but, even after turning OFF the n-mos(Q1), p-mos(U1) remains ON. Can anyone say me the reason.., is this because of the capacitors connected to the "24V_mech" line ?? should I change the value of the capacitors??. The p-mos circuit(U1) works fine when it is not connected to "24V_mech" line i.e, it turns ON & OFF for similar signals from n-mos(Q1).

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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    When false_on.
    Measure:
    V_gs and V_ds of each mosfet with a DVM.
    Show us these 4 values.

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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    I would additionally check for a shorted MOSFET. Charging 2000 uF without current limiting can easily damage the FET switch.



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi klaus,

    measure:
    for nmos: when false on: Vg=0V, Vs=0V, Vd=24V,
    when false off: Vg= 3.3V, Vs=0V, Vd=24V.
    for pmos: when false on: Vg=30mV, Vs=300mV, Vd=24V,(initial conditions, didn't try to turn on and then turn o0ff)
    when false off: Vg=24V, Vs=24V, Vd=24V

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    Hi,

    The MOSFET is working fine.



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    A "false off" condition isn't mentioned in the previous posts. No idea what it means.

    As for "false on". You report Vd(NMOS)=24V and Vg(PMOS)=30mV, which isn't possible with the shown circuit. Most likely the gate isn't correctly connected to the drive point (R1/R2 junction).

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    The reported "false off" condition suggests that also Q1 isn't correctly soldered to the circuit.



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Is there a load to discharge the capacitors when the MOSFETs are off?
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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    yes, there was a connection issue. The measures are as follows,
    p-mos false on: vg=24V, Vd=0.5V, Vs=24V.
    n-mos false on: Vg=3.2mV, Vs=0.5V, Vd=24V.

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    yes, there is a load, but the discharge process is too slow.



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    False-ON usually means V_DS is low.
    With both your Mosfets this isn't the case.

    So why do you call it false-ON?

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    BTW:
    I asked you to measure V_GS and V_DS....but you measure all signals with respect to GND.
    (Mind: A Mosfet has no dedicated GND pin, it only has G, D, S and thus no voltage given in a Mosfet's datasheet are w.r.t. GND)
    To minimize errors I strongly recommend to measure the voltages directly at the Mosfet pins and not referenced to GND.

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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    False-ON means that the MOSFET is OFF right??

    If that is the case then these are the values,
    p-mos: Vds=-23.72V, Vgs=0V.
    n-mos: Vds=24V, Vgs=3.2mV.

    If MOSFET is ON then these are the values,
    p-mos: Vds=0V, Vgs=12V.
    n-mos: Vds=3.3mV, Vgs=3.3V.

    if the p-mos Drain is not connected to 24V_mech line(as shown in circuit) then the MOSFET is working fine, so should I make changes in the capacitors value??



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    False-ON means that the MOSFET is OFF right??
    No. "False ON" means the MOSFET is (false) ON where it should be OFF.

    p-mos: Vds=-23.72V, Vgs=0V.
    -->Correct MOSFET OFF function.

    n-mos: Vds=24V, Vgs=3.2mV.
    -->Correct MOSFET OFF function.

    p-mos: Vds=0V, Vgs=12V.
    -->Correct MOSFET ON function.

    n-mos: Vds=3.3mV, Vgs=3.3V.
    --> depends on MOSFET type. For usual MOSFETs V_GS = 3.3V is too low to be (saturated) ON. Read MOSFET datasheet.


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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    yes, there was a connection issue. The measures are as follows
    p-mos false on: vg=24V, Vd=0.5V, Vs=24V.
    n-mos false on: Vg=3.2mV, Vs=0.5V, Vd=24V.
    yes, there is a load, but the discharge process is too slow.
    The measurement is indicating "correct off" rather than "false on".
    Means the problem is rectified and the thread should be marked as solved?



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    How can I change the rate of discharge ? The discharge process should be quit fast. Should I change the value of capacitors? If so, what should be the nominal value?



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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    Hi,

    tau = R x C
    To decrease tau you just have to decrease R or decrease C.

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    Re: P-mos not turning off.

    There will be probably load current through J9 which isn't yet specified. It's useless to discuss the question without this information.

    If there's no relevant load current, you may want to think about an active discharge circuit, NMOSFET + discharge resistor. The discharge resistor can be implemented as PTC for overload protection in case of switch failure.


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