The Ramp Generator

The ramp generator or integrator uses a capacitor in the feedback loop of the operational amplifier. The capacitor is connected to the inverting voltage amplifier as shown below.

The output voltage rises steadily as the capacitor charges, until the operational amplifier reaches a saturating voltage a little less than the supply voltage. The variation ofwith time is shown below.

is almost zero so the voltage acrosswill be the input voltageand the voltage across the capacitor will be the output voltageVery little current will flow into the inverting input of the op – amp, all the input current flows onto the capacitor, charging it.

The current charging the capacitor is constant, given byThe charge on the capacitor is thenso


Ifis allowed to vary then

It is this equation that allows the circuit the alternative name of integrator.