This circuit is a Howland voltage-controlled current source. It is scaled to provide a 20mA output current with a +1V input voltage. This type of current source can be very useful in industrial applications. A R-R output op amp with an input common-mode range that includes its negative supply rail, such as an OPA251, is required for single- supply operation. For V+ supply over 12V, use Zetex ZXTN2010G (60V, 3W, SOT223, HFE = 100 min). Re- scaling this circuit with other transistors can result in output current capability of a many amps. (Circuit is created by Neil P. Albaugh, TI – Tucson)
Voltage-Controlled Current Source Circuit:
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