The METALLIC RECTIFIER or dry-disc rectifier is a metal-to-semiconductor device that acts
just like a diode in that it permits current to flow more readily in one direction than the other. Metallic
rectifiers are used in many applications where a relatively large amount of power is required.
DIODE CHARACTERISTICS is the information supplied by manufacturers on different types of
diodes, either in their manuals or on specification sheets.
DIODE RATINGS are the limiting value of operating conditions of a diode. Operation of the diode
outside of its operating limits could damage the diode. Diodes are generally rated for: MAXIMUM
AVERAGE FORWARD CURRENT, PEAK RECURRENT FORWARD CURRENT, MAXIMUM
SURGE CURRENT, and PEAK REVERSE VOLTAGE.