Wein Bridge Oscillator using ic 741 op amp

Wien bridge oscillator is an audio frequency sine wave oscillator of high stability and simplicity. Before that let us see what is oscillator? An oscillator is a circuit that produces periodic electric signals such as  sine wave or square wave. The application of oscillator includes sine wave generator, local oscillator for synchronous receivers etc.

Here we are discussing wein bridge oscillator using 741 op amp IC. It is a low frequency oscillator. The op-amp used in this oscillator circuit is working as non-inverting amplifier mode. Here the feedback network need not provide any phase shift. The circuit can be viewed as a wien bridge with a series RC network in one arm and parallel RC network in the adjoining arm. Resistors Ri and Rf are connected in the remaining two arms.
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Wien bridge oscillator Circuit Diagram

Wien bridge oscillator

Components Required

  1. Resistors (1KΩ, 1.5KΩ x2)
  2. Potentiometer(4.7KΩ)
  3. Capacitor(0.1µF x2)
  4. 741 Op amp

Output Waveform

Wein bridge oscillator waveform

Working of Wein bridge Oscillator

  • The feedback signal in this oscillator circuit is connected to the non-inverting input terminal so that the op-amp works as a non-inverting amplifier.
  • The condition of zero phase shift around the circuit is achieved by balancing the bridge, zero phase shift is essential for sustained oscillations.
  • The frequency of oscillation is the resonant frequency of the balanced bridge and is given by the expression   fo = 1/2πRC
  • At resonant frequency ( ƒo), the inverting and non-inverting input voltages will be equal and “in-phase” so that the negative feedback signal will be cancelled out by the positive feedback causing the circuit to oscillate.
  • From the analysis of the circuit, it can be seen that the feedback factor β= 1/3 at the frequency of oscillation. Therefore for sustained oscillation, the amplifier must have a gain of 3 so that the loop gain becomes unity.
  • For an inverting amplifier the gain is set by the feedback resistor network Rf and Ri and is given as the ratio -Rf/Ri.


The required frequency of oscillation fo=1kHz
we have,
Take C=0.01µF, then R=1.6kΩ (Use 1.5kΩ standard)
Gain of the amplifier section is given by,
Take Ri=1kΩ, then Rf=2.2kΩ (Use 4.7kΩ Potentio meter for fine corrections)

Wien bridge oscillator Frequency calculator

R1 and C1 in the series arm and R2 C2 in parallel arm of feedback circuit

Enter the Value of Resistor, R1     :in Ω
Enter the Value of Capacitor, C1  :in Farads
Enter the Value of Resistor, R2     :in Ω
Enter the Value of Capacitor, C2  :in Farads

Frequency of oscillation, F  :in Hz

Components Pin Out

24 thoughts on “Wein Bridge Oscillator using ic 741 op amp

  1. Don,t worry!
    Once again just go through the circuit that you have designed and check out the values of all the components.
    Compare it with the standard reference material. Cross check the calculations!

    Ramesh Parmar
    L.E.College, Morbi
    Gujarat- India

  2. You need to correct your circuit diagram, which gives the impression that the output merely goes out from pin 6 to the speaker (or amplifier.) In actuality, it needs to be fed back into both the inverting and non-inverting inputs. Either put a node (dot) or connect the inverting and non-inverting lines in different places to make this explicit.

  3. the circuit above confirmed works and by tune the potentio meter i got 6.5Khz with no modification of the brief circuit.
    Thank you.

  4. Hi, I have revised your calculated values, and with these element values, the frecuency is around of 10 KHz: fo=1/(2×3,14×1,5e3x0,01e-6)=10,6 KHz, not 1KHz.

  5. i tried that exact circuit in proteus, doesn’ work.
    i double checked the values of resistors and capacitors and everything, doesn’t work.
    any suggestions?
    i just want to generate a 21-22 kHz sine wave. i don’t care how. i tried using atmega8 but no luck.
    any suggestions?

    • In the calculation Rf need to be 2.2K and the variable resistor is 4.7K therefore it needs to be adjusted to about half way 50%

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