# Calculating capacitive reactance

 P: 4 Hi, Apologies if this has been posted/answered else where but I could not find it. I am trying to develop a model in matlab for a simple (short cylindrical coil) air cored transformer. So far I am capable of defining the coil such as core diameter, turns, length etc.., calculate the coil resistance, input current, magnetic field produced, flux density at a given distance along the central axis, and potential emf for the secondary coil. The next thing I need to work out is the impedance Z. Z = sqrt(R^2 + X^2) where X = XL - XC I can calculate XL because I have found an equation to work out the inductance of the coil, L. L = (r^2 * N^2)/(9r + 10l) *from the wiki inductor page so XL = 2πfL. I run in to problems with capacitive reactance XC. I cannot find anywhere online explaining how to work out the capacitance of a coil so I can calculate the capacitive reactance XC. XC = 1/(2πFC) Does anyone here know how to calculate the capacitance of a coil, or even if my understanding is completely off?
PF Gold
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Here's a fellow experimenter who gives a formula for self-resonant frequency, and some references:
http://www.pupman.com/listarchives/1.../msg00227.html

 If you are just interested in computing self-resonant frequencies there is another method which I have found useful and generally accurate to about 10% for all coil sizes - space wound or not. Its limitation is that it probably shouldn't be used for aspect ratios (Height/Diameter)<1 due to the assumptions of the original derivation. The formula is: F = (29.85 x (H/D)^(1/5))/(N X D) (hope the ascii came out) <---it didn't - i transcribed from link jh where F= self resonant frequency in Mhz of an 'isolated' coil H= coil height in meters D= coil diameter in meters N= total number of turns Make sure the top line reads " (H/D) to the 1/5 power"<--- numerator jh Note that the frequency is a very weak function of the aspect ratio (H/D), but a fairly strong function of the number of turns and the diameter.

maybe you could back into capacitance...
 P: 4 Thanks for a reply, its been useful, but seems to be for coils greater in length than I am dealing with. I tried using the suggestions anyway but they maths doesnt seem very dependable. I think I am best off just measuring it from a physical coil, then compare it back to the maths.