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AC Circuit help

  1. May 14, 2009 #1
    I have the following circuit:
    http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/6735/circuitac.png [Broken]

    My task is to calculate the voltage delivered by the voltage source Us
    When the voltage over R2 is known, 8cos(100t + 45)

    How would you do this?
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  3. May 14, 2009 #2


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    You need to show us your attempts at solving this, before we can be of tutorial help. What have you tried? You can certainly use the KCL and differential equations to solve for that transfer function. Can you think of how to use Phasors to get the solution in an easier way?
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  4. May 15, 2009 #3

    Okay i'd try a writing KVL equation for the loop in terms of V.
    Ri(t) + L(di/dt) -U_{s} = 0[/tex]
    [tex]Ri(t) +(1/C)\int i(t)dt +8cos(100t + 45) -U_{s} = 0[/tex]

    Does that look reasonable?
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  5. May 15, 2009 #4


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    Please don't do too much of the OP's work for them. It's fine to provide hints, but generally not good to post equations for the OP here in the Homework Help forums. Thanks.
  6. May 15, 2009 #5
    Hmm, why did you remove my second equation?
    And why did i get a warning for a suggestion to my own problem?
  7. May 15, 2009 #6


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    Because I'm an idiot. :redface: Sorry. Warning reversed.

    Can you re-post your 2nd equation? I don't have a good copy of it in the queue. Thanks!
  8. May 15, 2009 #7


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    Oh hey, it's back after reversing the warning. Phew!

    And yes, that's a good start.
  9. May 15, 2009 #8
    So this is where things start to get tricky.
    [tex]R(di(t)/dt) + L(di/dt) = 0[/tex]
    [tex]R(di(t)/dt) + RC*(di/dt) + i(t) = 800sin(100t+45)[/tex]

    Is that differentiation correct?
  10. May 15, 2009 #9
    Can you show the intermediate steps instead of just the final result? It seems to me that there should be some second derivatives in there, but I don't see any; check your notation.

    Solving simple networks like this with differential equations is really painful; haven't you studied phasors yet?
  11. May 16, 2009 #10
    we have.
    So here's then another suggestion.
    Replace the respective element in the circuit with its corresponding complex impedance.

    The problem however seems to be that you need the angular frequency of the source(int the formula [tex]-j(1/\omega L)[/tex], which you don't have.
  12. May 16, 2009 #11
    The angular frequency of the source is the same as the frequency of the voltage across R2, because there aren't any non-linear circuit elements. Does that help you?
  13. May 16, 2009 #12
    Yes, thank you
  14. May 16, 2009 #13
    The equivalent impedance of the inductance, capacitance and the resistor R2 should be:
    [tex]\frac{j\omega L (1/j\omega c + R_{2})}{j\omega L + (1/j \omega c + R_{2})} = 2+2j [/tex]

    And now voltage division:
    [tex]U_{L} = (2+2j)/(2+2j+R_{1}) * U_{s}[/tex]
    [tex]U_{r} = (R_{2}/(R_{2} + (1/j\omgea L)) * U_{s}[/tex]

    And we have a Catch 22...
  15. May 16, 2009 #14
    This part looks right:
    [tex]U_{L} = (2+2j)/(2+2j+R_{1}) * U_{s}[/tex]

    But shouldn't the next part be:

    [tex]U_{R} = (R_{2}/(R_{2} + 1/j\omega c) * U_{L}[/tex]

    When you get done with all this algebra, you should have something of the form:

    [tex]U_{R} = TFR * U_{s}[/tex]

    where TFR is a transfer function, a complicated algebraic expression.


    [tex]U_{s} = U_{R} / TFR[/tex]
  16. May 17, 2009 #15
    Okay, thanks!

    One last question though.
    Calculating the power delivered to a resistance is pretty simple.
    But what is the formula for the power delivered to a current/voltage source?
  17. May 17, 2009 #16
    For any 2-terminal component, be it a resistor, inductor, capacitor, voltage source, current source, or whatever (or a combination of these between two terminals), the energy absorbed or delivered can be computed by:

    [tex]\int e(t)i(t)dt[/tex]

    where e(t) is the instantaneous voltage across the terminals, i(t) is the instantaneous current through the terminals, and the limits of the integration are the time period for which you want to know the energy absorbed or delivered. If you divide this energy by the time period involved, then you will get the average power for that time interval.

    Typically, for steady state AC problems, the integration is over one cycle. Since for a steady state situation, the average power for any one cycle is the same as for any other cycle, this will be the average power for many cycles, also; it's the steady state average power.
  18. May 22, 2009 #17
    Hi again, about that.

    I have the following forumula in my book:
    [tex] P = \frac{V_{m} * I_{m}}{2} * \frac{R}{|Z|}[/tex]

    I tried to calculate the complex powered delivered to the [tex]V_{1}[/tex] source, but it yield the wrong result.
    |Z| = [tex]\sqrt{8^2 + 3.5^2} = 8.73[/tex]

    [tex] I_{m} = \frac {V}{|Z|} = \frac{40}{8.73} = 4.58[/tex]
    And i already have [tex]V_{m} = 40[/tex]

    So consequently i have [tex] \frac{4.58 * 40}{2} * \frac{8}{3.5} = 209[/tex] Which is incorrect.
    http://img34.imageshack.us/img34/859/accircuitpng.png [Broken]
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  19. May 22, 2009 #18
    To be sure of getting the right answer, rather than using formulas from the book whose applicability is uncertain, I would solve the network. Using the mesh method establish two currents flowing clockwise; I1 in the left mesh and I2 in the right mesh. We then get two equations:

    (8 - j*.5)*I1 + (j*.5)*I2 = 40

    (j*.5)*I1 + (j*4-j*.5)*I2 = -j*20

    Solving, I get:

    I1 = 4.9492 + j*.71066 = 5 < 8.17 degrees

    I2 = -6.4213 - j*.10152 = 6.422 < -179.09 degrees

    So the complex power in V1 is V1 * conjugate(I1) = 197.97 - j*28.43

    The complex power in V2 is V2 * conjugate(I2) = 2.0305 + j*128.43

    If you add the complex power in V1 and V2 you get 200 + j*100

    If you calculate the power dissipated in the 8 ohm resistor you get I12*8 = 200 watts, the same as the real part of the sum of the complex powers from V1 and V2.
  20. May 22, 2009 #19
    By the way, when I solved the network, I allowed the voltage sources to be sinusoids rather than co-sinusoids, knowing that it wouldn't affect the power calculations. The currents are different, however. To get the currents as you would obtain with cosines of voltage, just multiply the currents I got by "j".
  21. May 23, 2009 #20
    Nice, i didn't know you could use the mesh method for calculating power.
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