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Transient (Time domain) in transmission lines

  1. Jan 16, 2010 #1
    I am watching this video:

    and he says there:

    I see that the wave turns into a "normal" sinus in the end, but it's not constant.
    I think, that even on an unmatched transmission line, the waves should go back and forth, but eventually turn into a constant voltage. Isn't that correct?
    If not, and the correct answer is that the steady state IS the final wave there - how do I calculate the voltage? is it the RMS of the wave?

    Thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 16, 2010 #2
    When a TEM wave in a cable goes from one medium (cable) to another, If there is an impedance mismatch (and the signal source is a voltage source), there is a reflection and a standing wave. Furthermore if the propagation velocity changes, the waves "pile up" in the downstream cable. There are two equations that are relevant:

    Cable impedance is proportional to

    Z = sqrt(1/ε)

    and the propagation velocity is proportional to

    and v = βc = 1/sqrt(ε)

    where ε is the dielectric constant of the dielectric in the cable. A high dielectric constant reduces both the cable impedance and the propagation velocity.

    If the signal source impedance does not equal the cable impedance, there is a reflection of the backward-propagating signal, producing a standing wave.

    Bob S
  4. Jan 16, 2010 #3
  5. Jan 16, 2010 #4
    For my previous post, the characteristic impedance of a coaxial cable is about

    Z = (1/2 pi) sqrt(μ0/εε0) Ln(R/r)

    where R and r are the outer and inner radii of the coax, and sqrt(μ00) = 377 ohms.

    Bob S
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