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Introduction to Capacitors. Chapter 20. Capacitance Vocab. Capacitance – the property of a dielectric to store electric charge. Dielectric – an insulator used to store electric charge in a capacitor Electrode - A collector or emitter of electric charge (not necessarily metallic)

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Capacitance vocab
Capacitance Vocab.

  • Capacitance – the property of a dielectric to store electric charge.

  • Dielectric – an insulator used to store electric charge in a capacitor

  • Electrode - A collector or emitter of electric charge (not necessarily metallic)

  • A capacitor is made up of 2 electrodes and a dielectric.

  • Permittivity - how well a dielectric material can establish electrostatic lines of force. (Like permeability but for capacitors)


Inside a capacitor
Inside a capacitor

Electrodes or


Top 8 capacitor concepts
Top 8 Capacitor Concepts

  • Do not use the property of magnetism like inductors do!

  • Capacitors store energy in an electrostatic field instead

  • The number of electrons it can store in this field determines its capacitance size

  • The units of Capacitance are measured in Farads [F] and the symbol for Capacitance is C.

  • Capacitors act like springs

  • Opposes DC but passes high frequency AC

    • Easy to flow during change but is open when DC

  • Some capacitors are polarity sensitive (For DC circuits) Signal to ground

  • Current doesn’t actually flow through a capacitor, rather it accumulates charge.



In the presence of an electric field electrons are attracted towards the more positive side
In the presence of an electric field, electrons are attracted towards the more positive side.


Factors affecting size of capacitance
Factors affecting size of capacitance attracted towards the more positive side.

  • Laser analogy

  • Looking at the capacitor on the left, which facts do you think affect the size of the capacitor?

  • Area of the plates

  • Distance between the plates

  • Dielectric constant – the material the dielectric is made of.


The equation given for capacitance size
The equation given for capacitance size: attracted towards the more positive side.

K = Dielectric Constant (or Permittivity)

From Table 20.1

A = Area of plate (measured in meters2)

D = Distance between plates (measured in meters)

Everything is referenced to vacuum as K = 1, because a vacuum is a very weak dielectric


Determining capacitance size
Determining Capacitance Size attracted towards the more positive side.

Dielectric Material - Air

A = .004m2

D = .001m

Find the size of the Capacitance given the above info.


Another example
Another example attracted towards the more positive side.

Dielectric Material – Aluminum Oxide

A = 4cm x 6cm

D = .0005m

Find the size of the Capacitance given the above info.


Another example1
Another example attracted towards the more positive side.

Dielectric Material – Tantalum Oxide

A = 3cm x 3cm

D = 4um

Find the size of the Capacitance given the above info.


The typical range for a capacitor is from 5f to 1 pf
The typical range for a capacitor is from .5F to 1 pF. attracted towards the more positive side.

More generally for our class, between 1mF and 10nF


Rvotd
RVOTD attracted towards the more positive side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjOvI0TOx98&NR=1


All these examples beg the question what is a farad
All these examples beg the question: attracted towards the more positive side.What is a Farad?

For any given capacitor, the ratio of the charge on one plate to the potential difference across the plates is a constant. This constant is the property called capacitance.

A capacitor has a capacitance of 1 Farad if 1 Coulomb of charge must be deposited to raise the potential difference by 1V across the capacitor.

1 Farad = 1 coulomb/1 volt


Determining capacitance
Determining capacitance attracted towards the more positive side.

Determine the capacitance when 50uC of charge deposited on the plates raises the potential difference by 2V.

Determine the Charge required to raise a 10nF capacitor by 15V.


So how does current voltage and capacitance relate
So how does current, voltage and capacitance relate? attracted towards the more positive side.

If you recall, what does Current equal in terms of Charge?

A constant current of 5mA charges a 20uF capacitor in 80ms. What is the voltage across the capacitor?


… but t is always a change in time, not just a particular instant. It’s also a change in charge Q, which causes there to be a change in voltage. (See 20.1.5)

This equation should look very similar to one we’ve already worked with.


Determine the capacitor current when the voltage across a 4uF capacitor changes from 16V to 24V in 2ms.


Another Example 4uF capacitor changes from 16V to 24V in 2ms.

Determine the capacitor current when the voltage across a 100nF capacitor changes from 0V to 5V in 2us.


Read page 143 on your own. 4uF capacitor changes from 16V to 24V in 2ms.

The starting up of voltage across a capacitor is similar to the starting up of current across an inductor.

The starting up of current across a capacitor is similar to the starting up of voltage across an inductor.



Mica capacitor see table 155 for typical applications and pro s con s
Mica Capacitor different applications.(See table 155 for typical applications and pro’s/con’s)

Notice the Voltage Rating.

Is this capacitor polar sensitive?


Ceramic capacitor
Ceramic Capacitor different applications.


Plastic film capacitor
Plastic Film Capacitor different applications.


Aluminum oxide capacitor
Aluminum Oxide Capacitor different applications.

When installing this type of capacitor, you must put the side with the negative dashes on the most negative side of the circuit.

This is an Electrolytic Capacitor which means it is polar sensitive. This kind is typically used in DC circuits since AC circuits are not polarized.


Tantalum oxide capacitor
Tantalum Oxide Capacitor different applications.


Capacitor codes

Capacitor Codes different applications.

What do all the letters and numbers mean on a capacitor?

They symbols on a capacitor refer to both the capacitance size and the temperature affect on the capacitance size.

The capacitors in your kit have a tolerance of +/-20%

How do you determine the size of a capacitor?

Determining capacitance size in some cases is not as straight forward as determining resistance size.


Temperature coefficient codes

Temperature Coefficient Codes different applications.


  • There are 3 classes of capacitors – Class I, II, and III different applications.

  • Class I dielectrics display the most stable characteristics.

  • The most common Class I dielectric is the COG designation, which is 0ppm/°C ±30ppm/°C, which is equivalent to the NPO (zero temperature coefficients) code defined by MIL specifications


Table 20 4 temperature coefficient of class i dielectrics
Table 20.4; Temperature Coefficient of Class I Dielectrics different applications.

Determine the temp. coefficient of a capacitance with the marking R2G.

-220 ppm/ºC ±30ppm/ºC



Code practice
Code Practice! different applications.

  • Using the chart in section 20.4.1, table 20.4 determine the temperature coefficient of a ceramic capacitor marked with the following:

  • U4M, P6G, T0G, R7K

  • -75000ppm/°C ±1000ppm/°C

  • 15ppm/°C ±30ppm/°C

  • -47ppm/°C ±30ppm/°C

  • 220ppm/°C ±250ppm/°C


Class ii
Class II different applications.

  • Offer much higher constants than Class I, but with less stable properties to changes in temperature, and voltage.

  • They have a maximum capacitance change of ±15% or less over an operating temperature range of -55°C to +125°C.

  • They are called general-purpose capacitors.


Table 20 5 max change in capacitance
Table 20.5 Max Change in Capacitance different applications.

  • Determine:

  • Y5V

  • X7R

  • Y5V= +22%, -82% maximum change from +25°C, over a -30°C to +85°C temperature range.


Determining capacitance size1

Determining Capacitance Size different applications.


Capacitance size through hole
Capacitance Size – Through Hole different applications.

If the capacitor is physically large enough, it will say the capacitor size right on it.

Otherwise, whole number values on capacitors usually indicate a value in picofarads.

Ie: 102 = 1 0 with 2 more 0’s. So 1000 picofarads or 1nF.

See table 20.6 for value interpretations

What is the value and tolerance of a cap that says 223J?

22nF+/-5% = .022uF

What is the value and tolerance of a cap that says 334K?

330nF +/-10% = .330uF

What is the value of a cap that says 229?

2.2pF


Capacitance size through hole1
Capacitance Size – Through Hole different applications.

If the value is 4 numbers long, then just read it directly in pF


Capacitance size surface mount
Capacitance Size – Surface Mount different applications.

Capacitance is always given in picoFarads

The first digit is typically a letter. This letter represents a number. (See table 20.7) ie: U = 5.6

The second digit is the multiplier

Ex: What capacitance is T2?

T = 5.1 & 2 = x100…… So 5.1x100 = 510pF

What capacitance is X4?

75000pF = 75nF = 0.075uF

What capacitance is 39?

39pF (If there is no letter, the number is read directly in pF.)


How to add capacitors in parallel and in series
How to add capacitors in parallel and in series. different applications.

So why is this true? What is the reasoning behind this?


What is the total capacitance c t of the circuit below
What is the total capacitance C different applications.T of the circuit below?


What is the total capacitance c t of the circuit below1
What is the total capacitance C different applications.T of the circuit below?


What is the total capacitance c t of the circuit below2
What is the total capacitance C different applications.T of the circuit below?


What is stray capacitance
What is Stray Capacitance? different applications.

Stray capacitance is more noticeable at higher frequencies

Ways to reduce stray capacitance

1. Use low frequencies (not really an option)

2. Keep lead lengths short

3. Use lots of space between wires and traces

4. Mount components high off chassis


What would happen if you measured resistance of a capacitor using a VOM?

How to could you tell if a cap is shorted?

How to could you tell if a cap has an open?


Finish going over Capacitor/Inductor Comparison Handout using a VOM?

Go over Cap/Ind Lead Lag handout


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