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### alternating currents & electromagnetic waves

PHY232

Remco Zegers

zegers@nscl.msu.edu

Room W109 – cyclotron building

http://www.nscl.msu.edu/~zegers/phy232.html

Alternating current circuits

R

R

- previously, we look at DC circuits (the voltage delivered by the source was constant).
- Now, we look at AC circuits, in which case the source is sinusoidal. A is used in circuits to denote the difference

I

I

V

V

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A circuit with a resistor

R

- The voltage over the resistor is the same as the voltage delivered by the source: VR(t)=V0sint=V0sin(2ft)
- The current through the resistor is: IR(t)= V0/Rsint
- Since V(t) and I(t) have the same behavior as a function of time, they are said to be ‘in phase’.
- V0 is the maximum voltage
- V(t) is the instantaneous voltage
- is the angular frequency; =2f f: frequency (Hz)
- SET YOUR CALCULATOR TO RADIANS WHERE NECESSARY

IR(A)

I

V0=10 V

R=2 Ohm

=1 rad/s

V(t)=V0sint

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lon-capa

- you should now do problem 1 from set 7.

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rms currents/voltages

- To understand energy consumption by the circuit, it doesn’t matter what the sign of the current/voltage is. We need the absolute average currents and voltages (root-mean-square values) :
- Vrms=Vmax/2
- Irms=Imax/2
- The following hold:
- Vrms=IrmsR
- Vmax=ImaxR

IR(A)

Vrms

|IR|(A) |VR|(V)

Irms

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power consumption by an AC circuit

- We already saw (DC):
- P=VI=V2/R=I2R
- For AC circuits with a single resistor:
- P(t)=V(t)*I(t)=V0I0sin2t
- The average power consumption:
- Pave=Vrms*Irms=V2rms/R=I2rmsR
- Pave=(Vmax/2)(Imax/2)= ImaxVmax/2

Vrms

|IR|(A) |VR|(V)

Irms

P(W)

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vector representation

V0

=t

V

time (s)

-V0

The voltage or current as a function of time can be

described by the projection of a vector rotating with

constant angular velocity on one of the axes (x or y).

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I(t)=V(t)=0

t

t

I(t)=5A V(t)=10 V

V(t)=-10V I(t)=-5A

t

phasorsI(t), V(t) are in phase, so

point in the same direction

IR(A)

=t

I(t) V(t)

t

The instantaneous current and voltage over R are the projections on

the t-axis (horizontal axis) of vectors rotating with ang. frequency .

The length of the vectors indicate the maximum current or voltage.

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Since the V-vector is shorter than the R vector, R=V/I<1 Ohm

questiont

V(t) I(t)

- Given a phasor diagram for a single resistor in circuit.
- If the voltage scale is V and current scale Ampere,
- then the resistor has a resistance
- < 1 Ohm
- > 1 Ohm
- 1 Ohm

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A circuit with a single capacitor

C

I

IC(A)

V(t)=V0sint

Vc= V0sint

Qc=CVc=CV0sint

Ic=Qc/t= CV0cost= CV0sin(t+/2)

So, the current peaks ahead in time (earlier) of the voltage

There is a difference in phase of /2 (900)

why? When there is not much charge on the capacitor it readily accepts more

and current easily flows. However, the E-field and potential between the plates

increase and consequently it becomes more difficult for current to flow and

the current decreases. If the potential over C is maximum, the current is zero.

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phasor diagram for capacitive circuit

IC(A)

=t

I(t) V(t)

t

Note: Imax= CV0

For a resistor we have I=V0/R so ‘1/C’ is similar to ‘R’

And we write: I=V/Xc with Xc= 1/C the capacitive reactance

Units of Xc are Ohms. The capacitive reactance acts as a resistance

in this circuit.

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power consumption in a capacitive circuit

There is no power consumption in a purely capacitive circuit:

Energy (1/2CV2) gets stored when the (absolute) voltage over the

capacitor is increasing, and released when it is decreasing.

Pave = 0 for a purely capacitive circuit

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question

=t

I(t) V(t)

t

- The angle between the current vector and voltage
- vector in a phasor diagram for a capacitive circuit is
- 00
- 450
- 900
- 1800

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A circuit with a single inductor

L

IL(A)

I

V(t)=V0sint

VL= V0sint=LI/t

IL=-V0/(L)cost= V0 /(L)sin(t-/2)

(no proof here: you need calculus…)

So, the current peaks later in time than the voltage

There is a difference in phase of /2 (900)

why? As the potential over the inductor rises, the magnetic flux produces a

current that opposes the original current. The voltage across the inductor

peaks when the current is just beginning to rise, due to this tug of war.

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phasor diagram for inductive circuit

IL(A)

=t

t

I(t) V(t)

Note: Imax= V0/(L)

For a resistor we have I=V0/R so ‘L’ is similar to ‘R’

And we write: I=V/XL with XL= L the inductive reactance

Units of XL are Ohms. The inductive reactance acts as a resistance

in this circuit.

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power consumption in an inductive circuit

There is no power consumption in a purely inductive circuit:

Energy (1/2LI2) gets stored when the (absolute) current through the

inductor is increasing, and released when it is decreasing.

Pave = 0 for a purely inductive circuit

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question

- The inductive reactance (and capacitive reactance) are just like the resistance of a normal resistor, I.e. if I know the inductive reactance, I can calculate the current at any time given the voltage using I=V/XL.
- a) True
- b) False

answer: False; it tells something about maximum currents

and voltages, but ignores the phases involved.

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Combining the three: the LRC circuit

L

C

R

- Things to keep in mind when analyzing this system:
- 1) The current in the system has the same value everywhere I=I0sin(t-)
- 2) The voltage over all three components is equal to the source voltage at any point in time: V(t)=V0sin(t)

I

V(t)=V0sint

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An LRC circuit

VR

I

- For the resistor: VR=IRR and VR and IR=I are in phase
- For the capacitor: Vc=IXc and Vc lags Ic=I by 900
- For the inductor: VL=IXL and VL leads IL=I by 900
- at any instant: VL+Vc+VR=V0sin(t), that is the total voltage Vtot is the vector addition of the three individual components

I

Vtot

VR

VL

VC

=t

t

VL

VC

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impedance

VR

VR

- Vtot= VL+Vc+VR (vectors)
- Vtot=[VR2+(|VL|-|VC|)2]=
[ (IR)2+(IXL-IXC)2]=I[R2+(XL-Xc)2]

- define X=XL-Xc : reactance of an RLC circuit
- define Z=[R2+(XL-Xc)2]= [R2+X2] : impedance of RLC circ.
- Vtot=IZ & I=Vtot/Z looks like Ohms law

Vtot

VL

VL

t

t

vector sum VL+VC

VC

VC

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phase angle

VR

VR

- The current I and the voltage Vtot are out of phase by an angle . This angle can be calculated with:
- tan=opposite/adjacent=(|VL|-|Vc|)/VR=X/R

I

Vtot

Vtot

VL

VL

=t

t

t

vector sum VL+VC

VC

VC

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VR

Vtot

VL

vector sum VL+VC=0

t

VC

question

- If the maximum voltage over the capacitor equals the maximum voltage over the inductor, the difference in phase between the voltage over the whole circuit and the voltage over the resistor is:
- a) 00
- b)450
- c)900
- d)1800

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power consumption by an LRC circuit

- Even though the capacitor and inductor do not consume energy on the average, they affect the power consumption since the phase between current and voltage is modified.
- P=I2rmsR=IrmsVR
- VR=Vrmscos (since cos=VR/Vtot)
- So: P=VrmsIrmscos
- cos: power factor of a circuit

VR

Vtot

VL

t

VL+VC

VC

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lon-capa

- you should now do problem 4 from LON-CAPA 7

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R=250 Ohm

L=0.6 H

C=3.5 F

f=60 Hz

V0=150 V

exampleL

C

R

- questions:
- a) what is the angular frequency of the system?
- b) what are the inductive and capacitive reactances?
- c) what is the impedance, what is the phase angle
- d) what is the maximum current and peak voltages over each element
- Compare the algebraic sum of peak voltages with V0. Does this make sense?

- e) make the phasor diagram. Include I,VL,VC,VR,Vtot, . Assume VR is in the first quadrant.
- f) what are the instantaneous voltages and rms voltages over each element. Consider Vtot to have zero phase.
- g) power consumed by each element and total power consumption

I

V(t)=V0sint

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R=250 Ohm

L=0.6 H

C=3.5 F

f=60 Hz

V0=150 V

answers- a) angular frequency of the system?
- =2f=260=377 rad/s

- b) Reactances?
- XC=1/C=1/(377 x 3.5x10-6)=758 Ohm
- XL= L=377x0.6=226 Ohm

- c) Impedance and phase angle
- Z=[R2+(XL-Xc)2]=[2502+(226-758)2]=588 Ohm
- =tan-1[(XL-XC)/R)=tan-1[(226-758)/250]=-64.80 (or –1.13 rad)

- d) Maximum current and maximum component voltages:
- Imax=Vmax/Z=150/588=0.255 A
- VR=ImaxR=0.255x250=63.8 V
- VC=ImaxXC=0.255x758=193 V
- VL=ImaxXL=0.255x266=57.6 V
- Sum: VR+VC+VL=314 V. This is larger than the maximum voltage delivered by the source (150 V). This makes sense because the relevant sum is not algebraic: each of the voltages are vectors with different phases.

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e) the phasor diagram

- Imax=Vmax/Z=0.255 A
- VR=ImaxR=63.8 V
- VC=ImaxXC=193 V
- VL=ImaxXL=57.6 V
- =-64.80 (or –1.13 rad)
- Vtot=150 V

VR

I

VL

t

Vtot

=t

VL+VC

start with VR (in first quadrant). The I vector

is in the same direction. VC vector is perpendicular to VR,

900 later in time (counter-clockwise). VL is perpendicular

to VR, 900 faster in time (clockwise). Add VL and VC as vectors, and

add the results to VR as vectors to make Vtot. The angle between the

horizontal x-axis and Vtot is the angle t. The angle between I (or VR)

and Vtot is the phase angle .

VC

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- Imax=Vmax/Z=0.255 A
- VR=ImaxR=63.8 V
- VC=ImaxXC=193 V
- VL=ImaxXL=57.6 V
- =-64.80 (or –1.13 rad)
- Vtot=150 V

- f) instantaneous voltages over each element (Vtot has 0 phase)?
- start with the driving voltage V=V0sint=Vtot
- VR(t)=63.8sin(t+1.13) (note the phase relative to Vtot)
- VC(t)=193sin(t-0.44) phase angle : 1.13-/2=-0.44
- VL(t)=57.6sin(t+2.7) phase angle : 1.13+/2=2.7

- rms voltages over each element?
- VR,rms=63.8/2=45.1 V
- VC,rms=193/2=136 V
- VL,rms=57.6/2=40.7 V

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answers

- g) power consumed by each element and total power consumed?
- PC=PL=0 no energy is consumed by the capacitor or inductor
- PR=Irms2R=(Imax/2)2R=0.2552R/2=0.2552*250/2)=8.13 W
- or: PR=Vrms2/R=(45.1)2/250=8.13 W (don’t use Vrms=V0/2!!)
- or: PR=VrmsIrmscos=(150/2)(0.255/2)cos(-64.80)=8.13 W
- total power consumed=power consumed by resistor!

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lon-capa

- you should now try problem 6 of lon-capa set 7, except for the last part

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LRC circuits: an overview

VR

I

Vtot

- Reactance of capacitor: Xc= 1/C
- Reactance of inductor: XL= L
- Current through circuit: same for all components
- ‘Ohms’ law for LRC circuit: Vtot=IZ
- Impedance: Z=[R2+(XL-Xc)2]
- phase angle between current and source voltage:
tan=(|VL|-|Vc|)/VR=(XL-Xc)/R

- Power consumed (by resistor only): P=I2rmsR=IrmsVR
P=VrmsIrmscos

- VR=ImaxR in phase with current I, out of phase by with Vtot
- VC=ImaxXC behind by 900 relative to I (and VR)
- VL=ImaxXL ahead of 900 relative to I (and VR)

VL

=t

t

vector sum

VL+VC

VC

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quiz (extra credit)

- The sum of maximum voltages over the resistor, capacitor and inductor in an LRC circuit cannot be higher than the maximum voltage delivered by the source since it violates Kirchhoff’s 2nd rule (sum of voltage gains equals the sum of voltage drops).
- a) true
- b) false

answer: false

The maximum voltages in each component are

not achieved at the same time!

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Resonances in an RLC circuit

- If we chance the (angular) frequency the reactances will change since:
- Reactance of capacitor: Xc= 1/C
- Reactance of inductor: XL= L

- Consequently, the impedance Z=[R2+(XL-Xc)2] changes
- Since I=Vtot/Z, the current through the circuit changes
- If XL=XC (I.e. 1/C= L or2=1/LC), Z is minimal, I is maximum)
- = (1/LC) is the resonance angular frequency
- At the resonance frequency =0 (see question on slide 23)

Z

I

0

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example

Using the same given parameters as the earlier problem,

what is the resonance frequency?

Given:

R=250 Ohm

L=0.6 H

C=3.5 F

f=60 Hz

V0=150 V

= (1/LC)=690 rad/s

f= /2=110 Hz

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question

- An LRC circuit has R=50 Ohm, L=0.5 H and C=5x10-3 F. An AC source with Vmax=50V is used. If the resistance is replaced with one that has R=100 Ohm and the Vmax of the source is increased to 100V, the resonance frequency will:
- a) increase
- b)decrease
- c) remain the same

answer c) the resonance frequency only depends

on L and C

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loncapa

- You should now try question 6, part 7 and question 5 of lon-capa set 7.

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transformers

transformers are used to convert

voltages to lower/higher levels

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transformers

primary circuit

with Np loops in

coil

secondary

circuit with Ns

loops in coil

Vp

Vs

iron core

If an AC current is applied to the primary circuit: Vp=-NpB/t

The magnetic flux is contained in the iron and the changing flux acts

in the secondary coil also: Vs=-NsB/t

Therefore: Vs=(Ns/Np)Vp if Ns<Np then Vs<Vp

A perfect transformer is a pure inductor (no resistance), so no power

loss: Pp=PS and VpIp=VsIs ; if Ns<Np then Vs<Vp and IS>Ip

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question

a transformer is used to bring down the high-voltage delivered

by a powerline (10 kV) to 120 V. If the primary coil has 10000

windings, a) how many are there in the secondary coil?

b) If the current in the powerline is 0.1 A, what is the maximum

current at 120 V?

- Vs=(Ns/Np)Vp or Ns=(Vs/Vp)Np = 120 windings
- VpIp=VsIs so Is=VpIp/Vs=8.33 A

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question

- Is it more economical to transmit power from the power station to homes at high voltage or low voltage?
- a) high voltage
- b) low voltage

answer: high voltage

If the voltage is high, the current is low

If the current is low, the voltage drop over the power

line (with resistance R) is low, and thus the power

dissipated in the line ([V]2/R=I2R) also low

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electromagnetic waves

- James Maxwell formalized the basic equations governing electricity and magnetism ~1870:
- Coulomb’s law
- Magnetic force
- Ampere’s Law (electric currents make magnetic fields)
- Faraday’s law (magnetic fields make electric currents)

- Since changing fields electric fields produce magnetic fields and vice versa, he concluded:
- electricity and magnetism are two aspects of the same phenomenon. They are unified under one set of laws: the laws of electromagnetism

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electromagnetic waves

Maxwell found that electric and magnetic waves travel

together through space with a velocity of 1/(00)

v=1/(00)=1/(4x10-7 x 8.85x10-12)=2.998x108 m/s

which is just the speed of light (c)

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electromagnetic waves can be used to broadcast…

- Consider the experiment performed by Herz (1888)

I

Herz made an RLC circuit with L=2.5 nH, C=1.0nF

The resonance frequency is = (1/LC)=6.32x108 rad/s

f= /2=100 MHz.

Recall that the wavelength of waves =v/f=c/f=3x108/100x106=3.0 m

wavelength: =v/f

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charges and currents vary sinusoidally in the primary and secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

He then constructed an antennadipole antenna

I

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++++++ secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

----------

----------

++++++

producing the electric field waveantenna

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++++++ secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

----------

I

I

I

----------

++++++

I

producing the magnetic field waveE and B are in phase

and E=cB with

c: speed of light

The power/m2=0.5EmaxBmax/0

The energy in the wave is

shared between the

E-field and the B-field

antenna

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question secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

Can a single wire connected to the + and – poles of a

DC battery act as a transmitter of electromagnetic waves?

- yes
- no

answer: no: there is no varying current and hence no

wave can be made.

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c=f secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

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lon-capa secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

- now try questions 2 and 7 from set 7.

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R secondary circuits. The charges in the two branches also oscillate at the same frequency f

L

I

V

The coil opposes the flow of current due to self-inductance, so the

current cannot immediately become the maximum I=V/R. It will

slowly rise to this value

quiz (extra credit)- At t=0, the switch is closed. Shortly after that:
- a) the current slowly increases from I=0 to I=V/R
- b) the current slowly decreases from I=V/R to I=0
- c) the current is a constant I=V/R

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