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As we saw in the previous chapter, impedance and admittance can be manipulated using the same rules as are used for DC circuits. In this chapter we will demonstrate these rules by calculating total or equivalent impedance for series, parallel and series-parallel AC circuits.

**Example 1**

Find the equivalent impedance of the following circuit:

R = 12 ohm, L = 10 mH, f = 159 Hz

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The elements are in series, so we realise that their complex impedances should be added:

**Z**_{eq} = **Z**_{R} + **Z**_{L }= R + **j** w L = 12 + **j***2*p*159*0.01 = (12 + **j** 9.99) ohm = 15.6 e^{j}^{39.8}^{°} ohm.

**Y**_{eq} = 1/**Z**_{eq} = 0.064 e^{– j 39.8}^{°} S = 0.0492 – **j** 0.0409 S

We can illustrate this result using impedance meters and the Phasor Diagram in

TINA v6. Since TINA’s impedance meter is an active device and we are going to use two of them, we must arrange the circuit so that the meters don’t influence each other.

We have created another circuit just for the measurement of the part impedances. In this circuit, the two meters do not “see” each other’s impedance.

The **Analysis/AC Analysis/Phasor diagram** command will draw the three phasors on one diagram. We used the **Auto Label** command to add the values and the **Line** command of the Diagram Editor to add the dashed auxiliary lines for the parallelogram rule. ** **

*The circuit for measuring the impedances of the parts*

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Phasor diagram showing the construction of Z

Phasor diagram showing the construction of Z

_{eq }with the parallelogram ruleAs the diagram shows, the total impedance, **Z**_{eq,} can be considered as a complex resultant vector derived using the *parallelogram rule* from the complex impedances** Z**_{R} and **Z**_{L .}

**Example 2**

Find the equivalent impedance and admittance of this parallel circuit:

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R =20 ohm, C = 5 mF, f = 20 kHz

The admittance:

The impedance using the **Z _{tot}= Z_{1} Z_{2} / (Z_{1} + Z_{2} )** formula for parallel impedances:

*Analysis menu Calculate nodal voltages*. When you click on the Impedance meter, TINA presents both the impedance and admittance and gives the results in algebraic and exponential forms.

Another way TINA can solve this problem is with its Interpreter:

om:=2*pi*20000; Z:=Replus(R,(1/j/om/C)) Z=[125.8545m-1.5815*j] Y:=1/R+j*om*C; Y=[50m+628.3185m*j] |

**Example 3 **

Find the equivalent impedance of this parallel circuit. It uses the same elements as in Example 1:

R = 12 ohm and L = 10 mH, at f = 159 Hz frequency.

For parallel circuits, it’s often easier to calculate the admittance first:

**Y**_{eq} = **Y**_{R} + **Y**_{L} = 1/R + 1/ (**j***2*p*****f*L) = 1/12 – **j** /10 = 0.0833 – **j** 0.1 = 0.13 e^{–j 50}^{°} S

**Z**_{eq} = 1 / **Y**_{eq}^{ }= 7.68 e^{ j 50}^{°} ohm.

Another way TINA can solve this problem is with its Interpreter:

f:=159; om:=2*pi*f; Zeq:=replus(R,j*om*L); Zeq=[4.9124+5.9006*j] |

**Example 4**

Find the impedance of a series circuit with R = 10 ohm, C = 4 mF, and L = 0.3 mH, at an angular frequency w = 50 krad/s (f = w / 2p = 7.957 kHz ).

**Z** = R + **j** w L – **j **/ wC = 10 + **j** 5*10^{4} * 3*10^{-4} – **j** / (5*10^{4 }*4 * 10^{-6} ) = 10 + **j** 15 – **j** 5

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**Z**= (10 +

**j**10) ohm = 14.14 e

^{j}^{ 45}

^{°}ohms.

*The circuit for measuring the impedances of the parts*

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*The phasor diagram as generated by TINA*

Starting with the phasor diagram above, let’s use the triangle or geometric construction rule to find the equivalent impedance. We start by moving the tail of **Z**_{R }to the tip of **Z**_{L. }Then we move the tail of **Z**_{C} to the tip of **Z**_{R.} Now the resultant **Z**_{eq }will exactly close the polygon starting from the tail of the first **Z**_{R }phasor and ending at the tip of **Z**_{C.}

*The phasor diagram showing the geometric construction of ***Z**_{eq}

{Solution by TINA’s Interpreter} |

Check your calculations using TINA’s* Analysis menu Calculate nodal voltages*. When you click on the Impedance meter, TINA presents both the impedance and admittance, and gives the results in algebraic and exponential forms.

Since the circuit’s impedance has a positive phase like an inductor, we can call it an *inductive circuit*–at least at this frequency!

**Example 5 **

Find a simpler series network that could replace the series circuit of example 4 (at the given frequency).

We noted in Example 4 that the network is *inductive*, so we can replace it by a 4 ohm resistor and a 10 ohm inductive reactance in series:

X_{L} = 10 = w*L = 50*10^{3 }L

® L = 0.2 mH

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Don’t forget that, since inductive reactance depends upon frequency, this equivalence is valid only for

*one*frequency.

**Example 6**

Find the impedance of three components connected in parallel: R = 4 ohm, C = 4 mF, and L = 0.3 mH, at an angular frequency w = 50 krad/s (f = w / 2p = 7.947 kHz).

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Noting that this is a parallel circuit, we solve first for the admittance:

1/**Z** = 1/R +1/ **j** w L + **j**wC = 0.25 –** **j/15 +**j**0.2 = 0.25 +**j** 0.1333

**Z** = 1/(0.25 + **j** 0.133) = (0.25 – **j** 0.133)/0.0802 = 3.11 – **j** 1.65 =3.5238 e^{–j 28.1}^{°} ohms.

{Solution by TINA’s Interpreter} |

The Interpreter calculates phase in radians. If you want phase in degrees, you can convert from radians to degrees by multiplying by 180 and dividing by p. In this last example, you see a simpler way—use the Interpreter’s built in function, radtodeg. There is an inverse function as well, degtorad. Note that this network’s impedance has a negative phase like a capacitor, so we say that—at this frequency—it is a *capacitive circuit.*

In Example 4 we placed three passive components in series, while in this example we placed the same three elements in parallel. Comparing the equivalent impedances calculated at the same frequency, reveals that they are totally different, even their inductive or capacitive character.

**Example 7 **

Find a simple series network that could replace the parallel circuit of example 6 (at the given frequency).

This network is capacitive because of the negative phase, so we try to replace it with a series connection of a resistor and a capacitor:

**Z**_{eq} = (3.11 – **j **1.66) ohm = R_{e} –**j **/ wC_{e}

R_{e} = 3.11 ohm w*C = 1/1.66 = 0.6024

hence

R_{e} = 3.11 ohm

C = 12.048 mF

You could, of course, replace the parallel circuit with a simpler parallel circuit in both examples

**Example 8**

Find the equivalent impedance of the following more complicated circuit at frequency f=50 Hz:

{Solution by TINA’s interpreter} |

We need a strategy before we begin. First we’ll reduce C and R2 to an equivalent impedance, Z_{RC}. Then, seeing that Z_{RC} is in parallel with the series-connected L3 and R3, we’ll compute the equivalent impedance of their parallel connection, Z_{2}. Finally, we calculate Z_{eq} as the sum of Z_{1} and Z_{2}.

Here’s the calculation of Z_{RC}:

Here’s the calculation of Z_{2}:

And finally:

**Z**_{eq} = **Z**_{1} + **Z**_{2} = (55.47 – **j** 34.45) ohm = 65.3 e^{–j31.8}^{°} ohm

according to TINA’s result.