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1 School of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 332:224 Principles of Electrical Engineering II Laboratory Experiment 4 The C series circuit 1 Introduction Objectives To study the behavior of the C Series Circuit under different conditions To use different methods for the determination of the C time constant from experimental results Overview The aim of this experiment is to study the C Series Circuit under different conditions by observing input and output waveforms and studying their interrelation. In particular the following are explored: (a) Natural response of an C Circuit: The capacitor is charged to a certain value and its decay is observed as a function of time. Such a decay is known as the natural response of the C Circuit as there are no forcing inputs applied to the circuit. (b) esponse of an C Circuit to a periodic square wave input: When the input to a circuit is a periodic signal (wave), the output voltage is a periodic wave as well but not necessarily of the same waveform as that at the input. The output voltage across the capacitance is studied for a square wave input. (c) Differentiation And Integration Properties: Under certain appropriate conditions, an C Circuit can function approximately as an integrating circuit or as a differentiating circuit. These properties are also observed. utgers University Authored by P. Sannuti Latest revision: December 16, 2005, 2004 by P. Panayotatos

2 PEEIII2/11 2 Theory 2.1 The Natural esponse of an C Circuit 1 Consider the C circuit of fig. 1 where the source voltage V s is a DC voltage source. Assuming that the switch has been closed for a long period of time, the circuit has reached a steady state condition. In steady state, the capacitor has been charged to V g = V s /( i ) Therefore, when the switch opens, at t = 0, the initial voltage on the capacitor is V g volts. With the capacitor so charged, it would be desirable to compute the natural response of the C Series Circuit shown in fig. 2. i t=0 V s C V g C i! Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Analysis of the circuit in fig. 2 yields the general solution v c (t) = v c (0) e t/c, t > 0 With initial condition: v c (0 ) = v c (0 ) = V g = V s /( i )!from which v c (t) = V g e t/!, (1) where! = C is the time constant. This means that the natural response of the C circuit is an exponential decay of the initial voltage. The rate of this decay is governed by the time constant C. The graphical plot of Eq. 1 is given in fig. 3 where the graphical interpretation of the time constant is also shown. 1 A more detailed description can be found in section 7.2 of the text.

3 PEEIII3/11 The time constant! = C can be measured in several ways. Assuming that and C are not known,! can be measured from the discharge data of the capacitor as will be seen in section 5 below. V g V(t) t/" V(t) = V g e! 0 " t Fig. 3 Exponential Decay Of An C Circuit 2.2 Square Wave esponse 2 Let the source voltage V s be a square wave of frequency f and amplitude A, applied to the C circuit as shown in fig. 4. Fig. 4 A square wave input applied across a series C Circuit A A C V(t) Since the input is a periodic wave, the output voltage across the capacitor is also a periodic wave, albeit not a square wave. In each period, the output voltage across the capacitor consists of two parts: During the half period when the input is a positive constant, the capacitor gets charged exponentially. Hence the output voltage v(t) during this half period is an exponentially increasing signal. At the end of this half period, v(t) has attained a certain positive peak value. 2 A detailed description of the step response can be found in section 7.3 of the text.

4 ! PEEIII4/11 During the half period when the input is a negative constant, the capacitor gets discharged exponentially. Hence the output voltage v(t) during this half period is an exponentially decreasing signal. By the end of this half period, v(t) has attained a certain negative peak value. The difference between the positive and negative peaks is called the peaktopeak voltage of the capacitor. It can be shown that V CPP = V PP (1e K )/(1e K ) (2) where V CPP is the peaktopeak voltage of the capacitor, V PP is the peaktopeak voltage of the input square wave, and K is a number such that K! is the input square wave halfperiod when! = C. 2.3 Differentiation and Integration Properties Consider the loop equation of the C series circuit, v (t) v C (t) = v(t), where v(t) is the source voltage v s which could be any time varying signal. If v C (t) is kept small with respect to v (t), then v c (t) = 1 C! i(t)dt = v(t) " v (t) = i(t), and 1 C! v (t)dt " 1 #! v(t)dt i.e. the capacitor voltage is very closely proportional to the integral of the source voltage. If v(t) is a periodic function, v C (t) can be kept small by making the period T «!. In this way v C never gets time to grow large. On the other hand, when the period T»!, v C tends to follow v(t) almost exactly. In such a case, v (t) = i(t) = C dv C (t) dt! " dv(t) dt i.e. the resistor voltage is very closely proportional to the derivative of the source voltage.

5 PEEIII5/11 3 Prelab Exercises 3.1 Following the discussion in section 7.2 of the textbook, write down the differential equation of the series C circuit in the absence of any forcing input. Then, explain or derive equation (1) in your own way. 3.2 For = 10MΩ and C = 15µF, determine the expected time constant! = C. 3.3 Equation (2) for V CPP is rather difficult to prove at this time. Take it as a challenge to derive it as you learn increasingly more on the topic of differential equations. 3.4 Explain in your own words why an C series circuit can act approximately as an integrator as well as a differentiator and under what conditions.

6 PEEIII6/11 4 Experiments Suggested Equipment: TEKTONIX FG 501A 2MHz Function Generator HP 54600A or Agilent 54622A Oscilloscope Protek Model B845 Digital Multimeter TEKTONIX DC504A CounterTimer TEKTONIX P503A Dual Power Supply 100Ω, 10KΩ, 100KΩ, esistors 0.001µF, 0.01µF, 1µF, 15µF Capacitors Breadboard One 3.5 diskette NOTE: The oscillator is designed to work for a very wide range of frequencies but may not be stable at very low frequencies, say in the order of 100 Hz or 200Hz. To start with it is a good idea to have the circuit working at some midrange frequency, say in the order of 1K Hz or 2K Hz, and then change the frequency slowly as needed. 4.1 Time Constant of an C Circuit Construct the C circuit shown in fig. 5.! t=0 Fig. 5 Natural esponse of an C Circuit V s V o C V Let the source voltage V s be a DC voltage of 10 V, C = 15µF, and V = 10MΩ is the internal resistance of the DVM. Neglect the internal resistance i of the source. Then, when the switch is closed, the capacitor charges quickly to the source voltage V s. At t = 0, the switch opens, and the voltage source gets disconnected from the C circuit. The capacitor will now discharge through the internal resistance of the DVM. Using a timer or a stopwatch, record the DVM readings for an interval of 5 minutes taking data in 15 second intervals. epeat the same procedure until you are assured that you have a representative set of data. Fill Table 1 with the data and use the set of data that, in your opinion, corresponds to the run that is mostly representative of the capacitor discharge.

7 PEEIII7/11 T (min) v(t) V v(t) V v(t) V v(t) V v(t) V f(t)=v(t)/v(0) ln(f(t)) Table 1 Capacitor Discharge Data

10 PEEIII10/11 5 eport 5.1 Determine the time constant! in the following two ways: (a). Plot f(t) data from table 1 on a graph paper with rectangular coordinates. The value of! is the time at which f(t) = f(0)e 1 = 0.368f(0) (b). f(t) = A e t/! u(t)! o => ln(f(t)) = (1/!)t ln(a) for t > 0 which is in the form: Y = A 1 t A 0 and ln(f(t)) vs t should plot as a straight line. o Plot ln(f(t)) vs t on a graph paper with rectangular coordinates and find the best straight line fit to the data. o The slope of the straight line must be (1/!), hence the value of! can be computed from the slope. 5.2 Determine the time constant by integration using the following method: (a) From the equation f(t) = Ae t/!, it is easy to show that the area under the complete f(t) curve is equal to A!. (b) The trapezoidal rule is used to find the area. For a set of observations f 1...f N spaced at a common interval #t, the area! in the interval t 1 < t i < t N is given approximately by: N #1 % f Area =! = "t 1 f N ( ' \$ f i & 2 * i=2 ) 5.3 Determine the time constant by differentiation using the following method: (a) At any point on the graph of f(t) vs t, the slope line (tangent) will always reach zero in a time t =!. Given it can be shown that (do not prove) f (t) = f (t o )e! t!t o "! = f (t o ) "t f (t o ) # f (t o "t) (b) Apply the above equation for! to each of the data points to the first 3 minutes and average the values of! to obtain the time constant. 5.4 From the value of V CPP measured in Section 4.2f, determine V PP /V CPP. Compare with the theoretical value obtained from Eq. 2.

11 PEEIII11/ Submit all images copied from the scope, using the appropriate scales and label with the appropriate descriptive labels. 5.6 From Section 4.3.1, determine the minimum!/t for good integration of a square wave. Determine the minimum V PP /V CPP. Compare with the theoretical value obtained from Eq From Section 4.3.2, Show that the integration of the triangular wave is a parabolic wave, i.e, show that the amplitude of the wave at 1/8 period is 3/4 of peak. 5.8 From Section 4.3.4, determine the minimum T/! for good differentiation of the triangular wave. Determine the minimum V PP /V PP. What does the output waveform look like? 5.9 Simulate in PSpice all parts of section 4.3. Use the frequencies obtained in the Lab. Plot the output waveforms. Compare with the experimental ones Design a first order C circuit that produces the following response: v c (t) = 10 5 e 3000t V for t Prepare a summary.

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