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1 Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. eries & arallel Impedance arameters and Equivalent Circuits Keywords: Impedance, capacitance, resistance

2 Title: roduct Family: eries & arallel Impedance arameters and Equivalent Circuits LC Meters Abstract What does the equivalent circuit have to do with the impedance measurement? Does it really matter if we choose a series or parallel representation of a real life passive component? To obtain the most accurate measurement, it does matter for components whose impedance is a very high value or a very low value. At any specific frequency impedance may be represented by either a series or a parallel combination of an ideal resistive element and an ideal reactive element, which is either capacitive or inductive (as illustrated in Figure ). uch a representation is called an equivalent circuit. The values of these elements or parameters depend on which representation is used, series or parallel, except when the impedance is purely resistive or purely reactive. In such cases only one element is necessary and the series or parallel values are the same. The relationships between the values of these parameters are given in Table where the subscript s indicates a series value and the subscript p indicates a parallel one. These formulas make use of two quantities: the dissipation factor, D, which is the ratio of the resistance of impedance to its reactance, and the quality factor, Q, which is the reciprocal of D. It should be emphasized that these series and parallel equivalent circuits both have the same value of complex impedance at a single frequency, but at any other frequency their impedances will be different. (Example in Figure 2) Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 2 of 4

3 -j +jx C + jls +jx Z jcp +jb Y -j L +jb G +G -jx Z -jx + -jb G +G -jb Y C L C or G L or G IMEDANCE ADMITTANCE Capacitive Inductive Capacitive Inductive Figure : Equivalent Circuits & hase elationships Complex Impedance and Admittance For DC, the resistance,, of a linear device is defined by Ohm's Law as the ratio of the voltage applied across the device to the resulting current through it. E I Ohm's Law () esistance,, can be specified by a single real number and the unit is the Ohm (). The conductance, G, of a device is the reciprocal of its resistance: G = /. The unit of conductance is the iemen (formerly mho, Ohm spelled backwards). Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 3 of 4

4 For AC, the ratio of voltage to current is a complex number because AC voltages and currents have phase as well as magnitude. This complex number is called impedance, Z, and is the sum of a real number,, and an imaginary one, jx, (where j = ). Thus, Z = + jx. The real part is the AC resistance and the imaginary part is the reactance. Both have units of Ohms (). eactance comes in two types, inductive and capacitive. The reactance of an inductive element is L, where L is its inductance and = 2f (where f = frequency). The reactance of a capacitive element is negative, -/C, where C is its capacitance. The negative sign occurs because the impedance of a pure capacitor is /jc and /j = -j. Because the impedance of two devices in series is the sum of their separate impedances, we can think of impedance as being the series combination of an ideal resistor and an ideal capacitor or inductor. This is the series equivalent circuit of impedance comprising an equivalent series resistance and an equivalent series capacitance or inductance (see Figure ). Using the subscript s for series, we have: Z = + jx = + jl or - j/c (2) For a complicated network having many components, it is obvious that the element values of the equivalent circuit will change as the frequency is changed. This is also true of the values of both the elements of the equivalent circuit of a single, actual component, although the changes may be very small. Admittance, Y, is the reciprocal of impedance, Y Z (3) It too is complex, having a real part, the AC conductance G, and an imaginary part, the susceptance B. Because the admittances of parallel elements are additive, Y can be represented by a parallel combination of an ideal conductance and a susceptance, where the latter is either an ideal capacitance or an ideal inductance (see Figure ). Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 4 of 4

5 More Complex Numbers Using the subscript p for parallel elements, we have: Y = G + jb = G + jc or G - j/l (4) Note that an inductance susceptance is negative and also note the similarity or duality of this last equation and Equation 2. It is important to recognize that, in general, Gp is not equal to /s and Bp is not equal to /Xs (or -/Xs) as one can see from the following calculation. Y Z jx 2 2 X X j 2 2 G jb X (5) Thus G = / only if X = 0, which is the case only if the impedance is a pure resistance, and B = -/X (note the minus sign) only if = 0, that is, the impedance is a pure capacitance or inductance. G, C and L are the equivalent parallel parameters. Because a pure resistance is the reciprocal of a pure conductance and has the same symbol, we can use instead of G for the resistor symbols in Figure, noting that = /G and is the equivalent parallel resistance. (By analogy, the reciprocal of the series resistance,, is series conductance, G, but this quantity is rarely used). Two other quantities, D and Q, are useful, not only to simplify the conversion formulas of Figure, but also by themselves, as measures of the "purity" of a component, that is, how close it is to being ideal or containing only resistance or reactance. D, the dissipation factor, is the ratio of the real part of impedance, or admittance, to the imaginary part, and Q, the quality factor, is the reciprocal of this ratio. D G B Q X (6) Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 5 of 4

6 A low D value, or high Q, means that a capacitor or inductor is quite pure, while a low Q, or high D, means that a resistor is nearly pure. (In Europe, instead of D they use the tangent of the angle delta, tan. ee Figure and Equation 4). ome conventions are necessary as to the signs of D or Q. For capacitors and inductors, D and Q are considered to be positive as long as the real part of Z or Y is positive, as it will be for passive components. (Note, however, that transfer impedance of passive networks can exhibit negative real parts). For resistors, a common convention is to consider Q to be positive if the component is inductive (having a positive reactance), and to be negative if it is capacitive (having a negative reactance). Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 6 of 4

7 Complex Equations: You Do The Math! Formulas for D and Q in terms of the series and parallel parameters are given in Table. D or Q are independent of the configuration of the equivalent circuit used to represent the impedance. Table : Impedance Equations arameter Quantity Unit ymbol Formula Z Impedance ohm, Z Magnitude of Z ohm, j Z jx Z Y 2 2 Z X Y s or E esistance, eal part of Z ohm, G G B = Q X s eactance, Imaginary part of Z ohm, X G B 2 2 B Y Admittance siemen, Y Magnitude of Y siemen, (was mho) Y G jb Z Y j 2 2 Y G B Z G eal part of Y siemen, G 2 2 X B usceptance siemen, C s eries capacitance farad, F C arallel capacitance farad, F L s eries inductance henry, H L arallel inductance henry, H B C C L L X 2 2 X 2 C ( D ) X B C D 2 2 X Q L p Q L ( ) B 2 Q 2 Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 7 of 4

8 arallel resistance ohm, 2 ( Q ) G Q Quality factor none Q D X G B tan D, DF or tan Dissipation factor none D Q X B G 0 tan(90 ) tan hase angle of Z degree or radian hase angle of Y degree or radian Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 8 of 4

9 Notes: f = frequency in Hertz, j =, = 2f and X are equivalent series quantities unless otherwise defined. G and B are equivalent parallel quantities unless otherwise defined. We sometimes use parallel ( p ) but rarely use parallel X, and very rarely series G or series B. C and L each have two values, series and parallel. If not defined usually we mean the series values, but not necessarily, especially for C (Cp is common, Lp is less used). We define Q as being positive if it is inductive, negative if it is capacitive, We define D as positive if capacitive. Thus D = -/Q. ome people (particularly in Europe) use tan instead of D, tan = D. olar Form: Magnitude and hase A complex number may be expressed in polar form as well as in the Cartesian form used so far. For impedance and admittance the relationships are j Z jx Ze and Y G j jb Y e (7) where Z and Y are the magnitudes and that (theta) and (phi) are the phase angles in radians. The magnitude of a complex number is the square root of the sum of the squares of the two parts so that Z s Xs and Y Gp Bp (8) Note that Z = / Y. This can be checked using the calculation of Equation 5. The phase angle of an impedance or an admittance is the angle whose tangent is the ratio of the imaginary part to the real part so that Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 9 of 4

10 = arctan (X/) = arctan Q, or tan = Q (9) and = arctan (G/B) = arctan Q, or tan =Q (0) The size of the phase angle of an admittance is the same as that of the corresponding impedance. Yet if we use the convention that a positive angle is one in the counterclockwise direction then the angle of an admittance is the negative of that of the corresponding impedance, as one can see from the equation: Y Y j Y e Y e j j Z Z e e j () Euler's formula, e jx cos x j sin x, (2) is useful when dealing with imaginary exponents and can be used to show that s Z cos,and that Xs Z sin (3) These phase relationships can be understood better using the diagrams of Figure which show both inductive and capacitive impedance phasors (or planar vectors) on both the Z and Y planes. Here the angle is measured from the positive real axis (+ or + G) and the angle (delta) is defined as the tangent = cotangent = s Xs Bp = Gp = D (4) Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 0 of 4

11 compliment of or so one can see that: Frequently Asked Questions. Which should be measured series or parallel parameters? It depends on the purpose of the measurement. For incoming inspection and production measurements on passive components usually the series values is specified in EIA and MIL standards. These standards also specify test frequencies and other test conditions and should be consulted. If one is trying to determine the DC value of a resistor using AC measurements it is best to make series measurements of low-valued resistors (say under k) and to make parallel measurements of highvalued ones. In most cases this almost completely avoids errors due to series inductance and parallel lumped capacitance. Also, a low frequency should be used. Note that sometimes an AC measurement can give the correct DC value better than a DC measurement because thermal voltage and drift errors are avoided and measurement sensitivity is apt to be higher. Other cases where parallel measurements are preferred are when measuring very low values of capacitance, when making measurements on dielectric and magnetic materials, and, of course, when trying to determine the separate values of two components in parallel. Very often the D of a capacitor is less than.0 so that it doesn't make any difference which is measured because the difference between the series and parallel values is less than.0%. Likewise, the Q of a resistor is usually less than.0 so that either resistance quantity can be measured. 2. Which equivalent circuit more closely models the behavior of a component? Generally a series equivalent circuit is a better model of a low-impedance circuit and a parallel equivalent circuit better models a high-impedance one. However, all physical components are, in effect, complicated networks containing resistance, capacitance and inductance. The best model should be the one whose parameter values change least as the frequency is changed in the range being used. Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age of 4

12 3. What is the E of a capacitor? E stands for equivalent series resistance, the same quantity that we call s in the above discussion. E is a measure of the loss in a capacitor and is related to D by: E = s = D/Cs (see Table ) One should note that E is not equal to the resistance that is actually in series with a capacitor, such as the resistance of the connections or in the foil or plate structure. It is a measure of the total loss in a capacitor which includes dielectric loss and loss in leakage resistance as well as loss in this actual series resistance. When the frequency is high or the capacitance is high, or both, the E often will approximate the actual series resistance because this resistance becomes the largest cause of loss under these conditions. However, E is always larger than this actual series resistance. More FAQ s 4. What is ower Factor? ower factor, F, is defined as the cosine of the angle : F cos Z D D 2 F is used to calculate the power in a circuit using: 2 2 ower I s I Z cos IEcos IE(F) Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 2 of 4

13 where I and E are rms (root-mean-square) values. 5. What is ercent D? D is sometimes expressed as a percent instead of as a decimal fraction and this has led to some confusion. As with any other number, to get percent one multiplies the number by 00 and adds the % sign. For example, a D of.0 is a D of %. There is a problem in using D in % when one tries to express measurement accuracy. For example, if the measured value of D is express as % and the tolerance is given as.%, what is the possible range of D values? Is it.0 +/-.00 (which is % +/-.%) or is it.0 +/ (which is % +/-.% of %)? A percent tolerance of a quantity in percent can be ambiguous. 6. What is the EL of a capacitor? EL, or equivalent series inductance, is a term that, unfortunately, is sometimes used to indicate the actual inductance in series with a capacitor (inductance in the leads, foils or plates). It would be preferable to simply refer to this as the inductance of a capacitor. To be precise, equivalent series inductance is Ls in the above discussion and is the reactance divided by (see Equation 2). The reactance of a capacitor below resonance is negative Ls. Above resonance Ls is positive. If a capacitor can be modeled as a pure inductance, L, in series with a pure capacitance, C, then: X Ls L 2 C At a high enough frequency Ls will be nearly equal to L. Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 3 of 4

14 Example Figure 2 illustrates the series and parallel equivalent circuits that have the identical impedance equal to 000 at the specific frequency equal to 0/2 khz (.595kHz). If the frequency changes then the value of ZDUT will change. eries arallel k 0.05uF 2k DUT 0.uF -j 0.uF +jx -jx k +jb + j 0.05uF Z -jb 2k Y +G Z DUT = 000 -j000 at.595khz 2 f f0/2 khz =.595kHz 2kHz khz Figure 2: Impedance of eries & arallel Circuits at a given Frequency ummary No matter how it is expressed, in polar or Cartesian coordinates, as an impedance or an admittance, two quantities are required to specify an impedance (or admittance) value completely at any given frequency: s and Xs, Gp and Bp, Z and or Y and. Therefore to make a circuit diagram that represents impedance at a given frequency one needs to use two circuit elements. These can be connected in two ways, series or parallel. The values of these circuit elements depend on which connection is used, and all these values change if the frequency is changed. Chroma ystems olutions, Inc. age 4 of 4

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