# Circuit Theory/RLC Circuits

## Series RLC CircuitEdit

### Second Order Differential EquationEdit

The characteristic equation is

Where

When

- The equation only has one real root .
- The solution for
- The I - t curve would look like

When

- The equation has two real root .
- The solution for
- The I - t curve would look like

When

- The equation has two complex root .
- The solution for
- The I - t curve would look like

### Damping FactorEdit

The damping factor is the amount by which the oscillations of a circuit gradually decrease over time. We define the damping ratio to be:

Circuit Type | Series RLC | Parallel RLC |
---|---|---|

Damping Factor | ||

Resonance Frequency |

Compare The Damping factor with The Resonance Frequency give rise to different types of circuits: **Overdamped**, **Underdamped**, and **Critically Damped**.

### BandwidthEdit

[Bandwidth]

For series RLC circuit:

For Parallel RLC circuit:

### Quality FactorEdit

[Quality Factor]

For Series RLC circuit:

For Parallel RLC circuit:

### StabilityEdit

Because inductors and capacitors act differently to different inputs, there is some potential for the circuit response to approach infinity when subjected to certain types and amplitudes of inputs. When the output of a circuit approaches infinity, the circuit is said to be **unstable**. Unstable circuits can actually be dangerous, as unstable elements overheat, and potentially rupture.

A circuit is considered to be stable when a "well-behaved" input produces a "well-behaved" output response. We use the term "Well-Behaved" differently for each application, but generally, we mean "Well-Behaved" to mean a finite and controllable quantity.

## ResonanceEdit

### With R = 0Edit

When R = 0 , the circuit reduces to a series LC circuit. When the circuit is in resonance, the circuit will vibrate at the resonant frequency.

*The circuit vibrates and may produce a standing wave, depending on the frequency of the driver, the wavelength of the oscillating wave and the geometry of the circuit.*

### With R ≠ 0Edit

When R ≠ 0 and the circuit operates in resonance .

- The frequency dependent components L , C cancel out ie Z
_{L}- Z_{C}= 0 so that the total impedance of the circuit is - The current of the circuit is
- The Operating Frequency is

If the current is halved by doubling the value of resistance then

- Circuit will be stable over the range of frequencies from

*The circuit has the capability to select bandwidth where the circuit is stable * . Therefore, it is best suited for Tuned Resonance Select Bandwidth Filter

Once using L or C to tune circuit into resonance at resonance frequency * The current is at its maximum value . Reduce current above circuit will respond to narrower bandwidth than . Reduce current below circuit will respond to wider bandwidth than .*

## ConclusionEdit

Circuit | General | Series RLC | Parallel RLC |
---|---|---|---|

Circuit | |||

Impedance | Z | ||

Roots | λ | λ = | λ = |

I(t) | Ae^{λ1t} + Be^{λ2t} |
Ae^{λ1t} + Be^{λ2t} |
Ae^{λ1t} + Be^{λ2t} |

Damping Factor | |||

Resonant Frequency | |||

Band Width | |||

Quality factor |