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Alternating Current

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# Physics

Inductance and AC Circuits

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AC inductor circuits
 Whereas

resistors simply oppose the flow of electrons through them (by dropping a voltage directly proportional to the current), inductors oppose changes in current through them, by dropping a voltage directly proportional to the rate of change of current.

 In

accordance with Lenz's Law, this induced voltage is Law always of such a polarity as to try to maintain current at its present value. That is, if current is increasing in magnitude, the induced voltage will “push against” the electron flow; if current is decreasing, the polarity will reverse and “push with” the electron flow to oppose the decrease. This opposition to current change is called reactance, rather than resistance.

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Expressed mathematically, the relationship between the voltage dropped across the Inductor and rate of current change through the inductor is as such:

di/dt is from calculus, meaning the rate of change of instantaneous current (i) over time, In amps per second. The inductance (L) is in Henrys, and the instantaneous voltage (e), of course, is in volts. Sometimes the rate of instantaneous voltage is expressed as “v” instead of “e” (v = L di/dt), but it means the exact same thing. To show what happens with alternating current, let's analyze a simple inductor circuit: (Figure below)
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jcs 4 .Pure inductive circuit: Inductor current lags inductor voltage by 90o.

If we were to plot the current and voltage for this very simple circuit. it would look something like the above figure.Pure inductive circuit. waveforms. jcs 5 .

Looking at the graph. on the current sine wave). This results in a voltage wave that is 90o out of phase with the current wave. Therefore. and the current “lags” behind the voltage.Remember. and the instantaneous voltage is at a peak wherever the instantaneous current is at maximum change (the points of steepest slope on the current wave. the voltage wave seems to have a “head start” on the current wave. the instantaneous voltage is zero whenever the instantaneous current is at a peak (zero change. where it crosses the zero line). or level slope. the voltage dropped across an inductor is a reaction against the change in current through it. (Figure below) jcs 6 . the voltage “leads” the current.

Current lags voltage by 90o in a pure inductive circuit. jcs 7 .

Things get even more interesting when we plot the power for this circuit: (Figure below) jcs 8 .

because the current and voltage waves are 90o out of phase. Whenever the instantaneous current and voltage are both positive (above the line). the power is also positive when the instantaneous current and voltage are both negative (below the line). there are times when one is positive while the other is negative. the power is positive. the power equals zero whenever the p=ie instantaneous current or voltage is zero. As with the resistor example. resulting in equally frequent occurrences of negative instantaneous power. However. jcs 9 .Because instantaneous power is the product of the instantaneous voltage and the instantaneous current (p=ie).

jcs 10 . the inductor releases just as much power back to the circuit as it absorbs over the span of a complete cycle. What this means in a practical sense is that the reactance of an inductor dissipates a net energy of zero. while a positive power means that it is absorbing power from the circuit. Since the positive and negative power cycles are equal in magnitude and duration over time. Mind you. which dissipates energy in the form of heat. which have no wire resistance. this is for perfect inductors only. quite unlike resistance of a resistor.Negative power means that the inductor is releasing power back to the circuit.

reactance associate with an inductor is usually symbolized by the capital letter X with a letter L as a subscript. jcs 11 . like this: XL. and it dissipates zero power.An inductor's opposition to change in current translates to an opposition to alternating current in general. Reactance to AC is expressed in ohms. it has a different name: reactance. which is by definition always changing in instantaneous magnitude and direction. but different in that it always results in a phase shift between current and voltage. To be specific. This opposition to alternating current is similar to resistance. just like reactance ohms resistance is. except that its mathematical symbol is X instead of R. Because of the differences.

and less voltage for slower-changing currents. they will drop more voltage for faster-changing currents. T he exact formula for determining reactance is as follows: jcs 12 .Since inductors drop voltage in proportion to the rate of current change. What this means is that reactance in ohms for any inductor is directly proportional to the frequency of the alternating current.

it will manifest the reactances in Table below.5398 157.7699 7. 120. Reactance of a 10 mH inductor: Frequency (Hertz) 60 120 2500 Reactance (Ohms) 3.0796 jcs 13 .If we expose a 10 mH inductor to frequencies of 60. and 2500 Hz.

just as there are 360o in a full circle. one cycle of AC => a full circle's rotation. A radian is a unit of angular measurement: there are 2π radians in one full circle.In the reactance equation. the term “2πf” is the number of radians per second that the alternating current is “rotating” at. jcs 14 .

known as second the angular velocity of the AC system. jcs 15 . which is every 2π radians. or 360o. If this constant of 2π is multiplied by frequency in Hertz (cycles per second). it will produce one cycle for every full turn of shaft rotation. the result will be radians per second.If the alternator producing the AC is a doublepole unit.

or by its own symbol. jcs 16 . This “angular velocity” is an expression of how rapidly the AC waveforms are cycling. a full cycle being equal to 2π radians. the lower-case Greek letter Omega: ω. Thus.Angular velocity may be represented by the expression 2πf. the reactance formula XL = 2πfL could also be written as XL = ωL.

jcs 17 . ω is sometimes expressed in units of electrical radians per second rather than (plain) radians per second. If the alternator has more than two poles.It is not necessarily representative of the actual shaft speed of the alternator producing the AC. For this reason. the angular velocity will be a multiple of the shaft speed. so as to distinguish it from mechanical motion.

As the frequency (or alternator shaft speed) is increased in an AC system. just as either alternating or direct current in a simple resistive circuit is equal to the voltage (in volts) divided by the resistance (in ohms). and vice versa. it is apparent that it is directly proportional to reactance in an inductor. an inductor will offer greater opposition to the passage of current. An example circuit is shown here: (Figure below) jcs 18 .Any way we express the angular velocity of the system. Alternating current in a simple inductive circuit is equal to the voltage (in volts) divided by the inductive reactance (in ohms).

Inductive reactance jcs 19 .

too: jcs 20 . As was shown earlier. we find that an inductor's opposition to current has a phase angle. we need to keep in mind that voltage and current are not in phase here.However. (Figure below). the voltage has a phase shift of +90o with respect to the current. If we represent these phase angles of voltage and current mathematically in the form of complex numbers.

Current lags voltage by 90o in an inductor. jcs 21 .

meaning that an inductor's opposition to current is a positive imaginary quantity. we say that the phase angle of an inductor's opposition to current is 90o.Mathematically. This phase angle of reactive opposition to current becomes critically important in circuit analysis. jcs 22 . especially for complex AC circuits where reactance and resistance interact. It will prove beneficial to represent any component's opposition to current in terms of complex numbers rather than scalar quantities of resistance and reactance.

It is symbolized by the lower-case Greek letter “omega.•REVIEW: •Inductive reactance is the opposition that an inductor offers to alternating current due to its phase-shifted storage and release of energy in its magnetic field.” or ω. in units of electrical radians per second instead of cycles per second. • Reactance is symbolized by the capital letter “X” and is measured in ohms just like resistance (R). jcs 23 . •Inductive reactance can be calculated using this formula: XL = 2πfL •The angular velocity of an AC circuit is another way of expressing its frequency.

In other words. jcs 24 .Inductive reactance increases with increasing frequency. the higher the frequency. the more it opposes the AC flow of electrons.

jcs 25 . so does the magnetic flux through the loop (which is due to the current in the loop). i.e. The opposing emf results in only a gradual increase of the current. is called selfinductance. that a changing current induces an emf in the same circuit. _ This effect. _ _ Lenz’s law => the induced emf in the loop is opposite to the direction of the current.As the current increases with time.

N(ΔΦ/Δt) The magnetic flux is proportional to the magnetic field._ Faraday’s law: E = . which is proportional to the current in the circuit. jcs 26 .

the phone contains a generator that provides electric power for over five minutes after the cord is pulled a few times.Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction specifies the emf created by a change in magnetic flux that occurs as time passes. The change in the flux and the time interval over which it occurs appear in the statement of the law. jcs 27 . Instead of a battery. The device in the photograph is a prototype of a ring-pull mobile telephone. Generators depend on Faraday’s law for their operations.

SI Unit of Induced Emf: volt (V). jcs 28 .Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetic Induction The average emf E induced in a coil of N loops is: E = . The term Δф/Δt is the average time rate of change of the flux that passes through one loop.N(ф – ф0) (t – t0) Where ф is the change in magnetic flux through one loop and Δt is the time interval during which the change occurs.

rotating the coil relative to the magnet. the voltage will be generated.Faraday's Law  Any change in the magnetic environment of a coil of wire will cause a voltage (emf) to be "induced" in the coil. moving a magnet toward or away from the coil. No matter how the change is produced. moving the coil into or out of the magnetic field. The change could be produced by ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ changing the magnetic field strength. jcs 29 . etc.

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Faraday's law is a fundamental relationship which succinctly summarizes the ways a voltage (or emf) may be generated by a changing magnetic environment. Interaction of charge with magnetic field… jcs 31 . The induced emf in a coil is equal to the negative of the rate of change of magnetic flux times the number of turns in the coil.

060 T to 0.5 x 10-3 m2. nbk] jcs 32 . the magnitude of the field at the coil has increased to B = 0.10 s. each of which has an area of 1. (a) Find the average emf induced in the coil during this time. so that Φ = Φ0 = 00. A magnetic field is perpendicular to the surface of each loop at all times.050 T. the magnitude of the field at the location of the coil is B0 = 0.10 s? [ex5/668p.060T. At t = 0.050 T in 0.Example 1 The Emf Induced by a Changing Magnetic Field A coil of wire consists of 20 turns. (b) What would be the value of the average induced emf if the magnitude of the magnetic field decreased from 0. At time t0 = 00 s.

020 m2 and consists of 50 turns.10 s (see drawing). The coil is then rotated through an angle of Φ = 300 in a time of 0. The magnetic field lines that pass through the coil are those in the regions shaded in blue. (b) What would be the induced emf if the coil were returned to its initial orientation in the same time of 0. jcs 33 .18 T.Example 2 The Emf Induced in a Rotating Coil A flat coil of wire has an area of 0. (a) Determine the average induced emf.10 s? [ex6/669p] Three orientations of a rectangular coil (edge view) relative to the magnetic field lines. the coil is oriented so the normal to its surface is parallel to (Φ0 = 00) to a constant magnetic field of 0. At t0 = 0 s.

Second. As the changing field crosses the pot’s bottom jcs 34 . the water in the ferromagnetic metal pot is boiling while that in the glass pot is not. How can such a “cool” stove boil water. An Induction Stove The drawing shows two pots of water that were placed on an induction stove at the same time.Conceptual Example. the stove itself is cool to the touch. Two interesting features: First. Just beneath the cooking surface is a metal coil that carries an ac current (frequency about 25 kHz). This current produces an alternating magnetic field that extends outward to the location of the metal pot. The key is that one pot is made from a ferromagnetic metal (a good conductor) and one from glass (an insulator). and why isn’t the water in the glass pot boiling? Solution. It operates by electromagnetic induction. The stove causes electricity to flow directly in the metal pot.

surface. jcs 35 . As the glass pot is an insulator. so very little induced current exists between it and the surface of the stove. and therefore heats up as energy is dissipated in the resistance. An induced current is then generated by the emf. The metal has a finite resistance to the induced current. an emf is induced in it.

(Image courtesy of Induction Cooking World) (Note: the process described at #2 above is called an "eddy current". heat generation stops.The element's electronics power a coil that produces a high-frequency electromagnetic field. or the element turned off.The field penetrates the metal of the ferrous (magnetic-material) cooking vessel and sets up a circulating electric current.) •The heat generated in the cooking vessel is transferred to the vessel's contents.Nothing outside the vessel is affected by the field--as soon as the vessel is removed from the element. (But see the note below. most of the heating is from "hysteresis". 10.How Induction Cooking Works: 2. which means the resistance of the ferrous material to rapid changes in magnetization--but the general idea is the same: the heat is generated in the cookware) jcs 36 . in fact. which generates heat. 4.

jcs 37 .Lenz's Law  The induced emf generated by a change in magnetic flux has a polarity that leads to an induced current whose direction is such that the induced magnetic field opposes the original flux change.

Example The Emf Produced by a Moving Magnet The drawing shows a permanent magnet approaching a loop of wire. Lenz’s law applies. which could be the resistance of the filament in a light bulb. viewed from the side nearest the magnet. To oppose the increase in the flux. which says the change in magnetic flux must be opposed by the induced magnetic field. since the magnitude of the magnetic field in the loop is increasing as the magnet nears. the induced current must be counterclockwise around the loop. this terminal must be point A in the drawing. The external circuit attached to the loop consists of the resistance R. say. To create this field. the direction of the induced magnetic field must be opposite to the field of the bar magnet (right to left). Find the direction of the induced current and the polarity of the induced emf. Since conventional current proceeds from the positive terminal. The magnetic flux through the loop is increasing. and point B must be the negative terminal. jcs 38 .

For each of the 5 positions. determine whether an induced current exists in the ring and.Example Emf Produced by a Moving Copper Ring The drawing shows a constant magnetic field in a rectangular region of space. A copper ring slides through the region. jcs 39 . No magnetic field outside this region. from position1 to position 5. if so. This field is directed perpendicularly into the page. find its direction.

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