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DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Volume 1 of 4

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Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook

ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Module 1 Basic Electrical Theory

Basic Electrical Theory

TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS

LIST OF FIGURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv LIST OF TABLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii OBJECTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii ATOM AND ITS FORCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Atom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electrostatic Force . . . . . . . . . The First Law of Electrostatics Electrostatic Field . . . . . . . . . Potential Difference . . . . . . . . Free Electrons . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3 3 5 6 8

ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Conductors . . . . . . . . Insulators . . . . . . . . . Resistors . . . . . . . . . . Voltage . . . . . . . . . . Current . . . . . . . . . . . Real and Ideal Sources Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 . 9 . 9 10 10 12 12

UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 System Internationale (SI) Voltage . . . . . . . . . . . . Current . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resistance . . . . . . . . . . Ohm’s Law . . . . . . . . . . Conductance . . . . . . . . . Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . Metric System ........... ........... ........... ........... ........... ........... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 13 14 14 14 16 16

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Capacitance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Materials . Thermoelectricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Static Electricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Induction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thermionic Emission Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Flux Density . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hysteresis . . . . . . . . 18 METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) . . . . . . . . . . Reluctance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Polarity of a Single Conductor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Electrochemistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 39 40 41 42 43 44 ES-01 Page ii Rev. . . . . . Photoelectric Effect . . . . . . . . . . .) Inductance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Faraday’s Law of Induced Voltage Lenz’s Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Field Intensity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Field and Polarity of a Coil Magnetomotive Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electromagnetism . . . .TABLE OF CONTENTS Basic Electrical Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Summary . . . . Magnetic Flux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Induction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Magnetism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 20 21 21 22 23 24 26 MAGNETISM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 29 29 30 31 31 32 33 34 35 36 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BH Magnetization Curve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Magnetic Circuits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Piezoelectric Effect . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 APPENDIX A Metric System and Powers of Ten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Basic Electrical Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Summary . . . . . . . . . . A-1 Rev. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .) ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS . . . . . . . . . 0 Page iii ES-01 . . . .

1. Current c. Real source DESCRIBE the following electrical parameters. ENABLING OBJECTIVES 1.4 ES-01 Page viii Rev. Capacitance Given any two of the three component values of Ohm’s Law. Conventional current flow f. Direct current (DC) g.0 Given a simple electrical circuit.1 DESCRIBE the following terms: a.OBJECTIVES Basic Electrical Theory TERMINAL OBJECTIVE 1. a. Electron current flow e. Electromotive force (EMF) e. Conductor b. including the unit of measurement and the relationship to other parameters. DETERMINE the unknown component value. Insulator c. Conductance e.2 1. Inductance g. Electrostatic force b. Potential difference d. Ideal source i. Voltage b. 0 . Electrostatic field c. Resistor d. Ion charge DEFINE the following terms: a. Alternating current (AC) h. APPLY basic electrical theory fundamental principles to describe circuit operation. Resistance d. Power f.3 1.

Permeability e. DESCRIBE the shape and components of a BH magnetization curve. Thermionic emission DEFINE the following terms: a. Electrochemistry b.8 1. Static electricity c.Basic Electrical Theory OBJECTIVES ENABLING OBJECTIVES (Cont.10 1. Piezoelectric effect e. Paramagnetic materials c. Ampere turns g. 1. Magnetic Induction d. Magnetomotive force (mmf) f. b. DESCRIBE how varying parameters affect induced voltage. including relationships of qualities and units of measurements.13 Rev. Reluctance DESCRIBE the following materials as they relate to permeability. Given Faraday’s Law of induced voltage: a.6 1. Thermoelectricity f. including an example and an approximate relative permeability. CALCULATE the unknown values.5 DESCRIBE how the following methods produce a voltage: a. Photoelectric effect g.9 1. Diamagnetic materials EXPLAIN the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit. CALCULATE voltage induced in a conductor moving through a magnetic field. Magnetic flux b.11 1. a. STATE Lenz’s Law of induction. Given the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit. 0 Page ix ES-01 . Weber d. EXPLAIN the cause of hysteresis losses. Ferromagnetic materials b.12 1. Magnetic flux density c.7 1.) 1. Field intensity h.

Resistor Capacitor Inductor Relay Contacts Breaker Switch Transistor Rheostat Diode Ground connections Vacuum tube m. k. w.) 1. d.14 Given a standard electrical symbol. e. b. t. IDENTIFY the component that the symbol represents. c. Fuse Junction AC voltage source Voltmeter Ammeter Wattmeter Relay operated contacts Potential transformer Current transformer Wye (Y) connection Delta (∆) connection Light bulb Battery ES-01 Page x Rev. g. f. s. The symbols will be for the following components: a. i.OBJECTIVES Basic Electrical Theory ENABLING OBJECTIVES (Cont. l. h. r. n. p. v. 0 . y. j. x. u. q. o.

The nucleus is composed of two kinds of subatomic particles. Electrostatic field c. 0 Page 1 ES-01 . or center. The electron is the fundamental negative charge (-) of electricity and revolves around the nucleus. The proton carries a single unit positive charge equal in magnitude to the electron charge. of the atom in concentric orbits. or shells. protons and neutrons. The atom is the smallest particle to which an element can be reduced while still keeping the properties of that element. Ion charge The Atom Elements are the basic building blocks of all matter. Rev. These two particles exist in various combinations. as shown in Figure 1. EO 1. To understand how they exist.1 DESCRIBE the following terms: a. you must first understand the structure of the atom.Basic Electrical Theory ATOM AND ITS FORCES ATOM AND ITS FORCES What is electricity? Electricity is defined as "the flow of electrons through simple materials and devices" or "that force which moves electrons. depending upon the element involved. The neutron is slighty heavier than the Figure 1 The Atom proton and is electrically neutral. These particles are too small to be seen. Electrostatic force b. Electromotive force (EMF) e. but exist as subatomic particles in the atom. An atom consists of a positively charged nucleus surrounded by negatively charged electrons." Scientists think electricity is produced by very tiny particles called electrons and protons. as the name implies. Potential difference d. so that the atom as a whole is electrically neutral.

This attraction is called electrostatic force. In its natural state. as shown in Figure 2. The negative charge (-) of each electron is equal in magnitude to the positive charge (+) of each proton. 0 . the atomic number for carbon is six. This force may be illustrated with lines as shown in Figure 3. For example. the force that holds the electron in orbit. or in balance. Figure 3 Electrostatic Force ES-01 Page 2 Rev. therefore. therefore. Electrostatic Force Figure 2 The Carbon Atom One of the mysteries of the atom is that the electron and the nucleus attract each other.ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory The proton is the fundamental positive charge (+) of electricity and is located in the nucleus. the carbon atom contains six protons in its nucleus. The number of protons in the nucleus of any atom specifies the atomic number of that atom or of that element. the two opposite charges cancel. an atom of any element contains an equal number of electrons and protons. and the atom is said to be electrically neutral.

Basic Electrical Theory ATOM AND ITS FORCES Without this electrostatic force. These objects. and like charges repel each other. This electrostatic field. could not stay in its orbit. One object will contain an excess of electrons and become negatively charged. Electrostatic Field A special force is acting between the charged objects discussed above. Thus. but opposite to. and the other will become deficient in electrons and become positively charged. When this occurs. and the force it creates. unlike charges (like electrons and protons) attract each other. 0 Page 3 ES-01 . Forces of this type are the result of an electrostatic field that exists around each charged particle or object. Bodies that attract each other in this way are called charged bodies. the greater its negative electric charge. As mentioned previously. The electrons that can move around within an object are said to be free electrons and will be discussed in more detail in a later section. The First Law of Electrostatics The negative charge of the electron is equal. Some atoms can lose electrons and others can gain electrons. the electric charge can be used as a measure of electrons. and the nucleus (due to the proton) has a positive charge. can be illustrated with lines called "lines of force" as shown in Figure 4. These charges are referred to as electrostatic charges. Figure 4 Electrostatic Field Rev. This law should be remembered because it is one of the vital concepts in electricity. it is possible to transfer electrons from one object to another. the equal distribution of negative and positive charges no longer exists. the positive charge of the proton. The greater the number of these free electrons an object contains. These facts are known as the First Law of Electrostatics and are sometimes referred to as the law of electrical charges. In nature. will then follow the same law of electrostatics as the electron and proton example shown above. the electron has a negative charge. which is traveling at high speed. which can contain billions of atoms. the electron. thus.

the lines of force repel each other. the electrostatic field is concentrated in the area between them. as shown in Figure 5. as shown in Figure 6. The direction of the small arrows shows the direction of the force as it would act upon an electron if it were released into the electric field. 0 . Figure 5 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Opposite Polarity When two objects of like charge are brought near one another. This force is present with every charged object. When two objects of opposite charge are brought near one another. Figure 6 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Like Polarity ES-01 Page 4 Rev.ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Charged objects repel or attract each other because of the way these fields act together.

Potential Difference Potential difference is the term used to describe how large the electrostatic force is between two charged objects. The electron. Rev. F where F K q1 q2 d = = = = = force of electrostatic attraction or prepulsion (Newtons) constant of proportionality (Coulomb 2/N-m2) charge of first particle (Coulombs) charge of second particle (Coulombs) distance between two particles (Meters) K q1 d 2 q2 (1-1) If q1 and q2 are both either positively or negatively charged. is directly proportional to the product of the two charges and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them as shown in Equation 1-1. If an electron is placed between a negatively-charged body and a positively-charged body. If a charged body is placed between two objects with a potential difference. and (2) the distance between the objects. the Figure 7 Potential Difference Between Two Charged Objects charged body will try to move in one direction.Basic Electrical Theory ATOM AND ITS FORCES The strength of the attraction or of the repulsion force depends upon two factors: (1) the amount of charge on each object. as shown in Figure 7. being negatively charged. the action due to the potential difference is to push the electron toward the positively-charged object. or repulsion. the weaker the electrostatic field between them. If q1 and q2 are opposite polarity or charge. and vice versa. the force is repulsive. 0 Page 5 ES-01 . which states that the force of electrostatic attraction. will be repelled from the negatively-charged object and attracted by the positively-charged object. This leads us to the law of electrostatic attraction. depending upon the polarity of the object. The greater the distance between the objects. commonly referred to as Coulomb’s Law of electrostatic charges. the greater the electrostatic field. The greater the charge on the objects. the force is attractive.

therefore. there is a potential difference between them. O. potential difference is also called "voltage. 0 . Each shell has a maximum number of electrons it can hold. Free Electrons Electrons are in rapid motion around the nucleus. or shells.ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Due to the force of its electrostatic field. The energy level of an electron is proportional to its distance from the nucleus. the K shell will hold a maximum of two electrons and the L shell will hold a maximum of eight electrons. The basic unit of measure of potential difference is the "volt." The unit volt will be covered in greater detail in the next chapter. As shown in Figure 8. The shells are lettered beginning with the shell nearest the nucleus: K. Because the volt unit is used. For example." indicating the ability to do the work of forcing electrons to move. these electrical charges have the ability to do work by moving another charged particle by attraction and/or repulsion. the electron is in motion and trying to pull away. The nucleus is the center of all the shells. Figure 8 Energy Shells and Electron Quota ES-01 Page 6 Rev. These shells nest inside one another and surround the nucleus. each shell has a specific number of electrons that it will hold for a particular atom. Higher energy level electrons exist in orbits. P. that are farther away from the nucleus. and Q. The electrons in an atom exist in different energy levels. keeping the electron in orbit. The sum of the potential differences of all charged particles in the electrostatic field is referred to as electromotive force (EMF). N. M." The symbol for potential difference is "V. This ability to do work is called "potential". if one charge is different from another. These two effects balance. L. While the electrostatic force is trying to pull the nucleus and the electron together.

This also means that atoms with one or two electrons in their outer shell can lose electrons much more easily than atoms with full outer shells.Basic Electrical Theory ATOM AND ITS FORCES There are two simple rules concerning electron shells that make it possible to predict the electron distribution of any element: 1. is applied to certain materials. the electrons gain energy. 2. It is the movement of free electrons that provides electric current in a metal conductor. it becomes positively charged and is referred to as a positive ion. become excited. These electrons are called free electrons. the atom becomes very stable. An important point to remember is that when the outer shell of an atom contains eight electrons. The maximum number of electrons that can fit in the outermost shell of any atom is eight. it becomes negatively charged and is referred to as a negative ion. or very resistant to changes in its structure. light. such as heat. 0 Page 7 ES-01 . Rev. The maximum number of electrons that can fit in the next-to-outermost shell of any atom is 18. and may move to a higher energy level. If enough energy is applied to the atom. some of the valence electrons will leave the atom. If the atom loses one or more electrons. If an atom gains one or more electrons. When external energy. The electrons in the outermost shell are called valence electrons. An atom that has lost or gained one or more electrons is said to be ionized or to have an ion change. or electrical energy.

0 . Electromotive Force (EMF) .ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below.force acting between charged objects that causes them to repel or attract Potential Difference .measures how large the electrostatic force is between two charged objects. charged bodies attract or repel each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their charges and is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.negative ion charge. Forces Around Atoms Summary Electrostatic Force . According to Coulomb’s Law.sum of the potential differences of all charged particles in an electrostatic field Ion Charge .force that holds an electron in orbit around a nucleus Electrostatic Field . if an atom loses an electron positive ion charge) ES-01 Page 8 Rev.dependent on the loss or gain of free electrons (if an atom gains an electron .

Alternating current (AC) h. Conventional current flow f. which means they are more than half filled. Atoms with only one valence electron. Resistors Resistors are made of materials that conduct electricity. but less than seven or eight. Any energy applied to such an atom will be distributed among a relatively large number of electrons. Real source Conductors Conductors are materials with electrons that are loosely bound to their atoms. and lead. The atoms of good insulators have their valence shells filled with eight electrons. Insulators Insulators. silver. germanium. 0 Page 9 ES-01 . Ideal source i. Conductor b. such as copper. are materials with electrons that are tightly bound to their atoms and require large amounts of energy to free them from the influence of the nucleus. tin. silicon. and dry wood. Direct current (DC) g. Resistor d. but offer opposition to current flow. Each has four valence electrons. Electron current flow e.Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Knowledge of key electrical terminology is necessary to fully understand principles in electrical science. EO 1. are examples of good conductors.2 DEFINE the following terms: a. plastics. and gold. or nonconductors. Most metals are good conductors. These types of materials are also called semiconductors because they are neither good conductors nor good insulators. Insulator c. or materials that permit free motion of a large number of electrons. Semiconductors have more than one or two electrons in their valence shells. Rev. glass. Examples of semiconductors are carbon. Examples of insulators are rubber.

The symbol for current is (I).280. A volt is also defined as that amount of force required to force one ampere of current through one ohm of resistance. When a potential difference is applied. potential difference is called voltage. causing the electrons to move easily from one atom to the next.ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Basic Electrical Theory Voltage The basic unit of measure for potential difference is the volt (symbol V). The strength of the potential difference applied at each end of the wire determines how many electrons change from a random motion to a more directional path through the wire. all of the negatively-charged free electrons will feel a force pushing them from the negative charge to the positive charge. billion) electrons. Because such a large number of electrons move. The latter is the definition with which we will be most concerned in this module. Free electrons can drift from one orbit to another in a random direction. the electrons must be moved by a potential difference. One ampere of current is defined as the movement of one coulomb of charge past any given point of a conductor during one second of time.28 x 1018 (billion. If a copper wire is placed between two charged objects that have a potential difference. because the volt unit is used. A volt is defined as a difference of potential causing one coulomb of current to do one joule of work. An object’s electrical charge is determined by the number of electrons that the object has gained or lost. The basic measurement for current is the ampere (A). Current The density of the atoms in copper wire is such that the valence orbits of the individual atoms overlap. To produce current.000. a unit called the "coulomb" is used to indicate the charge. For example.000. One coulomb is equal to 6. ES-01 Page 10 Rev.000. 0 . the direction of their movement is controlled. and. This force opposite to the conventional direction of the electrostatic lines of force is shown in Figure 9. it has gained 6.000. if an object gains one coulomb of negative charge.000 extra electrons. The movement or flow of these electrons is called electron current flow or just current.

The flow of electrons in one direction causes a flow of positive charges.Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Figure 9 Electron Flow Through a Copper Wire with a Potential Difference The direction of electron flow. or from a higher potential to a lower potential. As electrons vacate their atoms during electron current flow. All of the electrical effects of electron flow from negative to positive. positively charged atoms (holes) result. The direction of the positive charges is in the opposite direction of the electron flow. In this text. 0 Page 11 ES-01 . and back to the positive (+) side of the battery. we will be using electron flow in our discussions. through the wire. are the same as those that would be created by a flow of positive charges in the opposite direction. This flow of positive charges is known as conventional current and is shown in Figure 10 as a dashed arrow. it is important to realize that both conventions are in use and that they are essentially equivalent. that is. is from the negative (-) side of the battery. The direction of electron flow is from a point of negative potential to a point of positive potential. Therefore. Figure 10 Potential Difference Across a Conductor Causes a Current to Flow Rev. shown in Figure 10. all effects predicted are the same. The solid arrow shown in Figure 10 indicates the direction of electron flow.

An alternating current periodically reverses direction.current flow from negative to positive potentials Conventional Current Flow . Terminology Summary Conductor . Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. requires large amounts of energy to free electrons from its nuclei Resistor . An example of DC current is that current obtained from a battery. We will be studying DC and AC current in more detail later in this text. A real source is a real life current or voltage supply that has some losses associated with it. Real and Ideal Sources An ideal source is a theoretical concept of an electric current or voltage supply (such as a battery) that has no losses and is a perfect voltage or current supply.theoretical current or voltage supply with no losses Real Source .ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Basic Electrical Theory Generally. 0 .current flow from positive to negative potentials Direct Current .current flow continuously in the same direction Alternating Current . but opposes current flow Electron Current Flow .material with electrons loosely bound to its atoms or that permits free motion of large number of electrons Insulator .actual current or voltage supply with losses ES-01 Page 12 Rev.material with electrons tightly bound to its atoms. An example of AC current is common household current. electric current flow can be classified as one of two general types: Direct Current (DC) or Alternating Current (AC). A direct current flows continuously in the same direction. Ideal sources are used for analytical purposes only since they cannot occur in nature.current flow periodically reverses direction Ideal Source .material that conducts electricity.

electrical measuring units can be derived. or potential difference. a. the voltage is often represented with a capital V. DETERMINE the unknown component value. is described as the pressure or force that causes electrons to move in a conductor. Current c. Units of electrical measurement include the following: Ampere Volt Ohm Siemens Watt Henry Farad Appendix A provides more information concerning the metric system. EO 1. 0 Page 13 ES-01 .3 DESCRIBE the following electrical parameters. In electrical formulas and equations. Resistance d. metric prefixes. also known as the SI System. EO 1. Power f. Inductance g. and powers of 10 that are used in electrical measuring units.Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Using Ohm’s Law and the System Internationale (SI) Metric System. Voltage b. electromotive force (emf). Capacitance Given any two of the three component values of Ohm’s Law. Conductance e. Rev.4 System Internationale (SI) Metric System Electrical units of measurement are based on the International (metric) System. Voltage Voltage. you will see voltage symbolized with a capital E. including the unit of measurement and the relationship to other parameters. while on laboratory equipment or schematic diagrams.

The amount of current flow depends upon the resistance of the conductor. Equation (1-3) is a mathematical representation of this concept. current flows. George Simon Ohm discovered that there was a definite relationship between voltage. The amount of opposition to current flow produced by a material depends upon the amount of available free electrons it contains and the types of obstacles the electrons encounter as they attempt to move through the material. it is common to use a capital A to indicate amps or amperage (amps). Ohm’s Law defines this relationship and can be stated in three ways. and resistance in an electrical circuit.UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Basic Electrical Theory Current Electron current. the higher the current flow for a given amount of voltage. 1. we are ready to discuss a third key concept called resistance. The higher the resistance. E=IxR 2. Resistance is measured in ohms and is represented by the symbol (R) in equations. One ohm is defined as that amount of resistance that will limit the current in a conductor to one ampere when the potential difference (voltage) applied to the conductor is one volt. Equation (1-2) is a mathematical respresentation of this concept. or amperage. current. Resistance Now that we have discussed the concepts of voltage and current. In electrical formulas. current is symbolized with a capital I. the lower the current flow. or E = IR (1-2) Current is equal to the applied voltage divided by the circuit resistance. while in the laboratory or on schematic diagrams. The shorthand notation for ohm is the Greek letter capital omega (Ω). is described as the movement of free electrons through a conductor. Ohm’s Law In 1827. The lower the resistance. Resistance is defined as the opposition to current flow. Applied voltage equals circuit current times the circuit resistance. I E R (1-3) ES-01 Page 14 Rev. 0 . If a voltage is applied to a conductor.

0 Page 15 ES-01 . use Ohm’s Law to solve for resistance. use Ohm’s Law to solve for current.083 A I Rev.Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT 3. E = 12 V. Example 1: Solution: Since applied voltage and circuit current are known. find the circuit resistance. R Example 2: Solution: Given E = 260 V and R = 240 Ω. R (or Ω) E I (1-4) where I = current (A) E = voltage (V) R = resistance (Ω) If any two of the component values are known. R E I 12 V 2 A 6 Ω Given that I = 2 A. the third can be calculated. I E R 260 V 240 Ω 1. Equation (1-4) is a mathematical representation of this concept. Resistance of a circuit is equal to the applied voltage divided by the circuit current. what current will flow through a circuit? Since applied voltage and resistance are known.

0 . or the rate at which heat is generated. you will find power abbreviated with the capital letter P. As described above. For example. it will have low resistance." which is ohm spelled backwards." The opposite. if a wire has a high conductance. Equation (1-4).5 A)(100 Ω) = 50 V Conductance The word "reciprocal" is sometimes used to mean "the opposite of. such as turning a motor or generating heat. and vice-versa. The unit used to specify conductance is called "mho. what will its conductance (G) be in mhos? Power Electricity is generally used to do some sort of work. conductance can be defined as the ability to conduct current. Solution: Since circuit resistance and circuit current are known. G Example: Solution: G (or ) 1 R 1 5 0.UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Basic Electrical Theory Example 3: Find the applied voltage. Power is also described as the current (I) in a circuit times the voltage (E) across the circuit. are abbreviated with the capital letter W. and watts. Equation (1-5) is the mathematical representation of conductance obtained by relating the definition of conductance (1/R) to Ohm’s Law. resistance is the opposition to current flow.2 1 RESISTANCE I E (1-5) If a resistor (R) has five ohms. the units of measure for power.5 amps. use Ohm’s Law to solve for applied voltage. power is the rate at which work is done. The unit commonly used to specify electric power is the watt. The symbol for "mho" is the Greek letter omega inverted ( ). The symbol for conductance when used in a formula is G. Since resistance and conductance are opposites. Conductance is found by taking the reciprocal of the resistance. E = IR E = (0. of resistance is called conductance. In equations. when given circuit resistance of 100 Ω and circuit current of 0. Specifically. P=IxE or P = IE (1-6) ES-01 Page 16 Rev. or reciprocal. Equation (1-6) is a mathematical representation of this concept.

One henry is the amount of inductance (L) that permits one volt to be induced (VL) when the current through the coil changes at a rate of one ampere per second. The symbol used to indicate inductance in electrical formulas and equations is a capital L. induce a voltage in itself. Equation (1-7) is the mathematical representation of this concept. is equal to the amount of charge (Q) that can be stored in a device or capacitor divided by the voltage (E) applied across the device or capacitor plates when the charge was stored. Capacitance Capacitance is defined as the ability to store an electric charge and is symbolized by the capital letter C. Q C (1-10) E Rev. and oppose changes in current flowing through it.Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Using Ohm’s Law for the value of voltage (E). VL ∆I L ∆t (1-9) Inductance will be studied in further detail later in this text. ∆I ∆t (1-8) Equation (1-9) is the mathematical representation for the voltage VL induced in a coil with inductance L. The unit henry is abbreviated by using the capital letter H. Capacitance (C). Equation (1-8) is the mathematical representation of the rate of change in current through a coil per unit time. P = I2R (1-7) Inductance Inductance is defined as the ability of a coil to store energy. E=IxR and using substitution laws. Equation (1-10) is the mathematical representation for capacitance. 0 Page 17 ES-01 . measured in farads. The units of measurement are called henries. P = I x ( I x R) power can be described as the current (I) in a circuit squared times the resistance (R) of the circuit. The negative sign indicates that voltage induced opposes the change in current through the coil per unit time (∆I/∆t).

Electrical Units Summary Parameter Voltage Current Resistance Conductance Power Inductance Capacitance Measuring Unit volt (V or E) amp (I) ohm (R or Ω) mho (G or watt (W) henry (L or H) farad (C) ) Relationship E=IxR I R G E R E I I I R E P = I x E or P = I2R VL C ∆I L ∆t Q (Q E charge) ES-01 Page 18 Rev.UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Basic Electrical Theory Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. 0 .

0 Page 19 ES-01 . One example of this principle is the voltaic chemical cell. The metals are in contact with an electrolyte solution.Basic Electrical Theory METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) This section provides information on the following methods of producing electricity: Electrochemistry Static (friction) Induction (magnetism) Piezoelectric (pressure) Thermal (heat) Light Thermionic emission EO 1. shown in Figure 11. Magnetic induction d. This process works on the electrochemistry principle. Connecting together more than one of these cells will produce a battery. Thermoelectricity f. Rev. Thermionic emission Electrochemistry Chemicals can be combined with certain metals to cause a chemical reaction that will transfer electrons to produce electrical energy. Electrochemistry b. Piezoelectric effect e. Static electricity c. A chemical reaction produces and maintains opposite charges on two dissimilar metals that serve as the positive and negative terminals.5 DESCRIBE how the following methods produce a voltage: a. Photoelectric effect g.

or have a "zero charge." A body of matter consisting of these atoms will neither attract nor repel other matter that is in its vicinity. If this body of matter (e. as happens due to friction when one rubs a glass rod with a silk cloth. Figure 12 Static Electricity ES-01 Page 20 Rev. Batteries.g. it will become electrically positive as shown in Figure 12..METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Basic Electrical Theory Figure 11 Voltaic Chemical Cell Example: A battery can maintain a potential difference between its positive and negative terminals by chemical action. glass rod) comes near. If electrons are removed from the atoms in this body of matter. 0 . another body having a normal charge. but not in contact with. The existence of this force is referred to as static electricity or electrostatic force. an electric force is exerted between them because of their unequal charges. Static Electricity Atoms with the proper number of electrons in orbit around them are in a neutral state. Various types of cells and batteries will be studied in more detail in Module 4.

0 Page 21 ES-01 ." Figure 13 Generator . electrons can be driven out of orbit in the direction of the force. when you touched the zero-charged door knob. Some materials will react to bending pressure. If the pressure is held constant. This generation of voltage is known as the piezoelectric effect. If external wires are connected while pressure and voltage are present. the electrons return to their orbits. Rev. Electrons leave one side of the material and accumulate on the other side." and "Magnetic Circuits. as shown in Figure 14. building up positive and negative charges on opposite sides. Magnetic induction will be studied in more detail in the next two chapters "Magnetism. electrons will flow and current will be produced. the current will flow until the potential difference is equalized. This is one of the most useful and widelyemployed applications of producing vast quantities of electric power.Basic Electrical Theory METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Example: Have you ever walked across a carpet and received a shock when you touched a metal door knob? Your shoe soles built up a charge by rubbing on the carpet.Electromagnetic Induction Piezoelectric Effect By applying pressure to certain crystals (such as quartz or Rochelle salts) or certain ceramics (like barium titanate). and this charge was transferred to your body. When the pressure is released. Magnetic Induction A generator is a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by using the principle of magnetic induction. while others will respond to twisting pressure. Magnetic induction is used to produce a voltage by rotating coils of wire through a stationary magnetic field. Your body became positively charged and. as shown in Figure 13. electrons were transferred to your body until both you and the door knob had equal charges. or by rotating a magnetic field through stationary coils of wire.

applying compression and decompression to the crystal. The zinc gets a surplus of electrons and becomes negatively charged. When heat is removed and the junction cools. and the voltage potential becomes greater. 0 . Electrons will leave the copper atoms and enter the zinc atoms. these materials are very useful because of their extreme sensitivity to changes of mechanical force. This mechanical motion applied to the crystal generates a voltage signal that is used to reproduce sound. more electrons are released. a transfer of electrons can take place." ES-01 Page 22 Rev. As the needle moves in the grooves of a record. it swings from side to side. A device like this is generally referred to as a "thermocouple. However. This creates a voltage potential across the junction of the two metals. Figure 14 Pressure Applied to Certain Crystals Produces an Electric Charge Example: One example is the crystal phonograph cartridge that contains a Rochelle salt crystal. For example. when two dissimilar metals like copper and zinc are joined together. This process is called thermoelectricity. As more heat energy is applied to the junction. The heat energy of normal room temperature is enough to make them release and gain electrons. the charges will dissipate and the voltage potential will decrease. The power capacity of these materials is extremely small. The copper loses electrons and takes on a positive charge. A phonograph needle is attached to the crystal. as shown in Figure 15. Thermoelectricity Some materials readily give up their electrons and others readily accept electrons. causing a measurable voltage potential.METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Basic Electrical Theory When the force is removed. the material is decompressed and immediately causes an electric force in the opposite direction.

0 Page 23 ES-01 . as shown in Figure 16. but are somewhat greater than those of crystals. This energy transfer may dislodge electrons from their orbits around the surface of the substance. a thermocouple can be subjected to higher temperatures than ordinary mercury or alcohol thermometers. Thermocouples are widely used to measure temperature and as heat-sensing devices in automatic temperature controlled equipment.Basic Electrical Theory METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) The thermoelectric voltage in a thermocouple is dependent upon the heat energy applied to the junction of the two dissimilar metals. Photoelectric Effect Light is a form of energy and is considered by many scientists to consist of small particles of energy called photons. Rev. the photosensitive (light sensitive) material becomes positively charged and an electric force is created. Upon losing electrons. Generally speaking. When the photons in a light beam strike the surface of a material. Figure 15 Heat Energy Causes Copper to Give up Electrons to Zinc Thermocouple power capacities are very small compared to some other sources. they release their energy and transfer it to the atomic electrons of the material.

or plate. Three uses of the photoelectric effect are described below. When an electron starts to move away from the surface. it induces a corresponding positive charge in the material. Photovoltaic: The light energy in one of two plates that are joined together causes one plate to release electrons to the other. almost none of the electrons can acquire enough energy to escape. electrons in the cathode are prevented from escaping from the surface by a potential-energy barrier. The plates build up opposite charges. Thermionic Emission A thermionic energy converter is a device consisting of two electrodes placed near one another in a vacuum. At ordinary temperatures. At sufficiently high temperatures.METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Basic Electrical Theory Figure 16 Producing Electricity from Light Using a Photovoltaic Cell This phenomenon is called the photoelectric effect and has wide applications in electronics. the electron must somehow acquire enough energy to overcome this energy barrier. One electrode is normally called the cathode. when the cathode is very hot. or emitter. Photoconduction: The light energy applied to some materials that are normally poor conductors causes free electrons to be produced in the materials so that they become better conductors. the electron energies are greatly increased by thermal motion. ES-01 Page 24 Rev. and television camera tubes. and the other is called the anode. such as photoelectric cells. The liberation of electrons from a hot surface is called thermionic emission. To escape. a considerable number of electrons are able to escape. Ordinarily. 0 . optical couplers. Photoemission: The photon energy from a beam of light could cause a surface to release electrons in a vacuum tube. However. which tends to pull it back into the surface. photovoltaic cells. like a battery (Figure 16). A plate would then collect the electrons.

If the plate is maintained positive with respect to the cathode by a battery. there will be a steady current flow from the cathode to the plate. or anode. The simplest example of a thermionic device is a vacuum tube diode in which the only electrodes are the cathode and plate. as shown in Figure 17.Basic Electrical Theory METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) The electrons that have escaped from the hot cathode form a cloud of negative charges near it called a space charge. As long as the potential difference between the electrodes is maintained. 0 Page 25 ES-01 . the electrons in the cloud are attracted to it. Figure 17 Vacuum Tube Diode Rev. The diode can be used to convert alternating current (AC) flow to a pulsating direct current (DC) flow.

and comes in contact with another object having a normal charge.Freeing electrons from a hot surface causes electrons to escape. Thermionic emission .Dislodging of electrons from their orbits by light beams creates positively-charged objects.When an object with a normally neutral charge loses electrons.Rotating coils of wire through a stationary magnetic field or by rotating a magnetic field through a stationary coil of wire produces a potential. Photoelectric effect . Piezoelectric effect . Static electricity . Magnetic induction . an electric charge is exerted between the two objects. the electrons return to their original orbit.Combining chemicals with certain metals causes a chemical reaction that transfers electrons. due to friction.Bending or twisting certain materials will cause electrons to drive out of orbit in the direction of the force.Heating two joined dissimilar materials will cause a transfer of electrons between the materials setting up a current flow. ES-01 Page 26 Rev. When the force is released. Methods of Producing Electricity Summary Electrochemistry .METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Basic Electrical Theory Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Thermoelectricity . 0 .

6 DEFINE the following terms: a. Paramagnetic materials c. Magnetic flux density c. Figure 18 Electron Spinning Around Nucleus Produces Magnetic Field Rev. Some magnets are found naturally while others must be manufactured. Field intensity h. Ferromagnetic materials b. and the materials which have this property are called magnets. Diamagnetic materials EO 1. Weber d. 0 Page 27 ES-01 . EO 1. including an example and an approximate relative permeablity. This property is called magnetism. a. Ampere turns g.7 Magnetism Magnetism is a result of electrons spinning on their own axis around the nucleus (Figure 18).Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM MAGNETISM Certain metals and metallic oxides have the ability to attract other metals. Permeability e. Magnetic flux b. Reluctance DESCRIBE the following materials as they relate to permeability. Magnetomotive force (mmf) f.

Figure 19 Magnetic Domains The alignment of these domains results in the formation of magnetic poles at each end of the magnet. These domains are aligned such that their electrons tend to spin in the same direction (Figure 19). These poles are called the north pole and the south pole. The law of magnetism states that like magnetic poles repel and unlike magnetic poles attract one another (Figure 20).MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory In magnetic materials. Figure 20 The Law of Magnetic Attraction and Repulsion ES-01 Page 28 Rev. the atoms have certain areas called domains. 0 .

Equation (1-11) is the mathematical representation of magnetic flux density. B where B Φ A = = = magnetic flux density in teslas (T) magnetic flux in webers (Wb) area in square meters (m2) Φ A (1-11) Wb The result is that the SI unit for flux density is webers per square meter 2 . 0 Page 29 ES-01 . The SI unit of magnetic flux is the weber (Wb). One weber per m square meter equals one tesla. perpendicular to the direction of flux. find the number of webers. Rev.000 lines. One weber is equal to 1 x 108 magnetic field lines. The symbol for magnetic flux is Φ (phi). Example: If a magnetic flux (Φ) has 5. Φ 5000 lines 1 x 108 lines/Wb 5 x 103 108 50 x 10 6 Wb 50 µWb Magnetic Flux Density Magnetic flux density is the amount of magnetic flux per unit area of a section.Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Magnetic Flux The group of magnetic field lines emitted outward from the north pole of a magnet is called magnetic flux.

These materials have a relative permeability of less than one.0004 m2 = 4 x 10-4 m2 B Φ A 8 x 10 4 Wb 4 x 10 4 m 2 2 Wb/m 2 Magnetic Materials Magnetic materials are those materials that can be either attracted or repelled by a magnet and can be magnetized themselves. copper. manganese. The symbol for relative permeability is µR (mu). A permanent magnet is made of a very hard magnetic material. zinc. such as cobalt steel. These materials have a relative permeability of slightly more than one. Because even weak magnetic materials may serve a useful purpose in some applications.004 m2. µR = µo µo where µo = 4π10-7H/m (1-12) Magnetic materials are classified as either magnetic or nonmagnetic based on the highly magnetic properties of iron. and silver. Ferrites are made of ceramic material and have relative permeabilities that range from 50 to 200. Diamagnetic Materials: These are materials such as bismuth. and the commercial alloys. Given: Φ = 800 µWb = 8 x 10-4 Wb A = 0. Ferrites are nonmagnetic. Those materials that can be easily magnetized are considered to have a high permeability. steel. gold. but have the ferromagnetic properties of iron. and chromium. A temporary magnet is a material that will not retain its magnetism when the field is removed. alnico and peralloy. platinum. when the flux is 800 µWb and the area is 0. Paramagnetic Materials: These are materials such as aluminum. that retains its magnetism for long periods of time when the magnetizing field is removed. cobalt.MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Example: Find the flux density in teslas. ES-01 Page 30 Rev. Ferromagnetic Materials: Some of the ferromagnetic materials used are iron. 0 . Relative permeability is the ratio of the permeability of a material to the permeability of a vacuum (µo). classification includes the three groups described below. antimony. The most commonly used magnetic materials are iron and steel. Permeability (µ) refers to the ability of a material to concentrate magnetic lines of flux. They are commonly used in the coils for RF (radio frequency) transformers. nickel. mercury.

as illustrated in Figure 22. 0 Page 31 ES-01 . the conductor produced a magnetic field around that conductor (Figure 21).Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Electromagnetism The relationship between magnetism and electrical current was discovered by a Danish scientist named Oersted in 1819. The student should verify that the lefthand rule holds true for the examples shown in Figure 21. Figure 22 Left-hand Rule for Current Carrying Conductors Rev. Figure 21 The Magnetic Field Produced by Current in a Conductor Polarity of a Single Conductor A convenient way to determine the relationship between the current flow through a conductor and the direction of the magnetic lines of force around the conductor is the left-hand rule for current carrying conductors. He found that if an electric current was caused to flow through a conductor.

Figure 23 Left-hand Rule for Coils Adding an iron core inside of a coil will increase the flux density. To determine the polarity of a coil. When a conductor is shaped into several loops. Current flow is from the negative side of the voltage source. through the coil. and back to the positive side of the source (Figure 24). use the left-hand rule for coils (Figure 23). ES-01 Page 32 Rev. 0 . The polarity of the iron core will be the same as that of the coil.MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Magnetic Field and Polarity of a Coil Bending a straight conductor into a loop has two results: (1) magnetic field lines become more dense inside the loop. it is considered to be a coil. and (2) all lines inside the loop are aiding in the same direction.

Fm = ampere-turns = NI where Fm N I = = = magnetomotive force (mmf) number of turns current (1-13) Rev. the stronger the magnetic field.Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Figure 24 Left-hand Rule to Find North Pole of an Electromagnet Magnetomotive Force Magnetomotive force (mmf) is the strength of a magnetic field in a coil of wire. also known as mmf. Equation (1-13) is the mathematical representation for ampere-turns (At). This is dependent on how much current flows in the turns of coil: the more current. 0 Page 33 ES-01 . the more turns of wire. the more concentrated the lines of force. The current times the number of turns of the coil is expressed in units called "ampere-turns" (At).

I = 6A. H where H NI L FM Example 1: Solution: N = 80. with 6A of current. 20 cm coil. and NI = 480 At H ES-01 FM L NI L (1-14) = = = = field intensity. find the new value of field intensity. N = 1000 turns and I = 5 mA substitute N = 1000 turns and I = 5 x 10-3 NI = 1000 (5 x 10-3) = 5 At Field Intensity When a coil with a certain number of ampere-turns is stretched to twice its length. 480 At 0.MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Example: Calculate the ampere-turns for a coil with 1000 turns and a 5 mA current. At m ampere-turns (At) length between poles of coil (m) Magnetomotive force (mmf) Find field intensity of an 80 turn. Therefore. 0 . and NI = 480 At H Example 2: Solution: N = 80. Equation (1-14) is the mathematical representation for field intensity. I = 6A. or the concentration of its magnetic lines of force.2 m 2400 At m If the same coil in Example 1 were to be stretched to 40 cm with wire length and current remaining the same. 480 At 0. will be half as great. field intensity depends on the length of the coil.4 m 1200 At m Page 34 Rev. which is related to magnetomotive force as shown. the magnetic field intensity.

Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Example 3: Solution: The 20 cm coil used in Example 1 with the same current is now wound around an iron core 40 cm in length. and NI = 480 At H 480 At 0. I = 6A. mmf. therefore. therefore.4 m 1200 At m Note that field intensity for Examples 2 and 3 is the same. Air has a low permeability and. by the relationship shown in equation (1-15). Φ. Iron cores have high permeability and. Figure 25 Different Physical Forms of Electromagnets Reluctance Opposition to the production of flux in a material is called reluctance. R mmf Φ (1-15) Reluctance is inversely proportional to permeability (µ). 0 Page 35 ES-01 . Rev. and it has the units of ampere-turns per weber (At/wb). Find the field intensity. N = 80. Reluctance is related to magnetomotive force. and flux. a high reluctance. which corresponds to resistance. low reluctance. The symbol for reluctance is R.

The larger air gap only provides space for the magnetic lines to spread out. gold. perpendicular to the direction of the flux Weber . platinum. manganese. Air gap is the air space between two poles of a magnet. cobalt.aluminum. steel.identifies the magnetic flux density per unit length of a coil Reluctance . and chromium with relative permeability of slightly more than one Diamagnetic materials . copper. Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. the size of the air gap affects the value of reluctance: the shorter the air gap.iron.measure of magnetic flux Permeability .current flowing through a coil times the number of turns in the coil Field intensity . different types of materials have different values of reluctance (Figure 25). zinc. and silver with relative permeability of less than one Magnetomotive force (mmf) .group of magnetic field lines that are emitted outward from the north pole of a magnet Magnetic flux density . mercury.opposition to the production of flux in a material ES-01 Page 36 Rev. Air is nonmagnetic and will not concentrate magnetic lines. 0 . Since air has a very high reluctance.MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Generally. Magnetism Summary Magnetic flux .amount of magnetic flux per unit area of a section. nickel. antimony.strength of a magnetic field in a coil of wire dependent on current flowing through coil Ampere turns .bismuth.ability of a material to concentrate magnetic lines of flux Ferromagnetic materials . and commercial alloys with relative permeability ranging from 50-200 Paramagnetic materials . the stronger the field in the gap.

STATE Lenz’s Law of induction.8 EO 1. EO 1. a basic understanding of the physical qualities of magnetic circuits will be necessary. including relationships of qualities and units of measurements.10 EO 1.Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS MAGNETIC CIRCUITS What is a magnetic circuit? To better understand magnetic circuits.13 Magnetic Circuits A magnetic circuit can be compared with an electric current in which EMF. Given Faraday’s Law of induced voltage: a. produces a current flow.12 EXPLAIN the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit. R F mmf Φ= m (1-16) R R where Φ Fm R = = = magnetic flux. b. Equation (1-16) is the mathematical representation of magnetomotive force E derived using Ohm’s Law.11 EO 1. Given the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit.9 EO 1. 0 Page 37 ES-01 . CALCULATE voltage induced in a conductor moving through a magnetic field. will produce a magnetic flux Φ (Figure 26). DESCRIBE the shape and components of a BH magnetization curve. At Wb Rev. EO 1. CALCULATE the unknown values. DESCRIBE how varying parameters affect induced voltage. and the flux (Φ) can be compared to current. EXPLAIN the cause of hysteresis losses. Wb magnetomotive force (mmf). I . or voltage. The ampere-turns (NI). At reluctance. The mmf can be compared with EMF. or the magnetomotive force (Fm or mmf).

m permeability of magnetic material. 0 . m2 (T m) At ES-01 Page 38 Rev. R where R L µ A = = = = reluctance.MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory Figure 26 Magnetic Current with Closed Iron Path Equation (1-17) is the mathematical representation for reluctance. cross-sectional area of coil. At Wb L µA (1-17) length of coil.

Soft iron 2 needs a much larger increase in flux intensity H before it reaches its saturation level at H = 5000 At/m. before the core saturates. which is nonmagnetic. Figure 27 Typical BH Curve for Two Types of Soft Iron Rev. an increase in flux intensity H has little or no effect on flux density B.Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Example: A coil has an mmf of 600 At. Find the total flux Φ. The curve for soft iron 1 shows that flux density B increases rapidly with an increase in flux intensity H. has a very low BH profile. or develops a "knee.3 T. and a reluctance of 3 x 106 At/Wb. Solution: Φ Φ mmf R 600At 3 x 106 At/Wb 200 x 10 6 Wb 200µWb BH Magnetization Curve The BH Magnetization Curve (Figure 27) shows how much flux density (B) results from increasing the flux intensity (H). as shown in Figure 27. Air. 0 Page 39 ES-01 . B = 0. The curves in Figure 27 are for two types of soft iron cores plotted for typical values." Thereafter.

hysteresis can cause considerable loss of energy.MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory The permeability (µ) of a magnetic material is the ratio of B to H. is first established. the value of relative permeability µr must be multiplied by µo.2 (T m) = = 1 x 10-4 H 2000 At B H 0. µ B H (1-18) The average value of permeability is measured where the saturation point.26 x 10-6 or T-m/At.3 (T m ) = 6 x 10-5 5000 At µ soft iron 2 = In SI units.26 x 10-6) = 126 x 10-6 (T m) At Hysteresis When current in a coil reverses direction thousands of times per second. µ = µr x µo = 100 (1. Hysteresis is defined as "a lagging behind. or knee. Equation (1-18) is the mathematical representation for magnetic material permeability. ES-01 Page 40 Rev. Equation (1-18) is the mathematical representation for permeability. µ = µr x µo Example: (1-18) Find the permeability of a material that has a relative permeability of 100. µ soft iron 1 = B 0. In order to calculate permeability. Figure 27 shows that the normal or average permeability for the two irons as follows." The magnetic flux in an iron core lags behind the magnetizing force. 0 . the permeability of a vacuum is µo = 4 π x 10-7 H/m or 1.

The greater the area inside the hysteresis loop. or EMF. The loop does not return to zero because of hysteresis. is induced into the conductor. With a positive swing of current. As the -H values decrease (less negative). Figure 28 Hysteresis Loop for Magnetic Materials The value of +Br or -Br. H now becomes negative. Opposite polarities are also shown for flux density as +B or -B. producing saturation at +Bmax. Rev. the larger the hysteresis losses.Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS The hysteresis loop is a series of curves that shows the characteristics of a magnetic material (Figure 28). which can be moved between the poles of the magnet. but B drops to the value of Br due to hysteresis. Consider a magnet with its lines of force from the North Pole to the South Pole (Figure 29). Opposite directions of current will result in opposite directions of flux intensity shown as +H and -H. is called the coercive force of the material. or +Bmax. Current starts at the center (zero) when unmagnetized. is called the retentivity of that magnetic material. a voltage. H once again becomes positive. Then H decreases to zero. is connected to a galvanometer G. or if magnetic lines of force cut across a conductor. which can detect the presence of voltage. Positive H values increase B to the saturation point. 0 Page 41 ES-01 . A conductor C. The hysteresis loop is completed. or EMF. The value of -Hc. B is reduced to -Br when H is zero. which is the flux density remaining after the magnetizing force is zero. By reversing the original current. which is the force that must be applied in the reverse direction to reduce flux density to zero. as shown by the dashed line. When the conductor is not moving. Faraday found that if a conductor "cuts across" lines of magnetic force. B drops to zero and continues on to -Bmax. Magnetic Induction Electromagnetic induction was discovered by Michael Faraday in 1831. zero EMF is indicated by the galvanometer.

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If the conductor is moving outside the magnetic field at position 1, zero EMF is still indicated by the galvanometer. When the conductor is moved to position 2, the lines of magnetic force will be cut by the conductor, and the galvanometer will deflect to point A. Moving the conductor to position 3 will cause the galvanometer to return to zero. By reversing the direction in which the conductor is moved (3 to 1), the same results are noticed, but of opposite polarity. If we hold the conductor stationary in the magnetic lines of force, at position 2, the galvanometer indicates zero. This fact shows that there must be relative motion between the conductor and the magnetic lines of force in order to induce an EMF.

Figure 29

Induced EMF

The most important application of relative motion is seen in electric generators. In a DC generator, electromagnets are arranged in a cylindrical housing. Conductors, in the form of coils, are rotated on a core such that the coils continually cut the magnetic lines of force. The result is a voltage induced in each of the conductors. These conductors are connected in series, and the induced voltages are added together to produce the generator’s output voltage.

**Faraday’s Law of Induced Voltage
**

The magnitude of the induced voltage depends on two factors: (1) the number of turns of a coil, and (2) how fast the conductor cuts across the magnetic lines of force, or flux. Equation (1-20) is the mathematical representation for Faraday’s Law of Induced Voltage. Vind where Vind = induced voltage, V = ∆Φ N ∆t (1-20)

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N ∆Φ ∆t Example 1:

= number of turns in a coil = rate at which the flux cuts across the conductor, Wb s

Given: Flux = 4 Wb. The flux increases uniformly to 8 Wb in a period of 2 seconds. Find induced voltage in a coil that has 12 turns, if the coil is stationary in the magnetic field.

Solution: Vind = ∆Φ N ∆t

∆Φ = 8Wb - 4Wb = 4Wb ∆t = 2s then ∆Φ ∆t 4Wb 2s 2Wb s

Vind = -12 (2) = -24 volts Example 2: Solution: Vind 0 12 2 0 Volts In Example 1, what is the induced voltage, if the flux remains 4 Wb after 2 s?

No voltage is induced in Example 2. This confirms the principle that relative motion must exist between the conductor and the flux in order to induce a voltage.

Lenz’s Law

Lenz’s Law determines the polarity of the induced voltage. Induced voltage has a polarity that will oppose the change causing the induction. When current flows due to the induced voltage, a magnetic field is set up around that conductor so that the conductor’s magnetic field reacts with the external magnetic field. This produces the induced voltage to oppose the change in the external magnetic field. The negative sign in equation (1-20) is an indication that the emf is in such a direction as to produce a current whose flux, if added to the original flux, would reduce the magnitude of the emf.

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The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below.

**Magnetic Circuits Summary
**

Simple magnetic circuit magnetic flux (Φ) is proportional to the magnetomotive force (Fm) and indirectly proportional to the reluctance (R) in a circuit. Φ (Wb) Fm (At) At R Wb

A BH magnetization curve shows how much magnetic flux density (B) results from increasing magnetic flux intensity. The "knee" identifies the point where increasing flux intensity (H) results in a minimal increase in flux density (B). Hysteresis losses are caused by reversing current direction thousands of times in a coil. Faraday’s Law of Induced Voltage depends on the number of turns of a coil and how fast the conductor cuts across the magnetic lines of force or flux. Vind N ∆Φ ∆t

Lenz’s Law states that an induced voltage will have a polarity that will oppose the magnetic field that caused the induced voltage.

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IDENTIFY the component that the symbol represents. b. The symbols will be for the following components: a. o. k.Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS To read and interpret electrical system diagrams and schematics. e. i. y. g. l. j. s. EO 1. n. h. c. Rev. t. q. p. f. Resistor Capacitor Inductor Relay Contacts Breaker Switch Transistor Rheostat Diode Ground connections Vacuum tube m. 0 Page 45 ES-01 . d. w. v. Once these symbols are mastered.14 Given a standard electrical symbol. most electrical diagrams and schematics will be understood with relative ease. r. x. one must be thoroughly familiar with the many symbols used. Fuse Junction AC voltage source Voltmeter Ammeter Wattmeter Relay operated contacts Potential transformer Current transformer Wye (Y) connection Delta (∆) connection Light bulb Battery Symbols The symbols for the various electrical components that will appear on electrical diagrams and schematics are shown in Figure 30. u.

0 .ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS Basic Electrical Theory Figure 30 Electrical Symbols ES-01 Page 46 Rev.

0 Page 47 ES-01 .Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS Summary The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. most electrical diagrams and schematics will be understood with relative ease. one must be thoroughly familiar with the many symbols used. Once these symbols are mastered. Electrical Symbols Summary To read and interpret electrical system diagrams and schematics. Rev.

Appendix A Metric System and Powers of Ten BASIC ELECTRICAL THEORY .

Two supplementary units of SI are shown on Table A-2. 0 Page A-1 ES-01 . commonly called SI (system internationale).Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN APPENDIX A METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Metric System Units of the international metric system. The seven basic units are shown on Table A-1. TABLE A-1 BASE UNITS of the INTERNATIONAL METRIC SYSTEM Quantity Length Mass Time Electric current Thermodynamic temperature Light intensity Amount of substance Base Unit meter kilogram second ampere Kelvin Candela mole Symbol m Kg s A K cd mol Rev. are used in electricity.

which is derived from the base units of second and coulomb. These units are shown on Table A-3. 0 . The derivation of these units is beyond the scope of this text.METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory TABLE A-2 SUPPLEMENTARY SI UNITS Quantity Plane angle Socid angle Unit radian steradian Symbol rad Sr These base and supplemental units are used to derive other units. Some of these are derived from the base units. or a combination of both. For example. units commonly used in the study and use of electricity and their relationship to other units of measure are discussed in Chapter 3. Most of the units of measure used in electricity are derived units. ES-01 Page A-2 Rev. the unit of current is the ampere. Units of Electrical Measurement. However. and some are derived from other derived units.

add metric prefixes (Table A-4) to the basic unit. we may have a very small value such as 0.000005 farads (symbol F). For example. or 5 µF. Rev. sometimes the values are too large or too small to express conveniently. or its designated symbol K.000 KΩ. In the case of capacitance or current.000 ohms (Ω). or adding the prefix micro (symbol µ) and expressing the capacitance as 5 micro farads.000. if we have a resistor that is 1.002 amperes (symbol A) or 0. or the metric prefix mega (symbol M) and express the value as 1 MΩ. These values can be expressed by adding the prefix milli (symbol m) and expressing the current as 2 milli amperes or 2 mA. 0 Page A-3 ES-01 .Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN TABLE A-3 DERIVED SI UNITS Quantity Derived Unit joule newton watt coulomb volt ohm mho farad henry hertz weber tesla F H Hz Wb T Symbol Energy Force Power Electric charge Electric potential Electric resistance Electric conductance Electric capacitance Electric inductance Frequency Magnetic flux Magnetic flux density J N W C V Ω Metric Prefixes When working with basic electrical measurement units. and express the value as 1. we can add the prefix kilo. For convenience.

TABLE A-4 METRIC PREFIXES USED in ELECTRICITY Prefix (letter symbol) mega (M) kilo (k) milli (m) micro (µ) nano (n) pico (p) million thousand thousandth millionth thousand-millionth million-millionth Value 1. This is a convenient way to express values and keep the units in the basic unit notation.000.000 0.METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory To use the prefixes listed in Table A-4.000 1. 0 .000.000. as we did in metric prefixes above.000.000.001 0. rather than converting from one unit of measure to another unit that may be larger or smaller.001 0. and then add the prefix to the unit.001 0.000.001 Powers of Ten Another way to express large and small values is to convert the value to powers of 10. ES-01 Page A-4 Rev.000. divide the value of the unit by the value of the prefix.

01 = 10-2 0. 0 Page A-5 ES-01 .Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Examples of expressing numbers as power of 10 are shown in Table A-5.01 = 10-5 0.000 = 105 1.1 = 10-4 0.000.001 = 10-3 0.000.000 = 103 10.001 = 10-6 0.000 = 106 Commonly Read As 10 to the minus sixth 10 to the minus fifth 10 to the minus fourth 10 to the minus third 10 to the minus two 10 to the minus one 10 to the zero 10 to the first 10 to the second 10 to the third 10 to the fourth 10 to the fifth 10 to the sixth Rev. TABLE A-5 POWERS of 10 Number = Power of 10 0.000.1 = 10-1 1 = 100 10 = 101 100 = 102 1.000.000 = 104 100.

0 . Example: To convert 6.004A = 4 x 10-3A Rule 3: To convert a number expressed as a positive power of 10 to a decimal number. Then multiply the number obtained by 10 to a negative power that is equal to the number of places moved. 1 x 103 = 1.).004A.0).000 = 6 x 106 Rule 2: To express numbers less than 1 as a whole number times a power of 10. move the decimal point to the right as many places as the value of the exponent. Then multiply the number obtained by 10 to a power that is equal to the number of places moved.000. then multiply 4 by 10 raised to a negative power equal to the number of decimal places moved. then multiply 6 times 10 raised to a power equal to the number of decimal places moved.000. 0.METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory Rules associated with powers of ten are as follows: Rule 1: To express numbers larger than 1 as a small number times a power of 10. Example: To convert 0. move the decimal point 3 places to the right (1000. move the decimal point 6 places to the left (6. Example: To convert 1 x 103Ω.000.000Ω ES-01 Page A-6 Rev.000. then drop the multiple of power of 10. move the decimal point to the left as many places as desired.000). move the decimal point 3 places to the right (004. move the decimal point to the right as many places as desired. obtaining 4 x 10-3A.000. 6. obtaining 6 x 106. obtaining 1.

up to the numerator and change the sign of its exponent. or vice-versa. Example: To multiply 2 x 105 by 3 x 10-3. obtaining a product of 6 x 102. then drop the multiple of the power of 10. use the formula: 1 10 n 1 x 10 n We can transfer any power of 10 from numerator to denominator.005A Rule 5: To multiply 2 or more numbers expressed as powers of 10. move the decimal point 3 places to the left (0. in the denominator. and add the exponents to obtain the new exponent of 10. then bring the power of 10.005). multiply the coefficients to obtain the new coefficient. 5 x 10-3A = 0. (2 x 105) (3 x 10-3) = 6 x 102 Rule 6: To divide powers of 10. multiply 2 x 3 to get 6. Example: To divide 8 x 10-5 by 2 x 10-4. simply by changing the sign of the exponent. Example: To convert 5 x 10-3A. then add the exponents of the powers of 10. to get an exponent of 2. move the decimal point to the left as many places as the value of the exponent.Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Rule 4: To convert a number expressed as a negative power of 10 to a decimal number. divide the numerical number 8 by 2 = 4. then add the exponents together: 8 x 10 2 x 10 5 4 4 x 10 5 4 4 x 10 1 Rev.005A. obtaining 0. 5 + (-3). 0 Page A-7 ES-01 .

5 V in millivolts (mV).5 x 103 mV = 4500 mV ES-01 Page A-8 Rev. units by using prefixes expressed in powers of 10.000 Ω in Megohms (MΩ).000 Ω x 10-6 = 0. 0 . 1 V = 103 mV 4.5 V = 4. but equivalent.000 Ω = 780.METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory Table A-6 shows the metric prefixes expressed as powers of 10. 1Ω = 10-6 MΩ 780. Examples: Express 780. TABLE A-6 METRIC PREFIXES EXPRESSED as POWERS of 10 Metric Prefix Power of 10 mega (M) kilo (k) milli (m) micro (µ) nano (n) pico (p) 106 103 10-3 10-6 10-9 10-12 Electrical units can be expressed in different.78 MΩ Express 4.

0 Page A-9 ES-01 .015 x 103 = 15 mA Rev.015 A in milliamperes (mA). 1 A = 103 mA 0.Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Express 0.015 A = 0.

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