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JUNE 1992 DOE FUNDAMENTALS HANDBOOK ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Volume 1 of 4 U.S. Department of Energy Washington, D.C. 20585 FSC6910 Distribution Statement A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. This document has been reproduced directly from the best available copy. Available to DOE and DOE contractors from the Office of Scientific and Technical Information. P. O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; (615) 5768401. Available to the public from the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, 5285 Port Royal Rd., Springfield, VA 22161. Order No. DE92019785 ELECTRICAL SCIENCE ABSTRACT
The Electrical Science Fundamentals Handbook was developed to assist nuclear facility operating contractors provide operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff with the necessary fundamentals training to ensure a basic understanding of electrical theory, terminology, and application. The handbook includes information on alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) theory, circuits, motors, and generators; AC power and reactive components; batteries; AC and DC voltage regulators; transformers; and electrical test instruments and measuring devices. This information will provide personnel with a foundation for understanding the basic operation of various types of DOE nuclear facility electrical equipment. Key Words: Training Material, Magnetism, DC Theory, DC Circuits, Batteries, DC
Generators, DC Motors, AC Theory, AC Power, AC Generators, Voltage Regulators, AC Motors, Transformers, Test Instruments, Electrical Distribution Rev. 0 ES ELECTRICAL SCIENCE FOREWORD
The Department of Energy (DOE) Fundamentals Handbooks consist of ten academic subjects, which include Mathematics; Classical Physics; Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Fluid Flow; Instrumentation and Control; Electrical Science; Material Science; Mechanical Science; Chemistry; Engineering Symbology, Prints, and Drawings; and Nuclear Physics and Reactor Theory. The handbooks are provided as an aid to DOE nuclear facility contractors. These handbooks were first published as Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals in 1985 for use by DOE category A reactors. The subject areas, subject matter content, and level of detail of the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manuals were determined from several sources. DOE Category A reactor training managers determined which materials should be included, and served as a primary reference in the initial development phase. Training guidelines from the commercial nuclear power industry, results of job and task analyses, and independent input from contractors and operationsoriented personnel were all considered and included to some degree in developing the text material and learning objectives. The DOE Fundamentals Handbooks represent the needs of various DOE nuclear facilities' fundamental training requirements. To increase their applicability to nonreactor nuclear facilities, the Reactor Operator Fundamentals Manual learning objectives were distributed to the Nuclear Facility Training Coordination Program Steering Committee for review and comment. To update their reactorspecific content, DOE Category A reactor training managers also reviewed and commented on the content. On the basis of feedback from these sources, information that applied to two or more DOE nuclear facilities was considered generic and was included. The final draft of each of the handbooks was then reviewed by these two groups. This approach has resulted in revised modular handbooks that contain sufficient detail such that each facility may adjust the content to fit their specific needs. Each handbook contains an abstract, a foreword, an overview, learning objectives, and text material, and is divided into modules so that content and order may be modified by individual DOE contractors to suit their specific training needs. Each subject area is supported by a separate examination bank with an answer key. The DOE Fundamentals Handbooks have been prepared for the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy, Office of Nuclear Safety Policy and Standards, by the DOE Training Coordination Program. This program is managed by EG&G Idaho, Inc. Rev. 0 ES ELECTRICAL SCIENCE OVERVIEW
The Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook entitled Electrical Science was prepared as an information resource for personnel who are responsible for the operation of the Department's nuclear facilities. A basic understanding of electricity and electrical systems is necessary for DOE nuclear facility operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff to safely operate and maintain the facility and facility support systems. The information in the handbook is presented to provide a foundation for applying engineering concepts to the job. This knowledge will help personnel more fully understand the impact that their actions may have on the safe and reliable operation of facility components and systems. The Electrical Science handbook consists of fifteen modules that are contained in four volumes. The following is a brief description of the information presented in each module of the handbook. Volume 1 of 4 Module 1  Basic Electrical Theory This module describes basic electrical concepts and introduces electrical terminology. Module 2  Basic DC Theory This module describes the basic concepts of direct current (DC) electrical circuits and discusses the associated terminology. Volume 2 of 4 Module 3  DC Circuits This module introduces the rules associated with the reactive components of inductance and capacitance and how they affect DC circuits. Module 4  Batteries This module introduces batteries and describes the types of cells used, circuit arrangements, and associated hazards. Rev. 0 ES ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Module 5  DC Generators This module describes the types of DC generators and their application in terms of voltage production and load characteristics. Module 6  DC Motors This module describes the types of DC motors and includes discussions of speed control, applications, and load characteristics. Volume 3 of 4 Module 7  Basic AC Theory This module describes the basic concepts of alternating current (AC) electrical circuits and discusses the associated terminology. Module 8  AC Reactive Components This module describes inductance and capacitance and their effects on AC circuits. Module 9  AC Power This module presents power calculations for singlephase and threephase AC circuits and includes the power triangle concept. Module 10  AC Generators This module describes the operating characteristics of AC generators and includes terminology, methods of voltage production, and methods of paralleling AC generation sources. Module 11  Voltage Regulators This module describes the basic operation and application of voltage regulators. Volume 4 of 4 Module 12  AC Motors This module explains the theory of operation of AC motors and discusses the various types of AC motors and their application. Rev. 0 ES ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Module 13  Transformers This module introduces transformer theory and includes the types of transformers, voltage/current relationships, and application. Module 14  Test Instruments and Measuring Devices This module describes electrical measuring and test equipment and includes the parameters measured and the principles of operation of common instruments. Module 15  Electrical Distribution Systems This module describes basic electrical distribution systems and includes characteristics of system design to ensure personnel and equipment safety. The information contained in this handbook is by no means all encompassing. An attempt to present the entire subject of electrical science would be impractical. However, the Electrical Science handbook does present enough information to provide the reader with a fundamental knowledge level sufficient to understand the advanced theoretical concepts presented in other subject areas, and to better understand basic system and equipment operations. Rev. 0 ES 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 Rev. 0 Page i ES01 TABLE OF CONTENTS Basic Electrical Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont.)
Inductance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Capacitance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Electrochemistry . . . Static Electricity . . . Magnetic Induction . Piezoelectric Effect . Thermoelectricity . . . Photoelectric Effect . Thermionic Emission Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 20 21 21 22 23 24 26 MAGNETISM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Magnetism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Flux . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Flux Density . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . Electromagnetism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Polarity of a Single Conductor . . . . . Magnetic Field and Polarity of a Coil Magnetomotive Force . . . . . . . . . . . . Field Intensity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Reluctance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 29 29 30 31 31 32 33 34 35 36 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Magnetic Circuits . . . . . . . . . . . . BH Magnetization Curve . . . . . . . Hysteresis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Magnetic Induction . . . . . . . . . . . Faraday's Law of Induced Voltage Lenz's Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 39 40 41 42 43 44 ES01 Page ii Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont.)
ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 APPENDIX A Metric System and Powers of Ten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1 Rev. 0 Page iii ES01 LIST OF FIGURES Basic Electrical Theory LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Figure 10 Figure 11 Figure 12 Figure 13 Figure 14 Figure 15 Figure 16 Figure 17 Figure 18 Figure 19 Figure 20 The Atom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 The Carbon Atom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Electrostatic Force . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Electrostatic Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Opposite Polarity . . . . . . . . . . 4 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Like Polarity . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Potential Difference Between Two Charged Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Energy Shells and Electron Quota . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Electron Flow Through a Copper Wire with a Potential Difference . . . . . . 11 Potential Difference Across a Conductor Causes a Current to Flow . . . . . . 11 Voltaic Chemical Cell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Static Electricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Generator  Electromagnetic Induction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Pressure Applied to Certain Crystals Produce an Electric Charge . . . . . . . 22 Heat Energy Causes Copper to Give up Electrons to Zinc . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Producing Electricity from Light Using a Photovoltaic Cell . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Vacuum Tube Diode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Electron Spinning Around Nucleus Produces Magnetic Field . . . . . . . . . . 27 Magnetic Domains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 The Law of Magnetic Attraction and Repulsion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 ES01 Page iv Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF FIGURES (Cont.)
Figure 21 Figure 22 Figure 23 Figure 24 Figure 25 Figure 26 Figure 27 Figure 28 Figure 29 Figure 30 The Magnetic Field Produced by Current in a Conductor . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Lefthand Rule for Current Carrying Conductors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Lefthand Rule for Coils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Lefthand Rule to Find North Pole of an Electromagnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Different Physical Forms of Electromagnets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Magnetic Current with Closed Iron Path . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Typical BH Curve for Two Types of Soft Iron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Hysteresis Loop for Magnetic Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Induced EMF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Electrical Symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Rev. 0 Page v ES01 LIST OF TABLES Basic Electrical Theory LIST OF TABLES
Table A1 Table A2 Table A3 Table A4 Table A5 Table A6 Base Units of the International Metric System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A1 Supplementary SI Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A2 Derived SI Units . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A3 Metric Prefixes Used in Electricity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Powers of 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Metric Prefixes Expressed as Powers of 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 ES01 Page vi Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory REFERENCES REFERENCES
Gussow, Milton, Schaum's Outline Series, Basic Electricity, McGrawHill. Academic Program for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, Volume IV, Columbia, MD: General Physics Corporation, Library of Congress Card #A 326517, 1982. Sienko and Plane, Chemical Principles and Properties, 2nd Edition, McGrawHill. Academic Program for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, Volume II, Columbia, MD: General Physics Corporation, Library of Congress Card #A 326517, 1982. Nasar and Unnewehr, Electromechanics and Electric Machines, John Wiley and Sons. Van Valkenburgh, Nooger, and Neville, Basic Electricity, Vol. 5, Hayden Book Company. Exide Industrial Marketing Division, The Storage Battery, LeadAcid Type, The Electric Storage Battery Company. Lister, Eugene C., Electric Circuits and Machines, 5th Edition, McGrawHill. Croft, Carr, Watt, and Summers, American Electricians Handbook, 10th Edition, McGrawHill. Mason, C. Russel, The Art and Science of Protective Relaying, John Wiley and Sons. Mileaf, Harry, Electricity One  Seven, Revised 2nd Edition, Hayden Book Company. Buban and Schmitt, Understanding Electricity and Electronics, 3rd Edition, McGrawHill. Kidwell, Walter, Electrical Instruments and Measurements, McGrawHill. Rev. 0 Page vii ES01 OBJECTIVES Basic Electrical Theory TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
1.0 Given a simple electrical circuit, APPLY basic electrical theory fundamental principles to describe circuit operation. ENABLING OBJECTIVES
1.1 DESCRIBE the following terms: a. Electrostatic force b. Electrostatic field c. Potential difference d. Electromotive force (EMF) e. Ion charge DEFINE the following terms: a. Conductor b. Insulator c. Resistor d. Electron current flow e. Conventional current flow f. Direct current (DC) g. Alternating current (AC) h. Ideal source i. Real source DESCRIBE the following electrical parameters, including the unit of measurement and the relationship to other parameters. a. Voltage b. Current c. Resistance d. Conductance e. Power f. Inductance g. Capacitance Given any two of the three component values of Ohm's Law, DETERMINE the unknown component value. 1.2 1.3 1.4 ES01 Page viii Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory OBJECTIVES ENABLING OBJECTIVES (Cont.)
1.5 DESCRIBE how the following methods produce a voltage: a. Electrochemistry b. Static electricity c. Magnetic Induction d. Piezoelectric effect e. Thermoelectricity f. Photoelectric effect g. Thermionic emission DEFINE the following terms: a. Magnetic flux b. Magnetic flux density c. Weber d. Permeability e. Magnetomotive force (mmf) f. Ampere turns g. Field intensity h. Reluctance DESCRIBE the following materials as they relate to permeability, including an example and an approximate relative permeability. a. Ferromagnetic materials b. Paramagnetic materials c. Diamagnetic materials EXPLAIN the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit, including relationships of qualities and units of measurements. Given the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit, CALCULATE the unknown values. DESCRIBE the shape and components of a BH magnetization curve. EXPLAIN the cause of hysteresis losses. Given Faraday's Law of induced voltage: a. DESCRIBE how varying parameters affect induced voltage. b. CALCULATE voltage induced in a conductor moving through a magnetic field. STATE Lenz's Law of induction. 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Rev. 0 Page ix ES01 OBJECTIVES Basic Electrical Theory ENABLING OBJECTIVES (Cont.)
1.14 Given a standard electrical symbol, IDENTIFY the component that the symbol represents. The symbols will be for the following components: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l. Resistor Capacitor Inductor Relay Contacts Breaker Switch Transistor Rheostat Diode Ground connections Vacuum tube m. n. o. p. q. r. s. t. u. v. w. x. y. Fuse Junction AC voltage source Voltmeter Ammeter Wattmeter Relay operated contacts Potential transformer Current transformer Wye (Y) connection Delta () connection Light bulb Battery ES01 Page x Rev. 0 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." Scientists think electricity is produced by very tiny particles called electrons and protons. These particles are too small to be seen, but exist as subatomic particles in the atom. To understand how they exist, you must first understand the structure of the atom. EO 1.1 DESCRIBE the following terms: a. Electrostatic force b. Electrostatic field c. Potential difference d. Electromotive force (EMF) e. Ion charge The Atom
Elements are the basic building blocks of all matter. The atom is the smallest particle to which an element can be reduced while still keeping the properties of that element. An atom consists of a positively charged nucleus surrounded by negatively charged electrons, so that the atom as a whole is electrically neutral. The nucleus is composed of two kinds of subatomic particles, protons and neutrons, as shown in Figure 1. The proton carries a single unit positive charge equal in magnitude to the electron charge. The neutron is slighty heavier than the Figure 1 The Atom proton and is electrically neutral, as the name implies. These two particles exist in various combinations, depending upon the element involved. The electron is the fundamental negative charge () of electricity and revolves around the nucleus, or center, of the atom in concentric orbits, or shells. Rev. 0 Page 1 ES01 ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory The proton is the fundamental positive charge (+) of electricity and is located in the nucleus. The number of protons in the nucleus of any atom specifies the atomic number of that atom or of that element. For example, the carbon atom contains six protons in its nucleus; therefore, the atomic number for carbon is six, as shown in Figure 2. In its natural state, an atom of any element contains an equal number of electrons and protons. The negative charge () of each electron is equal in magnitude to the positive charge (+) of each proton; therefore, the two opposite charges cancel, and the atom is said to be electrically neutral, or in balance. Electrostatic Force Figure 2 The Carbon Atom One of the mysteries of the atom is that the electron and the nucleus attract each other. This attraction is called electrostatic force, the force that holds the electron in orbit. This force may be illustrated with lines as shown in Figure 3. Figure 3 Electrostatic Force ES01 Page 2 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory ATOM AND ITS FORCES Without this electrostatic force, the electron, which is traveling at high speed, could not stay in its orbit. Bodies that attract each other in this way are called charged bodies. As mentioned previously, the electron has a negative charge, and the nucleus (due to the proton) has a positive charge. The First Law of Electrostatics
The negative charge of the electron is equal, but opposite to, the positive charge of the proton. These charges are referred to as electrostatic charges. In nature, unlike charges (like electrons and protons) attract each other, and like charges repel each other. These facts are known as the First Law of Electrostatics and are sometimes referred to as the law of electrical charges. This law should be remembered because it is one of the vital concepts in electricity. Some atoms can lose electrons and others can gain electrons; thus, it is possible to transfer electrons from one object to another. When this occurs, the equal distribution of negative and positive charges no longer exists. One object will contain an excess of electrons and become negatively charged, and the other will become deficient in electrons and become positively charged. These objects, which can contain billions of atoms, will then follow the same law of electrostatics as the electron and proton example shown above. 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 greater the number of these free electrons an object contains, the greater its negative electric charge. Thus, the electric charge can be used as a measure of electrons. Electrostatic Field
A special force is acting between the charged objects discussed above. Forces of this type are the result of an electrostatic field that exists around each charged particle or object. This electrostatic field, and the force it creates, can be illustrated with lines called "lines of force" as shown in Figure 4.
Figure 4 Electrostatic Field Rev. 0 Page 3 ES01 ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Charged objects repel or attract each other because of the way these fields act together. This force is present with every charged object. When two objects of opposite charge are brought near one another, the electrostatic field is concentrated in the area between them, as shown in Figure 5. 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. Figure 5 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Opposite Polarity When two objects of like charge are brought near one another, the lines of force repel each other, as shown in Figure 6. Figure 6 Electrostatic Field Between Two Charges of Like Polarity ES01 Page 4 Rev. 0 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, and (2) the distance between the objects. The greater the charge on the objects, the greater the electrostatic field. The greater the distance between the objects, the weaker the electrostatic field between them, and vice versa. This leads us to the law of electrostatic attraction, commonly referred to as Coulomb's Law of electrostatic charges, which states that the force of electrostatic attraction, or repulsion, 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 11. F where F K q1 q2 d = = = = = force of electrostatic attraction or prepulsion (Newtons) constant of proportionality (Coulomb 2/Nm2) charge of first particle (Coulombs) charge of second particle (Coulombs) distance between two particles (Meters) K q1 d
2 q2 (11) If q1 and q2 are both either positively or negatively charged, the force is repulsive. If q1 and q2 are opposite polarity or charge, the force is attractive. Potential Difference
Potential difference is the term used to describe how large the electrostatic force is between two charged objects. If a charged body is placed between two objects with a potential difference, the Figure 7 Potential Difference Between Two Charged Objects charged body will try to move in one direction, depending upon the polarity of the object. If an electron is placed between a negativelycharged body and a positivelycharged body, the action due to the potential difference is to push the electron toward the positivelycharged object. The electron, being negatively charged, will be repelled from the negativelycharged object and attracted by the positivelycharged object, as shown in Figure 7. Rev. 0 Page 5 ES01 ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Due to the force of its electrostatic field, these electrical charges have the ability to do work by moving another charged particle by attraction and/or repulsion. This ability to do work is called "potential"; therefore, if one charge is different from another, there is a potential difference between them. The sum of the potential differences of all charged particles in the electrostatic field is referred to as electromotive force (EMF). The basic unit of measure of potential difference is the "volt." The symbol for potential difference is "V," indicating the ability to do the work of forcing electrons to move. Because the volt unit is used, potential difference is also called "voltage." The unit volt will be covered in greater detail in the next chapter. Free Electrons
Electrons are in rapid motion around the nucleus. While the electrostatic force is trying to pull the nucleus and the electron together, the electron is in motion and trying to pull away. These two effects balance, keeping the electron in orbit. The electrons in an atom exist in different energy levels. The energy level of an electron is proportional to its distance from the nucleus. Higher energy level electrons exist in orbits, or shells, that are farther away from the nucleus. These shells nest inside one another and surround the nucleus. The nucleus is the center of all the shells. The shells are lettered beginning with the shell nearest the nucleus: K, L, M, N, O, P, and Q. Each shell has a maximum number of electrons it can hold. For example, the K shell will hold a maximum of two electrons and the L shell will hold a maximum of eight electrons. As shown in Figure 8, each shell has a specific number of electrons that it will hold for a particular atom. Figure 8 Energy Shells and Electron Quota ES01 Page 6 Rev. 0 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. The maximum number of electrons that can fit in the outermost shell of any atom is eight. The maximum number of electrons that can fit in the nexttooutermost shell of any atom is 18. 2. An important point to remember is that when the outer shell of an atom contains eight electrons, the atom becomes very stable, or very resistant to changes in its structure. 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. The electrons in the outermost shell are called valence electrons. When external energy, such as heat, light, or electrical energy, is applied to certain materials, the electrons gain energy, become excited, 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. These electrons are called free electrons. It is the movement of free electrons that provides electric current in a metal conductor. An atom that has lost or gained one or more electrons is said to be ionized or to have an ion change. If the atom loses one or more electrons, it becomes positively charged and is referred to as a positive ion. If an atom gains one or more electrons, it becomes negatively charged and is referred to as a negative ion. Rev. 0 Page 7 ES01 ATOM AND ITS FORCES Basic Electrical Theory Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Forces Around Atoms Summary
Electrostatic Force  force that holds an electron in orbit around a nucleus Electrostatic Field  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. According to Coulomb's Law, 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. Electromotive Force (EMF)  sum of the potential differences of all charged particles in an electrostatic field Ion Charge  dependent on the loss or gain of free electrons (if an atom gains an electron  negative ion charge; if an atom loses an electron positive ion charge) ES01 Page 8 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY
Knowledge of key electrical terminology is necessary to fully understand principles in electrical science. EO 1.2 DEFINE the following terms: a. Conductor b. Insulator c. Resistor d. Electron current flow e. Conventional current flow f. Direct current (DC) g. Alternating current (AC) h. Ideal source i. Real source Conductors
Conductors are materials with electrons that are loosely bound to their atoms, or materials that permit free motion of a large number of electrons. Atoms with only one valence electron, such as copper, silver, and gold, are examples of good conductors. Most metals are good conductors. Insulators
Insulators, or nonconductors, 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. The atoms of good insulators have their valence shells filled with eight electrons, which means they are more than half filled. Any energy applied to such an atom will be distributed among a relatively large number of electrons. Examples of insulators are rubber, plastics, glass, and dry wood. Resistors
Resistors are made of materials that conduct electricity, but offer opposition to current flow. These types of materials are also called semiconductors because they are neither good conductors nor good insulators. Semiconductors have more than one or two electrons in their valence shells, but less than seven or eight. Examples of semiconductors are carbon, silicon, germanium, tin, and lead. Each has four valence electrons. Rev. 0 Page 9 ES01 ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Basic Electrical Theory Voltage
The basic unit of measure for potential difference is the volt (symbol V), and, because the volt unit is used, potential difference is called voltage. An object's electrical charge is determined by the number of electrons that the object has gained or lost. Because such a large number of electrons move, a unit called the "coulomb" is used to indicate the charge. One coulomb is equal to 6.28 x 1018 (billion, billion) electrons. For example, if an object gains one coulomb of negative charge, it has gained 6,280,000,000,000,000,000 extra electrons. A volt is defined as a difference of potential causing one coulomb of current to do one joule of work. A volt is also defined as that amount of force required to force one ampere of current through one ohm of resistance. The latter is the definition with which we will be most concerned in this module. Current
The density of the atoms in copper wire is such that the valence orbits of the individual atoms overlap, causing the electrons to move easily from one atom to the next. Free electrons can drift from one orbit to another in a random direction. When a potential difference is applied, the direction of their movement is controlled. 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. The movement or flow of these electrons is called electron current flow or just current. To produce current, the electrons must be moved by a potential difference. The symbol for current is (I). The basic measurement for current is the ampere (A). 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. If a copper wire is placed between two charged objects that have a potential difference, all of the negativelycharged free electrons will feel a force pushing them from the negative charge to the positive charge. This force opposite to the conventional direction of the electrostatic lines of force is shown in Figure 9. ES01 Page 10 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Figure 9 Electron Flow Through a Copper Wire with a Potential Difference The direction of electron flow, shown in Figure 10, is from the negative () side of the battery, through the wire, and back to the positive (+) side of the battery. The direction of electron flow is from a point of negative potential to a point of positive potential. The solid arrow shown in Figure 10 indicates the direction of electron flow. As electrons vacate their atoms during electron current flow, positively charged atoms (holes) result. The flow of electrons in one direction causes a flow of positive charges. The direction of the positive charges is in the opposite direction of the electron flow. This flow of positive charges is known as conventional current and is shown in Figure 10 as a dashed arrow. All of the electrical effects of electron flow from negative to positive, or from a higher potential to a lower potential, are the same as those that would be created by a flow of positive charges in the opposite direction. Therefore, it is important to realize that both conventions are in use and that they are essentially equivalent; that is, all effects predicted are the same. In this text, we will be using electron flow in our discussions. Figure 10 Potential Difference Across a Conductor Causes a Current to Flow Rev. 0 Page 11 ES01 ELECTRICAL TERMINOLOGY Basic Electrical Theory Generally, 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. An alternating current periodically reverses direction. We will be studying DC and AC current in more detail later in this text. An example of DC current is that current obtained from a battery. An example of AC current is common household current. 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. Ideal sources are used for analytical purposes only since they cannot occur in nature. A real source is a real life current or voltage supply that has some losses associated with it. Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Terminology Summary
Conductor  material with electrons loosely bound to its atoms or that permits free motion of large number of electrons Insulator  material with electrons tightly bound to its atoms; requires large amounts of energy to free electrons from its nuclei Resistor  material that conducts electricity, but opposes current flow Electron Current Flow  current flow from negative to positive potentials Conventional Current Flow  current flow from positive to negative potentials Direct Current  current flow continuously in the same direction Alternating Current  current flow periodically reverses direction Ideal Source  theoretical current or voltage supply with no losses Real Source  actual current or voltage supply with losses ES01 Page 12 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT
Using Ohm's Law and the System Internationale (SI) Metric System, electrical measuring units can be derived. EO 1.3 DESCRIBE the following electrical parameters, including the unit of measurement and the relationship to other parameters. a. Voltage b. Current c. Resistance d. Conductance e. Power f. Inductance g. Capacitance Given any two of the three component values of Ohm's Law, DETERMINE the unknown component value. EO 1.4 System Internationale (SI) Metric System
Electrical units of measurement are based on the International (metric) System, also known as the SI System. Units of electrical measurement include the following: Ampere Volt Ohm Siemens Watt Henry Farad Appendix A provides more information concerning the metric system, metric prefixes, and powers of 10 that are used in electrical measuring units. Voltage
Voltage, electromotive force (emf), or potential difference, is described as the pressure or force that causes electrons to move in a conductor. In electrical formulas and equations, you will see voltage symbolized with a capital E, while on laboratory equipment or schematic diagrams, the voltage is often represented with a capital V. Rev. 0 Page 13 ES01 UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Basic Electrical Theory Current
Electron current, or amperage, is described as the movement of free electrons through a conductor. In electrical formulas, current is symbolized with a capital I, while in the laboratory or on schematic diagrams, it is common to use a capital A to indicate amps or amperage (amps). Resistance
Now that we have discussed the concepts of voltage and current, we are ready to discuss a third key concept called resistance. Resistance is defined as the opposition to current flow. 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. 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. The shorthand notation for ohm is the Greek letter capital omega (). If a voltage is applied to a conductor, current flows. The amount of current flow depends upon the resistance of the conductor. The lower the resistance, the higher the current flow for a given amount of voltage. The higher the resistance, the lower the current flow. Ohm's Law
In 1827, George Simon Ohm discovered that there was a definite relationship between voltage, current, and resistance in an electrical circuit. Ohm's Law defines this relationship and can be stated in three ways. 1. Applied voltage equals circuit current times the circuit resistance. Equation (12) is a mathematical respresentation of this concept. E=IxR 2. or E = IR (12) Current is equal to the applied voltage divided by the circuit resistance. Equation (13) is a mathematical representation of this concept. I E R (13) ES01 Page 14 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT 3. Resistance of a circuit is equal to the applied voltage divided by the circuit current. Equation (14) is a mathematical representation of this concept. R (or ) E I (14) where I = current (A) E = voltage (V) R = resistance () If any two of the component values are known, the third can be calculated. Example 1: Solution: Since applied voltage and circuit current are known, use Ohm's Law to solve for resistance. R E I 12 V 2 A 6 Given that I = 2 A, E = 12 V, find the circuit resistance. R Example 2: Solution: Given E = 260 V and R = 240 , what current will flow through a circuit? Since applied voltage and resistance are known, use Ohm's Law to solve for current. I E R 260 V 240 1.083 A I Rev. 0 Page 15 ES01 UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Basic Electrical Theory Example 3: Find the applied voltage, when given circuit resistance of 100 and circuit current of 0.5 amps. Solution: Since circuit resistance and circuit current are known, use Ohm's Law to solve for applied voltage. E = IR E = (0.5 A)(100 ) = 50 V Conductance
The word "reciprocal" is sometimes used to mean "the opposite of." The opposite, or reciprocal, of resistance is called conductance. As described above, resistance is the opposition to current flow. Since resistance and conductance are opposites, conductance can be defined as the ability to conduct current. For example, if a wire has a high conductance, it will have low resistance, and viceversa. Conductance is found by taking the reciprocal of the resistance. The unit used to specify conductance is called "mho," which is ohm spelled backwards. The symbol for "mho" is the Greek letter omega inverted ( ). The symbol for conductance when used in a formula is G. Equation (15) is the mathematical representation of conductance obtained by relating the definition of conductance (1/R) to Ohm's Law, Equation (14). G Example: Solution: G (or ) 1 R 1 5 0.2 1 RESISTANCE I E (15) If a resistor (R) has five ohms, what will its conductance (G) be in mhos? Power
Electricity is generally used to do some sort of work, such as turning a motor or generating heat. Specifically, power is the rate at which work is done, or the rate at which heat is generated. The unit commonly used to specify electric power is the watt. In equations, you will find power abbreviated with the capital letter P, and watts, the units of measure for power, are abbreviated with the capital letter W. Power is also described as the current (I) in a circuit times the voltage (E) across the circuit. Equation (16) is a mathematical representation of this concept. P=IxE or P = IE (16) ES01 Page 16 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory UNITS OF ELECTRICAL MEASUREMENT Using Ohm's Law for the value of voltage (E), E=IxR and using substitution laws, 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. Equation (17) is the mathematical representation of this concept. P = I2R (17) Inductance
Inductance is defined as the ability of a coil to store energy, induce a voltage in itself, and oppose changes in current flowing through it. The symbol used to indicate inductance in electrical formulas and equations is a capital L. The units of measurement are called henries. The unit henry is abbreviated by using the capital letter H. 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. Equation (18) is the mathematical representation of the rate of change in current through a coil per unit time. I t (18) Equation (19) is the mathematical representation for the voltage VL induced in a coil with inductance L. The negative sign indicates that voltage induced opposes the change in current through the coil per unit time (I/t). VL I L t (19) Inductance will be studied in further detail later in this text. Capacitance
Capacitance is defined as the ability to store an electric charge and is symbolized by the capital letter C. Capacitance (C), measured in farads, 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. Equation (110) is the mathematical representation for capacitance. Q C (110) E
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The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Electrical Units Summary
Parameter Voltage Current Resistance Conductance Power Inductance Capacitance Measuring Unit volt (V or E) amp (I) ohm (R or ) 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) ES01 Page 18 Rev. 0 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 1.5 DESCRIBE how the following methods produce a voltage: a. Electrochemistry b. Static electricity c. Magnetic induction d. Piezoelectric effect e. Thermoelectricity f. Photoelectric effect g. Thermionic emission Electrochemistry
Chemicals can be combined with certain metals to cause a chemical reaction that will transfer electrons to produce electrical energy. This process works on the electrochemistry principle. One example of this principle is the voltaic chemical cell, shown in Figure 11. A chemical reaction produces and maintains opposite charges on two dissimilar metals that serve as the positive and negative terminals. The metals are in contact with an electrolyte solution. Connecting together more than one of these cells will produce a battery. Rev. 0 Page 19 ES01 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. Various types of cells and batteries will be studied in more detail in Module 4, Batteries. Static Electricity
Atoms with the proper number of electrons in orbit around them are in a neutral state, 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 electrons are removed from the atoms in this body of matter, as happens due to friction when one rubs a glass rod with a silk cloth, it will become electrically positive as shown in Figure 12. If this body of matter (e.g., glass rod) comes near, but not in contact with, another body having a normal charge, an electric force is exerted between them because of their unequal charges. The existence of this force is referred to as static electricity or electrostatic force. Figure 12 Static Electricity ES01 Page 20 Rev. 0 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, and this charge was transferred to your body. Your body became positively charged and, when you touched the zerocharged door knob, electrons were transferred to your body until both you and the door knob had equal charges. Magnetic Induction
A generator is a machine that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy by using the principle of magnetic induction. Magnetic induction is used to produce a voltage by rotating coils of wire through a stationary magnetic field, as shown in Figure 13, or by rotating a magnetic field through stationary coils of wire. This is one of the most useful and widelyemployed applications of producing vast quantities of electric power. Magnetic induction will be studied in more detail in the next two chapters "Magnetism," and "Magnetic Circuits." Figure 13 Generator  Electromagnetic Induction Piezoelectric Effect
By applying pressure to certain crystals (such as quartz or Rochelle salts) or certain ceramics (like barium titanate), electrons can be driven out of orbit in the direction of the force. Electrons leave one side of the material and accumulate on the other side, building up positive and negative charges on opposite sides, as shown in Figure 14. When the pressure is released, the electrons return to their orbits. Some materials will react to bending pressure, while others will respond to twisting pressure. This generation of voltage is known as the piezoelectric effect. If external wires are connected while pressure and voltage are present, electrons will flow and current will be produced. If the pressure is held constant, the current will flow until the potential difference is equalized. Rev. 0 Page 21 ES01 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. The power capacity of these materials is extremely small. However, these materials are very useful because of their extreme sensitivity to changes of mechanical force. 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. A phonograph needle is attached to the crystal. As the needle moves in the grooves of a record, it swings from side to side, applying compression and decompression to the crystal. This mechanical motion applied to the crystal generates a voltage signal that is used to reproduce sound. Thermoelectricity
Some materials readily give up their electrons and others readily accept electrons. For example, when two dissimilar metals like copper and zinc are joined together, a transfer of electrons can take place. Electrons will leave the copper atoms and enter the zinc atoms. The zinc gets a surplus of electrons and becomes negatively charged. The copper loses electrons and takes on a positive charge. This creates a voltage potential across the junction of the two metals. The heat energy of normal room temperature is enough to make them release and gain electrons, causing a measurable voltage potential. As more heat energy is applied to the junction, more electrons are released, and the voltage potential becomes greater, as shown in Figure 15. When heat is removed and the junction cools, the charges will dissipate and the voltage potential will decrease. This process is called thermoelectricity. A device like this is generally referred to as a "thermocouple." ES01 Page 22 Rev. 0 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. Thermocouples are widely used to measure temperature and as heatsensing devices in automatic temperature controlled equipment. Figure 15 Heat Energy Causes Copper to Give up Electrons to Zinc Thermocouple power capacities are very small compared to some other sources, but are somewhat greater than those of crystals. Generally speaking, a thermocouple can be subjected to higher temperatures than ordinary mercury or alcohol thermometers. Photoelectric Effect
Light is a form of energy and is considered by many scientists to consist of small particles of energy called photons. When the photons in a light beam strike the surface of a material, they release their energy and transfer it to the atomic electrons of the material. This energy transfer may dislodge electrons from their orbits around the surface of the substance. Upon losing electrons, the photosensitive (light sensitive) material becomes positively charged and an electric force is created, as shown in Figure 16. Rev. 0 Page 23 ES01 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, such as photoelectric cells, photovoltaic cells, optical couplers, and television camera tubes. Three uses of the photoelectric effect are described below. Photovoltaic: The light energy in one of two plates that are joined together causes one plate to release electrons to the other. The plates build up opposite charges, like a battery (Figure 16). Photoemission: The photon energy from a beam of light could cause a surface to release electrons in a vacuum tube. A plate would then collect the electrons. 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. Thermionic Emission
A thermionic energy converter is a device consisting of two electrodes placed near one another in a vacuum. One electrode is normally called the cathode, or emitter, and the other is called the anode, or plate. Ordinarily, electrons in the cathode are prevented from escaping from the surface by a potentialenergy barrier. When an electron starts to move away from the surface, it induces a corresponding positive charge in the material, which tends to pull it back into the surface. To escape, the electron must somehow acquire enough energy to overcome this energy barrier. At ordinary temperatures, almost none of the electrons can acquire enough energy to escape. However, when the cathode is very hot, the electron energies are greatly increased by thermal motion. At sufficiently high temperatures, a considerable number of electrons are able to escape. The liberation of electrons from a hot surface is called thermionic emission. ES01 Page 24 Rev. 0 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. If the plate is maintained positive with respect to the cathode by a battery, the electrons in the cloud are attracted to it. As long as the potential difference between the electrodes is maintained, there will be a steady current flow from the cathode to the plate. The simplest example of a thermionic device is a vacuum tube diode in which the only electrodes are the cathode and plate, or anode, as shown in Figure 17. The diode can be used to convert alternating current (AC) flow to a pulsating direct current (DC) flow. Figure 17 Vacuum Tube Diode Rev. 0 Page 25 ES01 METHODS OF PRODUCING VOLTAGE (ELECTRICITY) Basic Electrical Theory Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Methods of Producing Electricity Summary
Electrochemistry  Combining chemicals with certain metals causes a chemical reaction that transfers electrons. Static electricity  When an object with a normally neutral charge loses electrons, due to friction, and comes in contact with another object having a normal charge, an electric charge is exerted between the two objects. Magnetic induction  Rotating coils of wire through a stationary magnetic field or by rotating a magnetic field through a stationary coil of wire produces a potential. Piezoelectric effect  Bending or twisting certain materials will cause electrons to drive out of orbit in the direction of the force. When the force is released, the electrons return to their original orbit. Thermoelectricity  Heating two joined dissimilar materials will cause a transfer of electrons between the materials setting up a current flow. Photoelectric effect  Dislodging of electrons from their orbits by light beams creates positivelycharged objects. Thermionic emission  Freeing electrons from a hot surface causes electrons to escape. ES01 Page 26 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM MAGNETISM
Certain metals and metallic oxides have the ability to attract other metals. This property is called magnetism, and the materials which have this property are called magnets. Some magnets are found naturally while others must be manufactured. EO 1.6 DEFINE the following terms: a. Magnetic flux b. Magnetic flux density c. Weber d. Permeability e. Magnetomotive force (mmf) f. Ampere turns g. Field intensity h. Reluctance DESCRIBE the following materials as they relate to permeability, including an example and an approximate relative permeablity. a. Ferromagnetic materials b. Paramagnetic materials c. Diamagnetic materials EO 1.7 Magnetism
Magnetism is a result of electrons spinning on their own axis around the nucleus (Figure 18). Figure 18 Electron Spinning Around Nucleus Produces Magnetic Field Rev. 0 Page 27 ES01 MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory In magnetic materials, the atoms have certain areas called domains. These domains are aligned such that their electrons tend to spin in the same direction (Figure 19). Figure 19 Magnetic Domains The alignment of these domains results in the formation of magnetic poles at each end of the magnet. 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). Figure 20 The Law of Magnetic Attraction and Repulsion ES01 Page 28 Rev. 0 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. The symbol for magnetic flux is (phi). The SI unit of magnetic flux is the weber (Wb). One weber is equal to 1 x 108 magnetic field lines. Example: If a magnetic flux () has 5,000 lines, find the number of webers. 5000 lines 1 x 108 lines/Wb 5 x 103 108 50 x 10
6 Wb 50 Wb Magnetic Flux Density
Magnetic flux density is the amount of magnetic flux per unit area of a section, perpendicular to the direction of flux. Equation (111) is the mathematical representation of magnetic flux density. B where B A = = = magnetic flux density in teslas (T) magnetic flux in webers (Wb) area in square meters (m2) A (111) Wb The result is that the SI unit for flux density is webers per square meter 2 . One weber per m square meter equals one tesla. Rev. 0 Page 29 ES01 MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Example: Find the flux density in teslas, when the flux is 800 Wb and the area is 0.004 m2. Given: = 800 Wb = 8 x 104 Wb A = 0.0004 m2 = 4 x 104 m2 B 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. The most commonly used magnetic materials are iron and steel. A permanent magnet is made of a very hard magnetic material, such as cobalt steel, that retains its magnetism for long periods of time when the magnetizing field is removed. A temporary magnet is a material that will not retain its magnetism when the field is removed. Permeability () refers to the ability of a material to concentrate magnetic lines of flux. Those materials that can be easily magnetized are considered to have a high permeability. Relative permeability is the ratio of the permeability of a material to the permeability of a vacuum (o). The symbol for relative permeability is R (mu). R = o o where o = 4107H/m (112) Magnetic materials are classified as either magnetic or nonmagnetic based on the highly magnetic properties of iron. Because even weak magnetic materials may serve a useful purpose in some applications, classification includes the three groups described below. Ferromagnetic Materials: Some of the ferromagnetic materials used are iron, steel, nickel, cobalt, and the commercial alloys, alnico and peralloy. Ferrites are nonmagnetic, but have the ferromagnetic properties of iron. Ferrites are made of ceramic material and have relative permeabilities that range from 50 to 200. They are commonly used in the coils for RF (radio frequency) transformers. Paramagnetic Materials: These are materials such as aluminum, platinum, manganese, and chromium. These materials have a relative permeability of slightly more than one. Diamagnetic Materials: These are materials such as bismuth, antimony, copper, zinc, mercury, gold, and silver. These materials have a relative permeability of less than one. ES01 Page 30 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Electromagnetism
The relationship between magnetism and electrical current was discovered by a Danish scientist named Oersted in 1819. He found that if an electric current was caused to flow through a conductor, the conductor produced a magnetic field around that conductor (Figure 21). 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 lefthand rule for current carrying conductors, as illustrated in Figure 22. The student should verify that the lefthand rule holds true for the examples shown in Figure 21. Figure 22 Lefthand Rule for Current Carrying Conductors Rev. 0 Page 31 ES01 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, and (2) all lines inside the loop are aiding in the same direction. When a conductor is shaped into several loops, it is considered to be a coil. To determine the polarity of a coil, use the lefthand rule for coils (Figure 23). Figure 23 Lefthand Rule for Coils Adding an iron core inside of a coil will increase the flux density. The polarity of the iron core will be the same as that of the coil. 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). ES01 Page 32 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETISM Figure 24 Lefthand 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. This is dependent on how much current flows in the turns of coil: the more current, the stronger the magnetic field; 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 "ampereturns" (At), also known as mmf. Equation (113) is the mathematical representation for ampereturns (At). Fm = ampereturns = NI where Fm N I = = = magnetomotive force (mmf) number of turns current (113) Rev. 0 Page 33 ES01 MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Example: Calculate the ampereturns for a coil with 1000 turns and a 5 mA current. N = 1000 turns and I = 5 mA substitute N = 1000 turns and I = 5 x 103 NI = 1000 (5 x 103) = 5 At Field Intensity
When a coil with a certain number of ampereturns is stretched to twice its length, the magnetic field intensity, or the concentration of its magnetic lines of force, will be half as great. Therefore, field intensity depends on the length of the coil. Equation (114) is the mathematical representation for field intensity, which is related to magnetomotive force as shown. H where H NI L FM Example 1: Solution: N = 80, I = 6A, and NI = 480 At H Example 2: Solution: N = 80, I = 6A, and NI = 480 At H
ES01 FM L NI L (114) = = = = field intensity, At m ampereturns (At) length between poles of coil (m) Magnetomotive force (mmf) Find field intensity of an 80 turn, 20 cm coil, with 6A of current. 480 At 0.2 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, find the new value of field intensity. 480 At 0.4 m 1200 At m
Page 34 Rev. 0 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. Find the field intensity. N = 80, I = 6A, and NI = 480 At H 480 At 0.4 m 1200 At m Note that field intensity for Examples 2 and 3 is the same. Figure 25 Different Physical Forms of Electromagnets Reluctance
Opposition to the production of flux in a material is called reluctance, which corresponds to resistance. The symbol for reluctance is R, and it has the units of ampereturns per weber (At/wb). Reluctance is related to magnetomotive force, mmf, and flux, , by the relationship shown in equation (115). R mmf (115) Reluctance is inversely proportional to permeability (). Iron cores have high permeability and, therefore, low reluctance. Air has a low permeability and, therefore, a high reluctance. Rev. 0 Page 35 ES01 MAGNETISM Basic Electrical Theory Generally, different types of materials have different values of reluctance (Figure 25). Air gap is the air space between two poles of a magnet. Since air has a very high reluctance, the size of the air gap affects the value of reluctance: the shorter the air gap, the stronger the field in the gap. Air is nonmagnetic and will not concentrate magnetic lines. The larger air gap only provides space for the magnetic lines to spread out. Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Magnetism Summary
Magnetic flux  group of magnetic field lines that are emitted outward from the north pole of a magnet Magnetic flux density  amount of magnetic flux per unit area of a section, perpendicular to the direction of the flux Weber  measure of magnetic flux Permeability  ability of a material to concentrate magnetic lines of flux Ferromagnetic materials  iron, steel, nickel, cobalt, and commercial alloys with relative permeability ranging from 50200 Paramagnetic materials  aluminum, platinum, manganese, and chromium with relative permeability of slightly more than one Diamagnetic materials  bismuth, antimony, copper, zinc, mercury, gold, and silver with relative permeability of less than one Magnetomotive force (mmf)  strength of a magnetic field in a coil of wire dependent on current flowing through coil Ampere turns  current flowing through a coil times the number of turns in the coil Field intensity  identifies the magnetic flux density per unit length of a coil Reluctance  opposition to the production of flux in a material ES01 Page 36 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS MAGNETIC CIRCUITS
What is a magnetic circuit? To better understand magnetic circuits, a basic understanding of the physical qualities of magnetic circuits will be necessary. EO 1.8 EO 1.9 EO 1.10 EO 1.11 EO 1.12 EXPLAIN the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit, including relationships of qualities and units of measurements. Given the physical qualities of a simple magnetic circuit, CALCULATE the unknown values. DESCRIBE the shape and components of a BH magnetization curve. EXPLAIN the cause of hysteresis losses. Given Faraday's Law of induced voltage: a. DESCRIBE how varying parameters affect induced voltage. b. CALCULATE voltage induced in a conductor moving through a magnetic field. STATE Lenz's Law of induction. EO 1.13 Magnetic Circuits
A magnetic circuit can be compared with an electric current in which EMF, or voltage, produces a current flow. The ampereturns (NI), or the magnetomotive force (Fm or mmf), will produce a magnetic flux (Figure 26). The mmf can be compared with EMF, and the flux () can be compared to current. Equation (116) is the mathematical representation of magnetomotive force E derived using Ohm's Law, I . R F mmf = m (116) R R where Fm R = = = magnetic flux, Wb magnetomotive force (mmf), At reluctance, At Wb Rev. 0 Page 37 ES01 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory Figure 26 Magnetic Current with Closed Iron Path Equation (117) is the mathematical representation for reluctance. R where R L A = = = = reluctance, At Wb L A (117) length of coil, m permeability of magnetic material, crosssectional area of coil, m2 (T m) At ES01 Page 38 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Example: A coil has an mmf of 600 At, and a reluctance of 3 x 106 At/Wb. Find the total flux . Solution: mmf R 600At 3 x 106 At/Wb 200 x 10
6 Wb 200Wb BH Magnetization Curve
The BH Magnetization Curve (Figure 27) shows how much flux density (B) results from increasing the flux intensity (H). The curves in Figure 27 are for two types of soft iron cores plotted for typical values. The curve for soft iron 1 shows that flux density B increases rapidly with an increase in flux intensity H, before the core saturates, or develops a "knee." Thereafter, an increase in flux intensity H has little or no effect on flux density B. Soft iron 2 needs a much larger increase in flux intensity H before it reaches its saturation level at H = 5000 At/m, B = 0.3 T. Air, which is nonmagnetic, has a very low BH profile, as shown in Figure 27. Figure 27 Typical BH Curve for Two Types of Soft Iron Rev. 0 Page 39 ES01 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory The permeability () of a magnetic material is the ratio of B to H. Equation (118) is the mathematical representation for magnetic material permeability. B H (118) The average value of permeability is measured where the saturation point, or knee, is first established. Figure 27 shows that the normal or average permeability for the two irons as follows. soft iron 1 = B 0.2 (T m) = = 1 x 104 H 2000 At B H 0.3 (T m ) = 6 x 105 5000 At soft iron 2 = In SI units, the permeability of a vacuum is o = 4 x 107 H/m or 1.26 x 106 or Tm/At. In order to calculate permeability, the value of relative permeability r must be multiplied by o. Equation (118) is the mathematical representation for permeability. = r x o Example: (118) Find the permeability of a material that has a relative permeability of 100. = r x o = 100 (1.26 x 106) = 126 x 106 (T m) At Hysteresis
When current in a coil reverses direction thousands of times per second, hysteresis can cause considerable loss of energy. Hysteresis is defined as "a lagging behind." The magnetic flux in an iron core lags behind the magnetizing force. ES01 Page 40 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS The hysteresis loop is a series of curves that shows the characteristics of a magnetic material (Figure 28). Opposite directions of current will result in opposite directions of flux intensity shown as +H and H. Opposite polarities are also shown for flux density as +B or B. Current starts at the center (zero) when unmagnetized. Positive H values increase B to the saturation point, or +Bmax, as shown by the dashed line. Then H decreases to zero, but B drops to the value of Br due to hysteresis. By reversing the original current, H now becomes negative. B drops to zero and continues on to Bmax. As the H values decrease (less negative), B is reduced to Br when H is zero. With a positive swing of current, H once again becomes positive, producing saturation at +Bmax. The hysteresis loop is completed. The loop does not return to zero because of hysteresis. Figure 28 Hysteresis Loop for Magnetic Materials The value of +Br or Br, which is the flux density remaining after the magnetizing force is zero, is called the retentivity of that magnetic material. The value of Hc, which is the force that must be applied in the reverse direction to reduce flux density to zero, is called the coercive force of the material. The greater the area inside the hysteresis loop, the larger the hysteresis losses. Magnetic Induction
Electromagnetic induction was discovered by Michael Faraday in 1831. Faraday found that if a conductor "cuts across" lines of magnetic force, or if magnetic lines of force cut across a conductor, a voltage, or EMF, is induced into the conductor. Consider a magnet with its lines of force from the North Pole to the South Pole (Figure 29). A conductor C, which can be moved between the poles of the magnet, is connected to a galvanometer G, which can detect the presence of voltage, or EMF. When the conductor is not moving, zero EMF is indicated by the galvanometer. Rev. 0 Page 41 ES01 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory 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 (120) is the mathematical representation for Faraday's Law of Induced Voltage. Vind where Vind = induced voltage, V = N t (120) ES01 Page 42 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory MAGNETIC CIRCUITS N 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 = N t = 8Wb  4Wb = 4Wb t = 2s then 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 (120) 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. Rev. 0 Page 43 ES01 MAGNETIC CIRCUITS Basic Electrical Theory Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Magnetic Circuits Summary
Simple magnetic circuit magnetic flux () is proportional to the magnetomotive force (Fm) and indirectly proportional to the reluctance (R) in a circuit. (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 t Lenz's Law states that an induced voltage will have a polarity that will oppose the magnetic field that caused the induced voltage. ES01 Page 44 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS
To read and interpret electrical system diagrams and schematics, one must be thoroughly familiar with the many symbols used. Once these symbols are mastered, most electrical diagrams and schematics will be understood with relative ease. EO 1.14 Given a standard electrical symbol, IDENTIFY the component that the symbol represents. The symbols will be for the following components: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j. k. l. Resistor Capacitor Inductor Relay Contacts Breaker Switch Transistor Rheostat Diode Ground connections Vacuum tube m. n. o. p. q. r. s. t. u. v. w. x. y. 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. Rev. 0 Page 45 ES01 ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS Basic Electrical Theory Figure 30 Electrical Symbols ES01 Page 46 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS Summary
The important information contained in this chapter is summarized below. Electrical Symbols Summary
To read and interpret electrical system diagrams and schematics, one must be thoroughly familiar with the many symbols used. Once these symbols are mastered, most electrical diagrams and schematics will be understood with relative ease. Rev. 0 Page 47 ES01 ELECTRICAL SYMBOLS Basic Electrical Theory Intentionally Left Blank ES01 Page 48 Rev. 0 Appendix A Metric System and Powers of Ten BASIC ELECTRICAL THEORY 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, commonly called SI (system internationale), are used in electricity. The seven basic units are shown on Table A1. Two supplementary units of SI are shown on Table A2. TABLE A1 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. 0 Page A1 ES01 METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory TABLE A2 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. Most of the units of measure used in electricity are derived units. These units are shown on Table A3. Some of these are derived from the base units, and some are derived from other derived units, or a combination of both. For example, the unit of current is the ampere, which is derived from the base units of second and coulomb. The derivation of these units is beyond the scope of this text. However, units commonly used in the study and use of electricity and their relationship to other units of measure are discussed in Chapter 3, Units of Electrical Measurement. ES01 Page A2 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN TABLE A3 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 Metric Prefixes
When working with basic electrical measurement units, sometimes the values are too large or too small to express conveniently. For convenience, add metric prefixes (Table A4) to the basic unit. For example, if we have a resistor that is 1,000,000 ohms (), we can add the prefix kilo, or its designated symbol K, and express the value as 1,000 K, or the metric prefix mega (symbol M) and express the value as 1 M. In the case of capacitance or current, we may have a very small value such as 0.002 amperes (symbol A) or 0.000005 farads (symbol F). These values can be expressed by adding the prefix milli (symbol m) and expressing the current as 2 milli amperes or 2 mA, or adding the prefix micro (symbol ) and expressing the capacitance as 5 micro farads, or 5 F. Rev. 0 Page A3 ES01 METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory To use the prefixes listed in Table A4, divide the value of the unit by the value of the prefix, and then add the prefix to the unit. TABLE A4 METRIC PREFIXES USED in ELECTRICITY
Prefix (letter symbol) mega (M) kilo (k) milli (m) micro () nano (n) pico (p) million thousand thousandth millionth thousandmillionth millionmillionth Value 1,000,000 1,000 0.001 0.000,001 0.000,000,001 0.000,000,000,001 Powers of Ten
Another way to express large and small values is to convert the value to powers of 10. This is a convenient way to express values and keep the units in the basic unit notation, rather than converting from one unit of measure to another unit that may be larger or smaller, as we did in metric prefixes above. ES01 Page A4 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Examples of expressing numbers as power of 10 are shown in Table A5. TABLE A5 POWERS of 10
Number = Power of 10 0.000,001 = 106 0.000,01 = 105 0.000,1 = 104 0.001 = 103 0.01 = 102 0.1 = 101 1 = 100 10 = 101 100 = 102 1,000 = 103 10,000 = 104 100,000 = 105 1,000,000 = 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. 0 Page A5 ES01 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, move the decimal point to the left as many places as desired. Then multiply the number obtained by 10 to a power that is equal to the number of places moved. Example: To convert 6,000,000, move the decimal point 6 places to the left (6.000,000), then multiply 6 times 10 raised to a power equal to the number of decimal places moved, obtaining 6 x 106. 6,000,000 = 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 desired. Then multiply the number obtained by 10 to a negative power that is equal to the number of places moved. Example: To convert 0.004A, move the decimal point 3 places to the right (004.), then multiply 4 by 10 raised to a negative power equal to the number of decimal places moved, obtaining 4 x 103A. 0.004A = 4 x 103A Rule 3: To convert a number expressed as a positive power of 10 to a decimal number, move the decimal point to the right as many places as the value of the exponent. Example: To convert 1 x 103, move the decimal point 3 places to the right (1000.0), then drop the multiple of power of 10, obtaining 1,000. 1 x 103 = 1,000 ES01 Page A6 Rev. 0 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, move the decimal point to the left as many places as the value of the exponent. Example: To convert 5 x 103A, move the decimal point 3 places to the left (0.005), then drop the multiple of the power of 10, obtaining 0.005A. 5 x 103A = 0.005A Rule 5: To multiply 2 or more numbers expressed as powers of 10, multiply the coefficients to obtain the new coefficient, and add the exponents to obtain the new exponent of 10. Example: To multiply 2 x 105 by 3 x 103, multiply 2 x 3 to get 6, then add the exponents of the powers of 10, 5 + (3), to get an exponent of 2, obtaining a product of 6 x 102. (2 x 105) (3 x 103) = 6 x 102 Rule 6: To divide powers of 10, use the formula: 1 10 n 1 x 10
n We can transfer any power of 10 from numerator to denominator, or viceversa, simply by changing the sign of the exponent. Example: To divide 8 x 105 by 2 x 104, divide the numerical number 8 by 2 = 4, then bring the power of 10, in the denominator, up to the numerator and change the sign of its exponent, then add the exponents together: 8 x 10 2 x 10 5 4 4 x 10 5 4 4 x 10 1 Rev. 0 Page A7 ES01 METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory Table A6 shows the metric prefixes expressed as powers of 10. TABLE A6 METRIC PREFIXES EXPRESSED as POWERS of 10
Metric Prefix Power of 10 mega (M) kilo (k) milli (m) micro () nano (n) pico (p) 106 103 103 106 109 1012 Electrical units can be expressed in different, but equivalent, units by using prefixes expressed in powers of 10. Examples: Express 780,000 in Megohms (M). 1 = 106 M 780,000 = 780,000 x 106 = 0.78 M Express 4.5 V in millivolts (mV). 1 V = 103 mV 4.5 V = 4.5 x 103 mV = 4500 mV ES01 Page A8 Rev. 0 Basic Electrical Theory METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Express 0.015 A in milliamperes (mA). 1 A = 103 mA 0.015 A = 0.015 x 103 = 15 mA Rev. 0 Page A9 ES01 METRIC SYSTEM AND POWERS OF TEN Basic Electrical Theory Intentionally Left Blank ES01 Page A10 Rev. 0 Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook ELECTRICAL SCIENCE Module 2 Basic DC Theory Basic DC Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS
LIST OF FIGURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii LIST OF TABLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vi REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii OBJECTIVES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii DC SOURCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Batteries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DC Generator . . . . . . . . . . Thermocouples . . . . . . . . . Rectifiers . . . . . . . . . . . . . Forward Bias . . . . . . . . . . Reverse Bias . . . . . . . . . . . HalfWave Rectifier Circuit FullWave Rectifier Circuit . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2 3 5 5 7 8 9 11 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Schematic Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . OneLine Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Block Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wiring Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resistivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Temperature Coefficient of Resistance Electric Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Equivalent Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 21 21 22 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Series Resistance . . . Parallel Currents . . . Resistance in Parallel Simplified Formulas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 29 32 34 Rev. 0 Page i ES02 TABLE OF CONTENTS Basic DC Theory TABLE OF CONTENTS (Cont.)
Voltage Divider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Current Division . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 VOLTAGE POLARITY AND CURRENT DIRECTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Conventional and Electron Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Polarities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Kirchhoff's Laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kirchhoff's Voltage Law . . . . . . . Applying Kirchhoff's Voltage Law Kirchhoff's Current Law . . . . . . . Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 43 44 45 48 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Loop Equations . . . . . . . . . . . . . Node Equations . . . . . . . . . . . . . SeriesParallel Circuit Analysis . . Y and Delta Network Calculation Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 54 58 60 65 DC CIRCUIT FAULTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Open Circuit (Series) . Open Circuit (Parallel) Short Circuit (Series) . Short Circuit (Parallel) Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 67 68 68 69 ES02 Page ii Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF FIGURES
Figure 1 Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 Figure 5 Figure 6 Figure 7 Figure 8 Figure 9 Basic Chemical Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Basic DC Generator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Production of a DC Voltage Using a Thermocouple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ForwardBiased Diode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ReverseBiased Diode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 HalfWave Rectifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 FullWave Rectifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Bridge Rectifier Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Schematic Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Figure 10 OneLine Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Figure 11 Block Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Figure 12 Wiring Diagram . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Figure 13 Closed Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Figure 14 Open Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Figure 15 Short Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Figure 16 Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Figure 17 Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Figure 18 Resistance in a Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Figure 19 Voltage Drops in a Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Figure 20 Voltage Total in a Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Rev. 0 Page iii ES02 LIST OF FIGURES Basic DC Theory LIST OF FIGURES (Cont.)
Figure 21 Example 1 Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Figure 22 Example 2 Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Figure 23 Example 1 Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Figure 24 Example 2 Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Figure 25 Example 3 Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Figure 26 Equivalent Resistance in a Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Figure 27 Total Resistance in a Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Figure 28 Example Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Figure 29 Voltage Divider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Figure 30 Current Division Example Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Figure 31 Voltage Polarities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Figure 32 Closed Loop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Figure 33 Using Kirchhoff's Voltage Law to find Current with one Source . . . . . . . . . . 44 Figure 34 Using Kirchhoff's Voltage Law to find Current with Multiple Battery Sources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Figure 35 Illustration of Kirchhoff's Current Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Figure 36 Using the Current Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Figure 37 Example Circuit for Loop Equations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Figure 38 Assumed Direction of Current Flow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Figure 39 Marking Polarity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Figure 40 Applying Voltage Law to Loop 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 ES02 Page iv Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory LIST OF FIGURES LIST OF FIGURES (Cont.)
Figure 41 Applying Voltage Laws to Outer Loop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Figure 42 Applying Current Law to Junction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Figure 43 Node Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Figure 44 Circuit for Node Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Figure 45 Node  Voltage Analysis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Figure 46 Redrawn Circuit Example . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Figure 47 T or Y Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Figure 48 (pi) or (delta) Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Figure 49 Y  Equivalent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Figure 50 Bridge Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Figure 51 Y  Redrawn Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Figure 52 Steps to Simplify Redrawn Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Figure 53 Open Series Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Figure 54 Open Parallel Circuit  Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Figure 55 Open Parallel Circuit  Branch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Figure 56 Shorted DC Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Figure 57 Shorted Parallel Circuit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Rev. 0 Page v ES02 LIST OF TABLES Basic DC Theory LIST OF TABLES
Table 1 Table 2 Properties of Conducting Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Temperature Coefficients for Various Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 ES02 Page vi Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory REFERENCES REFERENCES
Gussow, Milton, Schaum's Outline Series, Basic Electricity, McGrawHill. Academic Program for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, Volume IV, Columbia, MD: General Physics Corporation, Library of Congress Card #A 326517, 1982. Sienko and Plane, Chemical Principles and Properties, 2nd Edition, McGrawHill. Academic Program for Nuclear Power Plant Personnel, Volume II, Columbia, MD: General Physics Corporation Library of Congress Card #A 326517, 1982. Nasar and Unnewehr, Electromechanics and Electric Machines, John Wiley and Sons. Van Valkenburgh, Nooger, and Neville, Basic Electricity, Vol. 5, Hayden Book Company. Exide Industrial Marketing Division, The Storage Battery, LeadAcid Type, The Electric Storage Battery Company. Lister, Eugene C., Electric Circuits and Machines, 5th Edition, McGrawHill. Croft, Carr, Watt, and Summers, American Electricians Handbook, 10th Edition, McGrawHill. Mason, C. Russel, The Art and Science of Protective Relaying, John Wiley and Sons. Mileaf, Harry, Electricity One  Seven, Revised 2nd Edition, Hayden Book Company. Buban and Schmitt, Understanding Electricity and Electronics, 3rd Edition, McGrawHill. Kidwell, Walter, Electrical Instruments and Measurements, McGrawHill. Rev. 0 Page vii ES02 OBJECTIVES Basic DC Theory TERMINAL OBJECTIVE
1.0 Using the rules associated with basic DC circuit characteristics, ANALYZE various DC circuits to find resistances, currents, and voltages at any given point within the circuit. ENABLING OBJECTIVES
1.1 1.2 1.3 LIST the four ways to produce a DC voltage. STATE the purpose of a rectifier. DESCRIBE the outputs of the following circuits: a. Halfwave bridge rectifier b. Fullwave bridge rectifier Given a. b. c. d. a diagram, IDENTIFY it as one of the following types: Schematic diagram Oneline diagram Block diagram Wiring diagram 1.4 1.5 DEFINE the following terms: a. Resistivity b. Temperature coefficient of resistance c. Closed circuit d. Open circuit e. Short circuit f. Series circuit g. Parallel circuit h. Equivalent resistance Given a circuit, DETERMINE whether the circuit is an open circuit or a closed circuit. Given a circuit, CALCULATE total resistance for a series or parallel circuit. DESCRIBE what is meant by the term "voltage divider." DESCRIBE what is meant by the term "current division." 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 ES02 Page viii Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory OBJECTIVES ENABLING OBJECTIVES (Cont.)
1.10 1.11 DESCRIBE the difference between electron flow and conventional current flow. Given a circuit showing current flows, IDENTIFY the polarity of the voltage drops in the circuit. STATE Kirchhoff's voltage law. STATE Kirchhoff's current law. Given a circuit, SOLVE problems for voltage and current using Kirchhoff's laws. Given a simple DC circuit, DETERMINE the equivalent resistance of series and parallel combinations of elements. DESCRIBE the voltage and current effects of an open in a DC circuit. DESCRIBE the voltage and current effects in a shorted DC circuit. 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 Rev. 0 Page ix ES02 Basic DC Theory Intentionally Left Blank ES02 Page x Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES DC SOURCES
When most people think of DC, they usually think of batteries. In addition to batteries, however, there are other devices that produce DC which are frequently used in modern technology. 1.1 1.2 1.3 LIST the four ways to produce a DC voltage. STATE the purpose of a rectifier. DESCRIBE the outputs of the following circuits: a. Halfwave bridge rectifier b. Fullwave bridge rectifier Batteries
A battery consists of two or more chemical cells connected in series. The combination of materials within a battery is used for the purpose of converting chemical energy into electrical energy. To understand how a battery works, we must first discuss the chemical cell. The chemical cell is composed of two electrodes made of different types of metal or metallic compounds which are immersed in an electrolyte solution. The chemical actions which result are complicated, and they vary with the type of material used in cell construction. Some knowledge of the basic action of a simple cell will be helpful in understanding the operation of a chemical cell in general. In the cell, electrolyte ionizes to produce positive and negative ions (Figure 1, Part A). Simultaneously, chemical action causes the atoms within one of the electrodes to ionize. Rev. 0 Page 1 ES02 DC SOURCES Basic DC Theory Figure 1 Basic Chemical Battery Due to this action, electrons are deposited on the electrode, and positive ions from the electrode pass into the electrolyte solution (Part B). This causes a negative charge on the electrode and leaves a positive charge in the area near the electrode (Part C). The positive ions, which were produced by ionization of the electrolyte, are repelled to the other electrode. At this electrode, these ions will combine with the electrons. Because this action causes removal of electrons from the electrode, it becomes positively charged. DC Generator
A simple DC generator consists of an armature coil with a single turn of wire. The armature coil cuts across the magnetic field to produce a voltage output. As long as a complete path is present, current will flow through the circuit in the direction shown by the arrows in Figure 2. In this coil position, commutator segment 1 contacts with brush 1, while commutator segment 2 is in contact with brush 2. Rotating the armature onehalf turn in the clockwise direction causes the contacts between the commutator segments to be reversed. Now segment 1 is contacted by brush 2, and segment 2 is in contact with brush 1. ES02 Page 2 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES Figure 2 Basic DC Generator Due to this commutator action, that side of the armature coil which is in contact with either of the brushes is always cutting the magnetic field in the same direction. Brushes 1 and 2 have a constant polarity, and pulsating DC is delivered to the load circuit. Thermocouples
A thermocouple is a device used to convert heat energy into a voltage output. The thermocouple consists of two different types of metal joined at a junction (Figure 3). Rev. 0 Page 3 ES02 DC SOURCES Basic DC Theory Figure 3 Production of a DC Voltage Using a Thermocouple ES02 Page 4 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES As the junction is heated, the electrons in one of the metals gain enough energy to become free electrons. The free electrons will then migrate across the junction and into the other metal. This displacement of electrons produces a voltage across the terminals of the thermocouple. The combinations used in the makeup of a thermocouple include: iron and constantan; copper and constantan; antimony and bismuth; and chromel and alumel. Thermocouples are normally used to measure temperature. The voltage produced causes a current to flow through a meter, which is calibrated to indicate temperature. Rectifiers
Most electrical power generating stations produce alternating current. The major reason for generating AC is that it can be transferred over long distances with fewer losses than DC; however, many of the devices which are used today operate only, or more efficiently, with DC. For example, transistors, electron tubes, and certain electronic control devices require DC for operation. If we are to operate these devices from ordinary AC outlet receptacles, they must be equipped with rectifier units to convert AC to DC. In order to accomplish this conversion, we use diodes in rectifier circuits. The purpose of a rectifier circuit is to convert AC power to DC. The most common type of solid state diode rectifier is made of silicon. The diode acts as a gate, which allows current to pass in one direction and blocks current in the other direction. The polarity of the applied voltage determines if the diode will conduct. The two polarities are known as forward bias and reverse bias. Forward Bias
A diode is forward biased when the positive terminal of a voltage source is connected to its anode, and the negative terminal is connected to the cathode (Figure 4A). The power source's positive side will tend to repel the holes in the ptype material toward the pn junction by the negative side. A hole is a vacancy in the electron structure of a material. Holes behave as positive charges. As the holes and the electrons reach the pn junction, some of them break through it (Figure 4B). Holes combine with electrons in the ntype material, and electrons combine with holes in the ptype material. Rev. 0 Page 5 ES02 DC SOURCES Basic DC Theory Figure 4 ForwardBiased Diode ES02 Page 6 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES When a hole combines with an electron, or an electron combines with a hole near the pn junction, an electron from an electronpair bond in the ptype material breaks its bond and enters the positive side of the source. Simultaneously, an electron from the negative side of the source enters the ntype material (Figure 4C). This produces a flow of electrons in the circuit. Reverse Bias
Reverse biasing occurs when the diode's anode is connected to the negative side of the source, and the cathode is connected to the positive side of the source (Figure 5A). Holes within the ptype material are attracted toward the negative terminal, and the electrons in the ntype material are attracted to the positive terminal (Figure 5B). This prevents the combination of electrons and holes near the pn junction, and therefore causes a high resistance to current flow. This resistance prevents current flow through the circuit. Figure 5 ReverseBiased Diode Rev. 0 Page 7 ES02 DC SOURCES Basic DC Theory HalfWave Rectifier Circuit
When a diode is connected to a source of alternating voltage, it will be alternately forwardbiased, and then reversebiased, during each cycle of the AC sinewave. When a single diode is used in a rectifier circuit, current will flow through the circuit only during onehalf of the input voltage cycle (Figure 6). For this reason, this rectifier circuit is called a halfwave rectifier. The output of a halfwave rectifier circuit is pulsating DC. Figure 6 HalfWave Rectifier ES02 Page 8 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES FullWave Rectifier Circuit
A fullwave rectifier circuit is a circuit that rectifies the entire cycle of the AC sinewave. A basic fullwave rectifier uses two diodes. The action of these diodes during each half cycle is shown in Figure 7. Figure 7 FullWave Rectifier Rev. 0 Page 9 ES02 DC SOURCES Basic DC Theory Another type of fullwave rectifier circuit is the fullwave bridge rectifier. This circuit utilizes four diodes. These diodes' actions during each half cycle of the applied AC input voltage are shown in Figure 8. The output of this circuit then becomes a pulsating DC, with all of the waves of the input AC being transferred. The output looks identical to that obtained from a fullwave rectifier (Figure 7). Figure 8 Bridge Rectifier Circuit ES02 Page 10 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC SOURCES Summary
The important information concerning DC sources is summarized below. DC Sources Summary
There are four common ways that DC voltages are produced. Batteries DC Generators Thermocouples Rectifiers Thermocouples convert energy from temperature into a DC voltage. This voltage can be used to measure temperature. A rectifier converts AC to DC. There are two types of rectifiers.  HalfWave rectifiers  FullWave rectifiers Halfwave rectifiers convert the AC to a pulsating DC and convert only onehalf of the sine wave. Fullwave rectifiers convert the AC to a pulsating DC and convert all of the sine wave. Rev. 0 Page 11 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY
Before operations with DC circuits can be studied, an understanding of the types of circuits and common circuit terminology associated with circuits is essential. EO 1.4 Given types: a. b. c. d. a diagram, IDENTIFY it as one of the following Schematic diagram Oneline diagram Block diagram Wiring diagram EO 1.5 DEFINE the following terms: a. Resistivity b. Temperature coefficient of resistance c. Closed circuit d. Open circuit e. Short circuit f. Series circuit g. Parallel circuit h. Equivalent resistance Given a circuit, DETERMINE whether the circuit is an open circuit or a closed circuit. EO 1.6 Schematic Diagram
Schematic diagrams are the standard means by which we communicate information in electrical and electronics circuits. On schematic diagrams, the component parts are represented by graphic symbols, some of which were presented earlier in Module 1. Because graphic symbols are small, it is possible to have diagrams in a compact form. The symbols and associated lines show how circuit components are connected and the relationship of those components with one another. As an example, let us look at a schematic diagram of a twotransistor radio circuit (Figure 9). This diagram, from left to right, shows the components in the order they are used to convert radio waves into sound energy. By using this diagram it is possible to trace the operation of the circuit from beginning to end. Due to this important feature of schematic diagrams, they are widely used in construction, maintenance, and servicing of all types of electronic circuits. ES02 Page 12 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Figure 9 Schematic Diagram OneLine Diagram
The oneline, or singleline, diagram shows the components of a circuit by means of single lines and the appropriate graphic symbols. Oneline diagrams show two or more conductors that are connected between components in the actual circuit. The oneline diagram shows all pertinent information about the sequence of the circuit, but does not give as much detail as a schematic diagram. Normally, the oneline diagram is used to show highly complex systems without showing the actual physical connections between components and individual conductors. As an example, Figure 10 shows a typical oneline diagram of an electrical substation. Rev. 0 Page 13 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory Figure 10 OneLine Diagram Block Diagram
A block diagram is used to show the relationship between component groups, or stages in a circuit. In block form, it shows the path through a circuit from input to output (Figure 11). The blocks are drawn in the form of squares or rectangles connected by single lines with arrowheads at the terminal end, showing the direction of the signal path from input to output. Normally, the necessary information to describe the stages of components is contained in the blocks. ES02 Page 14 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Figure 11 Block Diagram Wiring Diagram
A wiring diagram is a very simple way to show wiring connections in an easytofollow manner. These types of diagrams are normally found with home appliances and automobile electrical systems (Figure 12). Wiring diagrams show the component parts in pictorial form, and the components are identified by name. Most wiring diagrams also show the relative location of component parts and color coding of conductors or leads. Figure 12 Wiring Diagram Rev. 0 Page 15 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory Resistivity
Resistivity is defined as the measure of the resistance a material imposes on current flow. The resistance of a given length of conductor depends upon the resistivity of that material, the length of the conductor, and the crosssectional area of the conductor, according to Equation (21). R where R L A = = = = resistance of conductor, specific resistance or resistivity cm/ft length of conductor, ft crosssectional area of conductor, cm = L A (21) The resistivity (rho) allows different materials to be compared for resistance, according to their nature, without regard to length or area. The higher the value of , the higher the resistance. Table 1 gives resistivity values for metals having the standard wire size of one foot in length and a crosssectional area of 1 cm. ES02 Page 16 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY TABLE 1 Properties of Conducting Materials
Material Aluminum Carbon Constantan Copper Gold Iron Nichrome Nickel Silver Tungsten = Resistivity at 20Ccm/ft (a) 17 (b) 295 10.4 14 58 676 52 9.8 33.8 (a) Precise values depend on exact composition of material. (b) Carbon has 25007500 times the resistance of copper. Temperature Coefficient of Resistance
Temperature coefficient of resistance, (alpha), is defined as the amount of change of the resistance of a material for a given change in temperature. A positive value of indicates that R increases with temperature; a negative value of indicates R decreases; and zero indicates that R is constant. Typical values are listed in Table 2. Rev. 0 Page 17 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory TABLE 2 Temperature Coefficients for Various Materials
Material Aluminum Carbon Constantan Copper Gold Iron Nichrome Nickel Temperature Coefficient, per C 0.004 0.0003 0 (avg) 0.004 0.004 0.006 0.0002 0.005 For a given material, may vary with temperature; therefore, charts are often used to describe how resistance of a material varies with temperature. An increase in resistance can be approximated from equation (22). Rt where Rt Ro T = = = = higher resistance at higher temperatures resistance at 20oC temperature coefficient temperature rise above 20oC Ro Ro(T) (22) Electric Circuit
Each electrical circuit has at least four basic parts: (1) a source of electromotive force, (2) conductors, (3) load or loads, and (4) some means of control. In Figure 13, the source of EMF is the battery; the conductors are wires which connect the various component parts; the resistor is the load; and a switch is used as the circuit control device. ES02 Page 18 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Figure 13 Closed Circuit A closed circuit (Figure 13) is an uninterrupted, or unbroken, path for current from the source (EMF), through the load, and back to the source. An open circuit, or incomplete circuit, (Figure 14) exists if a break in the circuit occurs; this prevents a complete path for current flow. Figure 14 Open Circuit Rev. 0 Page 19 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory A short circuit is a circuit which offers very little resistance to current flow and can cause dangerously high current flow through a circuit (Figure 15). Short circuits are usually caused by an inadvertent connection between two points in a circuit which offers little or no resistance to current flow. Shorting resistor R in Figure 15 will probably cause the fuse to blow.
Figure 15 Short Circuit Series Circuit
A series circuit is a circuit where there is only one path for current flow. In a series circuit (Figure 16), the current will be the same throughout the circuit. This means that the current flow through R1 is the same as the current flow through R2 and R3. Figure 16 Series Circuit ES02 Page 20 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Parallel Circuit
Parallel circuits are those circuits which have two or more components connected across the same voltage source (Figure 17). Resistors R1, R2, and R3 are in parallel with each other and the source. Each parallel path is a branch with its own individual current. When the current leaves the source V, part I1 of IT will flow through R1; part I2 will flow through R2; and part I3 will flow through R3. Current through each branch can be different; however, voltage throughout the circuit will be equal. V = V1 = V2 = V3. Figure 17 Parallel Circuit Equivalent Resistance
In a parallel circuit, the total resistance of the resistors in parallel is referred to as equivalent resistance. This can be described as the total circuit resistance as seen by the voltage source. In all cases, the equivalent resistance will be less than any of the individual parallel circuit resistors. Using Ohm's Law, equivalent resistance (REQ) can be found by dividing the source voltage (V) by the total circuit current (IT), as shown in Figure 17. REQ V It Rev. 0 Page 21 ES02 DC CIRCUIT TERMINOLOGY Basic DC Theory Summary
The important information concerning basic DC circuits is summarized below. DC Circuit Terminology Summary
There are four types of circuit diagrams. Schematic diagram Oneline diagram Block diagram Wiring diagram Resistivity is defined as the measure of the resistance a material imposes on current flow. Temperature coefficient of resistance, (alpha), is defined as the amount of change of the resistance of a material for a given change in temperature. A closed circuit is one that has a complete path for current flow. An open circuit is one that does not have a complete path for current flow. A short circuit is a circuit with a path that has little or no resistance to current flow. A series circuit is one where there is only one path for current flow. A parallel circuit is one which has two or more components connected across the same voltage source. Equivalent resistance is the total resistance of the resistors in parallel. ES02 Page 22 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS
Each type of DC circuit contains certain characteristics that determine the way its voltage and current behave. To begin analysis of the voltages and currents at each part of a circuit, an understanding of these characteristics is necessary. EO 1.7 Given a circuit, CALCULATE total resistance for a series or parallel circuit. DESCRIBE what is meant by the term "voltage divider." DESCRIBE what is meant by the term "current division." EO 1.8 EO 1.9 Series Resistance
The total resistance in a series circuit is equal to the sum of all the parts of that circuit, as shown in equation (23). RT = R1 + R2 + R3 ... etc. where RT R1, R2, and R3 Example: = = resistance total resistance in series (23) A series circuit has a 60, a 100, and a 150 resistor in series (Figure 18). What is the total resistance of the circuit? Solution: RT = = = R1 + R2 + R3 60 + 100 + 150 310 Rev. 0 Page 23 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Figure 18 Resistance in a Series Circuit The total voltage across a series circuit is equal to the sum of the voltages across each resistor in the circuit (Figure 19) as shown in equation (24). VT where VT V1 V2 V3 = = = = total voltage voltage across R1 voltage across R2 voltage across R3 = V1 + V2 + V3 ... etc. (24) ES02 Page 24 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Figure 19 Voltage Drops in a Series Circuit Ohm's law may now be applied to the entire series circuit or to individual component parts of the circuit. When used on individual component parts, the voltage across that part is equal to the current times the resistance of that part. For the circuit shown in Figure 20, the voltage can be determined as shown below. V1 = IR1 V2 = IR2 V3 = IR3 VT = V1 + V2 + V3 VT = 10 volts + 24 volts + 36 volts VT = 70 volts Rev. 0 Page 25 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Figure 20 Voltage Total in a Series Circuit To find the total voltage across a series circuit, multiply the current by the total resistance as shown in equation (25). VT = IRT where VT I RT Example 1: = = = total voltage current total resistance (25) A series circuit has a 50, a 75, and a 100 resistor in series (Figure 21). Find the voltage necessary to produce a current of 0.5 amps. ES02 Page 26 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Figure 21 Example 1 Series Circuit Solution: Step 1: Find circuit current. As we already know, current is the same throughout a series circuit, which is already given as 0.5 amps. Find RT. RT = R1 + R2 + R3 RT = 50 + 75 + 100 RT = 225 Step 3: Find VT. Use Ohm's law. VT = IRT VT = (0.5 amps)(225 ) VT = 112.5 volts Example 2: A 120 V battery is connected in series with three resistors: 40, 60, and 100 (Figure 22). Find the voltage across each resistor. Step 2: Rev. 0 Page 27 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Figure 22 Example 2 Series Circuit Solution: Step 1: Find total resistance. RT = R1 + R2 + R3 RT = 40 + 60 + 100 RT = 200 ohms Step 2: Find circuit current (I). VT = IRT Solving for I: VT RT 120 volts 200 0.6 amps I I I ES02 Page 28 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Step 3: Find the voltage across each component. V1 = IR1 V1 = (0.6 amps)(40 ) V1 = 24 volts V2 = IR2 V2 = (0.6 amps)(60 ) V2 = 36 volts V3 = IR3 V3 = (0.6 amps)(100 ) V3 = 60 volts The voltages of V1, V2, and V3 in Example 2 are known as "voltage drops" or "IR drops." Their effect is to reduce the available voltage to be applied across the other circuit components. The sum of the voltage drops in any series circuit is always equal to the applied voltage. We can verify our answer in Example 2 by using equation (24). VT 120 volts 120 volts V1 V2 V3 24 volts 36 volts 120 volts 60 volts Parallel Currents
The sum of the currents flowing through each branch of a parallel circuit is equal to the total current flow in the circuit. Using Ohm's Law, the branch current for a three branch circuit equals the applied voltage divided by the resistance as shown in equations (26), (27), and (28). V1 R1 V2 R2 V2 R2 V R1 V R2 V R2 Branch 1: I1 (26) Branch 2: I2 (27) Branch 3: Example 1: I3 (28) Two resistors, each drawing 3A, and a third resistor, drawing 2A, are connected in parallel across a 115 volt source (Figure 23). What is total current? Rev. 0 Page 29 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Figure 23 Example 1 Parallel Circuit IT IT IT Example 2: I1 I2 I3 3A 3A 2A 8A Two branches, R1 and R2, are across a 120 V power source. The total current flow is 30 A (Figure 24). Branch R1 takes 22 amps. What is the current flow in Branch R2? Figure 24 Example 2 Parallel Circuit ES02 Page 30 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS IT = I1 + I2 I2 = IT  I1 I2 = 30  22 I2 = 8 amps Example 3: A parallel circuit consists of R1 = 15, R2 = 20 and R3 = 10, with an applied voltage of 120 V (Figure 25). What current will flow through each branch? Figure 25 Example 3 Parallel Circuit I1 I2 I3 IT IT IT V R1 V R2 V R3 I1 8A 26A I2 120 15 120 20 120 10 I3 8A 6A 12A 6A 12A Rev. 0 Page 31 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Resistance in Parallel
Total resistance in a parallel circuit can be found by applying Ohm's Law. Divide the voltage across the parallel resistance by the total line current as shown in equation (29). RT Example: V IT (29) Find the total resistance of the circuit shown in Figure 25 if the line voltage is 120 V and total current is 26A. V IT 120 26 4.62 RT The total load connected to a 120 V source is the same as the single "equivalent resistance" of 4.62 connected across the source (Figure 26). Equivalent resistance is the total resistance a combination of loads present to a circuit. Figure 26 Equivalent Resistance in a Parallel Circuit ES02 Page 32 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS The total resistance in a parallel circuit can also be found by using the equation (210). 1 RT Example 1: 1 R1 1 R2 1 R3 .... 1 RN (210) Find the total resistance of a 4, an 8, and a 16 resistor in parallel (Figure 27). Figure 27 Total Resistance in a Parallel Circuit Solution: 1 RT 1 RT 1 RT RT 1 R1 1 4 4 16 16 7 1 R2 1 8 2 16 2.29 1 R3 1 16 1 16 7 16 Note: Whenever resistors are in parallel, the total resistance is always smaller than any single branch. Rev. 0 Page 33 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Example 2: Now add a fourth resistance of 4 in parallel to the circuit in Figure 27. What is the new total resistance of the circuit? Solution: 1 RT 1 RT 1 RT RT 1 R1 1 4 4 16 16 11 1 R2 1 8 2 16 1.45 1 R3 1 16 1 16 1 4 4 16 11 16 1 R4 Simplified Formulas
Total resistance of equal resistors in a parallel circuit is equal to the resistance of one resistor divided by the number of resistors. RT where RT R N Example: = = = total resistance resistance of one resistor number of resistors R N Five lamps, each with a resistance of 40, are connected in parallel. Find total resistance. R1 5 R N 40 5 8 R2 R3 R4 R5 40 R N RT ES02 Page 34 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS When any two resistors are unequal in a parallel circuit, it is easier to calculate RT by multiplying the two resistances and then dividing the product by the sum, as shown in equation (211). As shown in equation (211), this is valid when there are only two resistors in parallel. RT Example: R1 R2 R1 R2 (211) Find the total resistance of a parallel circuit which has one 12 and one 4 resistor. R1 R2 R1 R2 (12)(4) 12 4 48 16 3 RT In certain cases involving two resistors in parallel, it is useful to find an unknown resistor, Rx, to obtain a certain RT. To find the appropriate formula, we start with equation (210) and let the known resistor be R and the unknown resistor be Rx. RT R RX R RX RTR + RTRX = RRX RRX  RTRX = RTR RX (R  RT) = RTR RX RT R R RT Cross multiply: Transpose: Factor: Solve for Rx: Rev. 0 Page 35 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Example: What value of resistance must be added, in parallel, with an 8 resistor to provide a total resistance of 6 (Figure 28)? Figure 28 Example Parallel Circuit Solution: RX R RT R RT (8)(6) 8 6 48 2 24 Voltage Divider
A voltage divider, or network, is used when it is necessary to obtain different values of voltage from a single energy source. A simple voltage divider is shown in Figure 29. In this circuit, 24 volts is applied to three resistors in series. The total resistance limits the current through the circuit to one ampere. Individual voltages are found as follows using equation (212). ES02 Page 36 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Figure 29 Voltage Divider Total current: I V R 4 24 8 12 V 24 24 1 amp (212) Voltage drop across AB: V V Voltage drop across BC: V V Voltage drop across CD: V V Total voltage drop AC: V IR (1) (4) 4 Volts IR (1) (8) 8 Volts IR (1) (12) 12 Volts IR (1) (8 4) 12 Volts (1)(12) Rev. 0 Page 37 ES02 BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Basic DC Theory Current Division
Sometimes it is necessary to find the individual branch currents in a parallel circuit when only resistance and total current are known. When only two branches are involved, the current in one branch will be some fraction of IT. The resistance in each circuit can be used to divide the total current into fractional currents in each branch. This process is known as current division. I1 I2 R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 IT (213) IT Note that the equation for each branch current has the opposite R in the numerator. This is because each branch current is inversely proportional to the branch resistance. Example: Find branch current for I1 and I2 for the circuit shown in Figure 30. Figure 30 Current Division Example Circuit ES02 Page 38 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory BASIC DC CIRCUIT CALCULATIONS Solution: I1 I2 R2 R1 R1 R1 R2 R2 IT IT 8 6 6 6 8 8 (24) (24) 8 (24) 14 6 (24) 14 13.71 amps 10.29 amps Since I1 and IT were known, we could have also simply subtracted I1 from IT to find I2: IT I2 I1 I2 I T I1 24 13.71 10.29 amps Summary
The important information in this chapter is summarized below. Basic DC Circuit Calculations Summary
Equivalent resistance is a term used to represent the total resistance a combination of loads presents to a circuit. A voltage divider is used to obtain different values of voltage from a single energy source. Current division is used to determine the current flowing through each leg of a parallel circuit. Rev. 0 Page 39 ES02 VOLTAGE POLARITY AND CURRENT DIRECTION Basic DC Theory VOLTAGE POLARITY AND CURRENT DIRECTION
Before introducing the laws associated with complex DC circuit analysis, the importance of voltage polarity and current direction must be understood. This chapter will introduce the polarities and current direction associated with DC circuits. EO 1.10 DESCRIBE the difference between electron flow and conventional current flow. Given a circuit showing current flows, IDENTIFY the polarity of the voltage drops in the circuit. EO 1.11 Conventional and Electron Flow
The direction of electron flow is from a point of negative potential to a point of positive potential. The direction of positive charges, or holes, is in the opposite direction of electron flow. This flow of positive charges is known as conventional flow. All of the electrical effects of electron flow from negative to positive, or from a high potential to a lower potential, are the same as those that would be created by flow of positive charges in the opposite direction; therefore, it is important to realize that both conventions are in use, and they are essentially equivalent. In this manual, the electron flow convention is used. Polarities
All voltages and currents have polarity as well as magnitude. In a series circuit, there is only one current, and its polarity is from the negative battery terminal through the rest of the circuit to the positive battery terminal. Voltage drops across loads also have polarities. The easiest way to find these polarities is to use the direction of the electron current as a basis. Then, where the electron current enters the load, the voltage is negative (Figure 31). This holds true regardless of the number or type of loads in the circuit. The drop across the load is opposite to that of the source. The voltage drops oppose the source voltage and reduce it for the other loads. This is because each load uses energy, leaving less energy for other loads. ES02 Page 40 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory VOLTAGE POLARITY AND CURRENT DIRECTION Figure 31 Voltage Polarities Summary
The important information in this chapter is summarized below. Voltage Polarity and Current Direction Summary
The direction of electron flow is from a point of negative potential to a point of positive potential. The direction of positive charges, or holes, is in the opposite direction of electron flow. This flow of positive charges is known as "conventional flow." Where the electron current enters the load, the voltage is negative. Rev. 0 Page 41 ES02 KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS Basic DC Theory KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS
Kirchhoff's two laws reveal a unique relationship between current, voltage, and resistance in electrical circuits that is vital to performing and understanding electrical circuit analysis. EO 1.12 EO 1.13 EO 1.14 STATE Kirchhoff's voltage law. STATE Kirchhoff's current law. Given a circuit, SOLVE problems for voltage and current using Kirchhoff's laws. Kirchhoff's Laws
In all of the circuits examined so far, Ohm's Law described the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance. These circuits have been relatively simple in nature. Many circuits are extremely complex and cannot be solved with Ohm's Law. These circuits have many power sources and branches which would make the use of Ohm's Law impractical or impossible. Through experimentation in 1857 the German physicist Gustav Kirchhoff developed methods to solve complex circuits. Kirchhoff developed two conclusions, known today as Kirchhoff's Laws. Law 1: The sum of the voltage drops around a closed loop is equal to the sum of the voltage sources of that loop (Kirchhoff's Voltage Law). The current arriving at any junction point in a circuit is equal to the current leaving that junction (Kirchhoff's Current Law). Law 2: Kirchhoff's two laws may seem obvious based on what we already know about circuit theory. Even though they may seem very simple, they are powerful tools in solving complex and difficult circuits. Kirchhoff's laws can be related to conservation of energy and charge if we look at a circuit with one load and source. Since all of the power provided from the source is consumed by the load, energy and charge are conserved. Since voltage and current can be related to energy and charge, then Kirchhoff's laws are only restating the laws governing energy and charge conservation. ES02 Page 42 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS The mathematics involved becomes more difficult as the circuits become more complex. Therefore, the discussion here will be limited to solving only relatively simple circuits. Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
Kirchhoff's first law is also known as his "voltage law." The voltage law gives the relationship between the "voltage drops" around any closed loop in a circuit, and the voltage sources in that loop. The total of these two quantities is always equal. In equation form: Esource = E1 + E2 + E3 + etc. = I1R1 + I2R2 + I3R3 + etc. Esource = IR where the symbol (the Greek letter sigma) means "the sum of." Kirchhoff's voltage law can be applied only to closed loops (Figure 32). A closed loop must meet two conditions: 1. 2. It must have one or more voltage sources. It must have a complete path for current flow from any point, around the loop, and back to that point. (214) Figure 32 Closed Loop You will remember that in a simple series circuit, the sum of the voltage drops around the circuit is equal to the applied voltage. Actually, this is Kirchhoff's voltage law applied to the simplest case, that is, where there is only one loop and one voltage source. Rev. 0 Page 43 ES02 KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS Basic DC Theory Applying Kirchhoff's Voltage Law
For a simple series circuit, Kirchhoff's voltage law corresponds to Ohm's Law. To find the current in a circuit (Figure 33) by using Kirchhoff's voltage law, use equation (215). E
source = IR (215) Figure 33 Using Kirchhoff's Voltage Law to find Current with one Source 80 = 20(I) + 10(I) 80 = 30(I) I = 80/30 = 2.66 amperes In the problem above, the direction of current flow was known before solving the problem. When there is more than one voltage source, the direction of current flow may or may not be known. In such a case, a direction of current flow must be assumed in the beginning of the problem. All the sources that would aid the current in the assumed direction of current flow are then positive, and all that would oppose current flow are negative. If the assumed direction is correct, the answer will be positive. The answer would be negative if the direction assumed was wrong. In any case, the correct magnitude will be attained. ES02 Page 44 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS For example, what is the current flow in Figure 34? Assume that the current is flowing in the direction shown. Figure 34 Using Kirchhoff's Voltage Law to find Current with Multiple Battery Sources Using Kirchhoff's Voltage Law: Esource 50 70 20 I I IR 30 I 40 I 20 40 0.5 10 I The result is negative. The current is actually 0.5 ampere in the opposite direction to that of the assumed direction. Kirchhoff's Current Law
Kirchhoff's second law is called his current law and states: "At any junction point in a circuit, the current arriving is equal to the current leaving." Thus, if 15 amperes of current arrives at a junction that has two paths leading away from it, 15 amperes will divide among the two branches, but a total of 15 amperes must leave the junction. We are already familiar with Kirchhoff's current law from parallel circuits, that is, the sum of the branch currents is equal to the total current entering the branches, as well as the total current leaving the branches (Figure 35). Rev. 0 Page 45 ES02 KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS Basic DC Theory Figure 35 Illustration of Kirchhoff's Current Law In equation form, Kirchhoff's current law may be expressed: IIN  IOUT = 0 or IIN = IOUT Normally Kirchhoff's current law is not used by itself, but with the voltage law, in solving a problem. Example: Find I2 in the circuit shown in Figure 36 using Kirchhoff's voltage and current laws. (216) ES02 Page 46 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS Figure 36 Using the Current Law Solution: First, apply Kirchhoff's voltage law to both loops. Loop ABCDEF IR = Esource 2 Itotal + 6 I1 = 6 Loop ABGHEF IR = Esource 2 Itotal + 3 I2 = 6 Since Kirchhoff'a current law states Itotal = I1 + I2, substitute (I1 + I2) in the place of Itotal in both loop equations and simplify. Loop ABCDEF 2 (I1 + I2) + 6 I1 = 6 2 I1 + 2 I2 + 6 I1 = 6 8 I1 + 2 I2 = 6 Loop ABGHEF 2 (I1 + I2) + 3 I2 = 6 2 I1 + 2 I2 + 3 I2 = 6 2 I1 + 5 I2 = 6 We now have two equations and two unknowns and must eliminate I1 to find I2. One way is to multiply Loop ABGHEF equation by four, and subtract Loop ABCDEF equation from the result. Multiply by 4: 4 (2 I1 + 5 I2 = 6) 8 I1 + 20 I2 + 24 Rev. 0 Page 47 ES02 KIRCHHOFF'S LAWS Basic DC Theory Subtract: 8 I1 (8 I1 20 I2 2 I2 18 I2 24 6) 18 Now we have an equation with only I2, which is the current we are looking for. 18 I2 I2 18 18 18 1 ampere This circuit could have been solved simply by using Ohm's Law, but we used Kirchhoff's Laws to show the techniques used in solving complex circuits when Ohm's Law cannot be used. Summary
The important information in this chapter is summarized below. Kirchhoff's Laws Summary
Kirchhoff's voltage law states that the sum of the voltage drops around a closed loop is equal to the sum of the voltage sources of that loop. Kirchhoff's current law states that the current arriving at any junction point in a circuit is equal to the current leaving that junction. Since voltage and current can be related to energy and charge, then Kirchhoff's laws are only restating the laws governing energy and charge conservation. ES02 Page 48 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS
All of the rules governing DC circuits that have been discussed so far can now be applied to analyze complex DC circuits. To apply these rules effectively, loop equations, node equations, and equivalent resistances must be used. EO 1.15 Given a simple DC circuit, DETERMINE the equivalent resistance of series and parallel combinations of elements. Loop Equations
As we have already learned, Kirchhoff's Laws provide a practical means to solve for unknowns in a circuit. Kirchhoff's current law states that at any junction point in a circuit, the current arriving is equal to the current leaving. In a series circuit the current is the same at all points in that circuit. In parallel circuits, the total current is equal to the sum of the currents in each branch. Kirchhoff's voltage law states that the sum of all potential differences in a closed loop equals zero. Using Kirchhoff's laws, it is possible to take a circuit with two loops and several power sources (Figure 37) and determine loop equations, solve loop currents, and solve individual element currents. Figure 37 Example Circuit for Loop Equations Rev. 0 Page 49 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory The first step is to draw an assumed direction of current flow (Figure 38). It does not matter whether the direction is correct. If it is wrong, the resulting value for current will be negative. Figure 38 Assumed Direction of Current Flow Second, mark the polarity of voltage across each component (Figure 39). It is necessary to choose a direction for current through the center leg, but it is not necessary to put in a new variable. It is simply I2  I1. Figure 39 Marking Polarity ES02 Page 50 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Third, apply Kirchhoff's voltage law to loops one and two by picking a point in each loop and writing a loop equation of the voltage drops around the loop; then set the equation equal to zero. Figure 40 Applying Voltage Law to Loop 1 Figure 40 shows Loop one. From Point A to Point B, there is an increase in voltage of 8 volts. From Point C to Point D, there is an increase in voltage of 200 (I2  I1). From Point D to Point E, there is a decrease in voltage of 10 volts. From Point E to Point A, there is a voltage decrease of 50I1 volts. The result in equation form is illustrated in equation (216). 8 + 200 (I2  I1)  50 I1  10 = 0 (217) Using the same procedure for Loop 2 of Figure 39, the resulting equation is shown in equation (218). 10  200 (I2  I1) + 40  100 I2 = 0 (218) Fourth, solve equations (217) and (218) simultaneously. First, rearrange and combine like terms in the equation for Loop 1. 50 I1 + 200 I2  200 I1 = 10  8 250 I1 + 200 I2 = 2 Divide both sides by two. 125 I1 + 100 I2 = 1 Rev. 0 Page 51 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Rearrange and combine like terms in the Loop 2 equation. 200 I2 200 I1 200 I1 100 I2 300 I2 10 50 40 Multiplying the Loop 1 equation by 3, and add it to the Loop 2 equation. 3( 125 I1 100 I2 1) 375 I1 200 I2 300I2 300I2 175 I1 3 50 47 Solving for I1: 175 I1 I1 47 47 175 0.2686 amp 268.6 mA Solving for I2 using the Loop 1 equation: 125 (0.2686) 100 I2 100 I2 I2 I2 1 1 33.58 34.58 100 0.3458 amp 345.8 mA The current flow through R1 (50) is I1. The current flow through R2(100) is I2, and through R3(200) is I2  I1: I3 I3 I2 I2 I1 I1 345.8 mA 77.2 mA 268.6 mA ES02 Page 52 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Fifth, apply Ohm's Law to obtain the voltage drops across Resistors R1, R2, and R3: V1 = I1R1 = (0.2686 amps)(50) = 13.43 Volts V2 = I2R2 = (0.3458 amps)(100) = 34.58 Volts V3 = (I2  I1) R3 = (0.0772 amps)(200) = 15.44 Volts Sixth, check the calculations by applying Kirchhoff's Laws: Check 1: Apply Kirchhoff's voltage law to the larger outer loop (Figure 41). Figure 41 Applying Voltage Laws to Outer Loop The sum of the voltage drops around the loop is essentially zero. (Not exactly zero due to rounding off.) 8 13.43 34.58 40 0 0.01 0 Therefore, the solution checks. Check 2: Use Kirchhoff's current law at one of the junctions (Figure 42). Rev. 0 Page 53 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Figure 42 Applying Current Law to Junction The sum of the currents out of the junction is: 0.2686 + 0.0772 = = 0.3458 a 345.8 ma The current into the junction is 345.8 ma. The current into the junction is equal to the current out of the junction. Therefore, the solution checks. Node Equations
Kirchhoff's current law, as previously stated, says that at any junction point in a circuit the current arriving is equal to the current leaving. Let us consider five currents entering and leaving a junction shown as P (Figure 43). This junction is also considered a node. Assume that all currents entering the node are positive, and all currents that leave the node are negative. Therefore, I1, I3, and I4 are positive, and I2 and I5 are negative. Kirchhoff's Law also states that the sum of all the currents meeting at the node is zero. For Figure 43, Equation (219) represents this law mathematically. I1 + I2 + I3 + I4 + I5 = 0 (219) ES02 Page 54 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Figure 43 Node Point By solving node equations, we can calculate the unknown node voltages. To each node in a circuit we will assign a letter or number. In Figure 44, A, B, C, and N are nodes, and N and C are principal nodes. Principal nodes are those nodes with three or more connections. Node C will be our selected reference node. VAC is the voltage between Nodes A and C; VBC is the voltage between Nodes B and C; and VNC is the voltage between Nodes N and C. We have already determined that all node voltages have a reference node; therefore, we can substitute VA for VAC, VB for VBC, and VN for VNC. Rev. 0 Page 55 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Figure 44 Circuit for Node Analysis Assume that loop currents I1 and I2 leave Node N, and that I3 enters Node N (Figure 44). From Kirchhoff's current law: I I1 I2 I3 I3 0 0 I1 I2 (220) Using Ohm's Law and solving for the current through each resistor we obtain the following. I VR R VN R2 VA R1 VB R3 VN VN where VR is the voltage across resistor, R. I3 I1 I2 ES02 Page 56 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Substitute these equations for I1, I2, and I3 into Kirchhoff's current equation (220) yields the following. VN R2 VA R1 VN VB R3 VN The circuit shown in Figure 45 can be solved for voltages and currents by using the nodevoltage analysis. Figure 45 Node  Voltage Analysis First, assume direction of current flow shown. Mark nodes A, B, C, and N, and mark the polarity across each resistor. Second, using Kirchhoff's current law at Node N, solve for VN. I3 VN R2 VN 6 60 8 I1 VA R1 VN 20 4 I2 VN VB R3 VN VN Rev. 0 Page 57 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Clear the fraction so that we have a common denominator: 4 VN 4 VN 13VN VN 3 (60 180 300 23.077 V N) 3 VN 6 (20 120 V N) 6 VN Third, find all voltage drops and currents. V1 V2 V3 VA VN VB VN VN 60 23.077 36.923 Volts 23.077 Volts 20 23.077 3.077 Volts The negative value for V3 shows that the current flow through R3 is opposite that which was assumed and that the polarity across R3 is reversed. I1 I2 I3 V1 R1 V3 R3 V2 R2 36.923 V 8 3.077 V 4 23.077 V 6 4.65 amps 0.769 amps 3.846 amps The negative value for I3 shows that the current flow through R3 is opposite that which was assumed. SeriesParallel Circuit Analysis
When solving for voltage, current, and resistance in a seriesparallel circuit, follow the rules which apply to the series part of the circuit, and follow the rules which apply to the parallel part of the circuit. Solving these circuits can be simplified by reducing the circuit to a single equivalent resistance circuit, and redrawing the circuit in simplified form. The circuit is then called an equivalent circuit (Figure 46). ES02 Page 58 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Figure 46 Redrawn Circuit Example The easiest way to solve these types of circuits is to do it in steps. Step 1: Find the equivalent resistance of the parallel branch: Rp = Step 2: R2 R3 R2 R3 (6) (12) 6 12 72 18 4 Find the resistance of the equivalent series circuit: RT = R1 + RP = 4 + 4 = 8 Step 3: Find total current (IT): IT = V RT 60 V 8 7.5 amps Rev. 0 Page 59 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Step 4: Find I2 and I3. The voltage across R1 and R2 is equal to the applied voltage (V), minus the voltage drop across R1. V2 = V3 = V  ITR1 = 60  (7.5 X 4) = 30 V Then, I2 and I3 are calculated. I2 I3 V2 R2 V3 R3 30 6 30 12 5 amps 2.5 amps Y and Delta Network Calculation
Because of its shape, the network shown in Figure 47 is called a T (tee) or Y (wye) network. These are different names for the same network. Figure 47 T or Y Network ES02 Page 60 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS The network shown in Figure 48 is called (pi) or (delta) because the shapes resemble Greek letters and . These are different names for the same network. Figure 48 (pi) or (delta) Network In order to analyze the circuits, it may be helpful to convert Y to , or to Y, to simplify the solution. The formulas that will be used for these conversions are derived from Kirchhoff's laws. The resistances in these networks are shown in a threeterminal network. After we use the conversion formulas, one network is equivalent to the other because they have equivalent resistances across any one pair of terminals (Figure 49). to Y conversion: Ra Rb Rc Rule 1: R1 R3 R1 R1 R1 R2 R1 R2 R2 R2 R3 R2 R3 R3 R3 The resistance of any branch of a Y network is equal to the product of the two adjacent sides of a network, divided by the sum of the three resistances. Rev. 0 Page 61 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Figure 49 Y  Equivalent Y to conversion: R1 R2 R3 Rule 2: Ra Rb Ra Rb Ra Rb Rb Rc Rc Rb Rc Ra Rb Rc Rb Rc Ra Rc Ra Rc Ra The resistance of any side of a network is equal to the sum of the Y network resistance, multiplied in pairs, divided by the opposite branch of the Y network. ES02 Page 62 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Let us consider a bridge circuit (Figure 50). Figure 50 Bridge Circuit Find Rt at terminals a and d. Step 1: Convert the Y network (be, ec, ed) to the equivalent network. Using Rule 2: R1 R2 R3 Step 2: (20) (20) 1200 20 1200 20 (20) (20) 20 60 60 (20) (20) 1200 20 60 Now, we can redraw the Y circuit as a circuit and reconnect it to the original circuit (Figure 51): Rev. 0 Page 63 ES02 DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Basic DC Theory Figure 51 Y  Redrawn Circuit Step 3: Reduce and simplify the circuit. Note that the 20 and 60 branches are in parallel in Figure 51. Refer to Figures 51 and 52 for redrawing the circuit in each step below. RP Rq Rr RT R1 R4 R1 R4 R1 R5 R1 R5 R3(Rp RQ) (20) (60) 20 60 (20) (60) 20 60 1200 80 1200 80 15 15 1800 90 20 R3 (Rp RQ) 20 20 40 (60) (15 15) 60 30 ES02 Page 64 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT ANALYSIS Figure 52 Steps to Simplify Redrawn Circuit Summary
The important information in this chapter is summarized below. DC Circuit Analysis Summary
The current flow at any element in a DC circuit can be determined using loop equations. The voltage at any point in a DC circuit can be determined using node equations. The equivalent resistance of series and parallel combinations of elements can be used to simplify DC circuit analysis. Rev. 0 Page 65 ES02 DC CIRCUIT FAULTS Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT FAULTS
Faults within a DC circuit will cause various effects, depending upon the nature of the fault. An understanding of the effects of these faults is necessary to fully understand DC circuit operation. EO 1.16 DESCRIBE the voltage and current effects of an open in a DC circuit. DESCRIBE the voltage and current effects in a shorted DC circuit. EO 1.17 Open Circuit (Series)
A circuit must have a "complete" path for current flow, that is, from the negative side to the positive side of a power source. A series circuit has only one path for current to flow. If this path is broken, no current flows, and the circuit becomes an open circuit (Figure 53). Figure 53 Open Series Circuit Circuits can be opened deliberately, such as by the use of a switch, or they may be opened by a defect, such as a broken wire or a burnedout resistor. Since no current flows in an open series circuit, there are no voltage drops across the loads. No power is consumed by the loads, and total power consumed by the circuit is zero. ES02 Page 66 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT FAULTS Open Circuit (Parallel)
A parallel circuit has more than one path for current to flow. If one of the paths is opened, current will continue to flow as long as a complete path is provided by one or more of the remaining paths. It does not mean that you cannot stop current flow through a parallel circuit by opening it at one point; it means that the behavior of a parallel circuit depends on where the opening occurs (Figure 54). Figure 54 Open Parallel Circuit  Total If a parallel circuit is opened at a point where only a branch current flows, then only that branch is open, and current continues to flow in the rest of the circuit (Figure 55). Figure 55 Open Parallel Circuit  Branch Rev. 0 Page 67 ES02 DC CIRCUIT FAULTS Basic DC Theory Short Circuit (Series)
In a DC circuit, the only current limit is the circuit resistance. If there is no resistance in a circuit, or if the resistance suddenly becomes zero, a very large current will flow. This condition of very low resistance and high current flow is known as a "short circuit" (Figure 56). Figure 56 Shorted DC Circuit A short circuit is said to exist if the circuit resistance is so low that current increases to a point where damage can occur to circuit components. With an increase in circuit current flow, the terminal voltage of the energy source will decrease. This occurs due to the internal resistance of the energy source causing an increased voltage drop within the energy source. The increased current flow resulting from a short circuit can damage power sources, burn insulation, and start fires. Fuses are provided in circuits to protect against short circuits. Short Circuit (Parallel)
When a parallel circuit becomes short circuited, the same effect occurs as in a series circuit: there is a sudden and very large increase in circuit current (Figure 57). ES02 Page 68 Rev. 0 Basic DC Theory DC CIRCUIT FAULTS Figure 57 Shorted Parallel Circuit Parallel circuits are more likely than series circuits to develop damaging short circuits. This is because each load is connected directly across the power source. If any of the load becomes shorted, the resistance between the power source terminals is practically zero. If a series load becomes shorted, the resistance of the other loads keeps the circuit resistance from dropping to zero. Summary
The important information in this chapter is summarized below. DC Circuit Faults Summary
An open series DC circuit will result in no power being consumed by any of the loads. The effect of an open in a parallel circuit is dependent upon the location of the open. A shorted DC circuit will result in a sudden and very large increase in circuit current. Rev. 0 Page 69 ES02 Basic DC Theory Intentionally Left Blank ES02 Page 70 Rev. 0 ...
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