Transient Response of RC Circuit

Transient Response of RC Circuit:

Consider a Transient Response of RC Circuit consisting of resistance and capacitance as shown in Fig. 12.6.

Transient Response of RC Circuit

The capacitor in the circuit is initially uncharged, and is in series with a resistor. When the switch S is closed at t = 0, we can determine. the complete solution for the current. Application of the Kirchhoff’s voltage law to the circuit results in the following differential equation.

By differentiating the above equation, we get

Transient Response of RC Circuit

Equation 12.9 is a linear differential equation with only the complementary function. The particular solution for the above equation is zero. The solution for this type of differential equation is

Here, to find the value of c, we use the initial conditions.

In the Transient Response of RC Circuit shown in Fig. 12.6, switch S is closed at t=0; Since the capacitor never allows sudden changes in voltage, it will act as a short circuit at t=0+. So, the current in the circuit at t=0+ is V/R

Substituting this current in Eq. 12.10, we get

Transient Response of RC Circuit

The current equation becomes

Transient Response of RC Circuit

When switch S is closed, the response decays with time as shown in Fig. 12.7.

Transient Response of RC Circuit

In the solution, the quantity RC is the time constant, and is denoted by τ,

where τ = RC sec

After 5 TC, the curve reaches 99 per cent of its final value. In. Fig. 12.6, we can find out the voltage across each element by using the current equation. Voltage across the resistor is

Similarly, voltage across the capacitor is

At t = 0, voltage across capacitor is zero

The responses are shown in Fig. 12.8.

Power in the resistor

Transient Response of RC Circuit

Power in the capacitor

The responses are shown in Fig. 12.9.

Transient Response of RC Circuit

Updated: February 12, 2020 — 8:28 pm