Module 1—Introduction to Matter, Energy, and Direct Current
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Figure 3-28.—Reference points in a series circuit.
When point B is used as the reference, as in figure 3-29, point D would be positive 50 volts in respect to
the new reference point. The former reference point, A, is 25 volts negative in respect to point B.
Figure 3-29.—Determining potentials with respect to a reference point.
As in the previous circuit illustration, the reference point a circuit is always considered to be at
zero potential. Since the earth (ground) is said to be at a zero potential, the term GROUND is used to denote a
common electrical point zero potential. In figure 3-30, point A is the zero reference, or ground, and the symbol
for ground is shown connected to point A. Point C is 75 volts positive in respect to ground.
Figure 3-30.—Use ground symbols.
In most electrical equipment, the metal chassis is the common ground for the many electrical circuits.
When each electrical circuit is completed, common points a circuit at zero potential are connected directly to the
metal chassis, thereby eliminating a large amount connecting wire. The electrons pass through the metal chassis (a
conductor) to reach other points the circuit. An example a chassis grounded circuit is illustrated in figure 3-31.
Figure 3-31.—Ground used as a conductor.
Most voltage measurements used to check proper circuit operation in electrical equipment are taken in
respect to ground. One meter lead is attached to a grounded point and the other meter lead is moved to various
test points. Circuit measurement is explained in more detail in NEETS Module 3. OPEN
A circuit is said to be OPEN when a break exists in a complete conducting pathway. Although an open occurs
when a switch is used to deenergize a circuit, an open may also develop accidentally. To restore a circuit to
proper operation, the open must be located, its cause determined, and repairs made.
Sometimes an open can
be located visually by a close inspection the circuit components. Defective components, such as burned out
resistors, can usually be discovered by this method. Others, such as a break in wire covered by insulation or the
melted element an enclosed fuse, are not visible to the eye. Under such conditions, the understanding the effect
an open has on circuit conditions enables a technician to make use test equipment to locate the open component.
In figure 3-32, the series circuit consists two resistors and a fuse. Notice the effects on circuit conditions
when the fuse opens.
Figure 3-32.—Normal and open circuit conditions. (A) Normal current; (B) Excessive current.
Current ceases to flow; therefore, there is no longer a voltage drop across the resistors. Each end the
open conducting path becomes an extension the battery terminals and the voltage felt across the open is equal to
the applied voltage (EA).
An open circuit has INFINITE resistance. INFINITY represents a quantity so large
it cannot be measured. The symbol for infinity is ∞. In an open circuit, RT = ∞. SHORT CIRCUIT
A short circuit is an accidental path low resistance which passes an abnormally high amount current. A
short circuit exists whenever the resistance a circuit or the resistance a part a circuit drops in value to almost
zero ohms. A short ten occurs as a result improper wiring or broken insulation.
In figure 3-33, a short is
caused by improper wiring. Note the effect on current flow. Since the resistor has in effect been replaced with a
piece wire, practically all the current flows through the short and very little current flows through the
resistor. Electrons flow through the short (a path almost zero resistance) and the remainder the circuit by
passing through the 10-ohm resistor and the battery. The amount current flow increases greatly because its
resistive path has decreased from 10,010 ohms to 10 ohms. Due to the excessive current flow the 10-ohm resistor
becomes heated. As it attempts to dissipate this heat, the resistor will probably be destroyed. Figure 3-34 shows
a pictorial wiring diagram, rather than a schematic diagram, to indicate how broken insulation might cause a short
Figure 3-33.—Normal and short circuit conditions.
Figure 3-34.—Short due to broken insulation.
A meter connected across the terminals a good 1.5-volt
battery reads about 1.5 volts. When the same battery is inserted into a complete circuit, the meter reading
decreases to something less than 1.5 volts. This difference in terminal voltage is caused by the INTERNAL
RESISTANCE the battery (the opposition to current offered by the electrolyte in the battery). All sources
electromotive force have some form internal resistance which causes a drop in terminal voltage as current flows
through the source.
This principle is illustrated in figure 3-35, where the internal resistance a battery
is shown as R1. In the schematic, the internal resistance is indicated by an additional resistor in series with
the battery. The battery, with its internal resistance, is enclosed within the dotted lines the schematic diagram.
With the switch open, the voltage across the battery terminals reads 15 volts. When the switch is closed, current
flow causes voltage drops around the circuit. The circuit current 2 amperes causes a voltage drop 2 volts across
R1. The 1-ohm internal battery resistance thereby drops the battery terminal voltage to 13 volts. Internal
resistance cannot be measured directly with a meter. An attempt to do this would damage the meter.
Figure 3-35.—Effect of internal resistance.
The effect the source resistance on the power output a dc source may be shown by an analysis the
circuit in figure 3-36. When the variable load resistor (RL) is set at the zero-ohm position (equivalent to a
short circuit), current (I) is calculated using the following formula:
This is the maximum current that may be drawn from the source. The terminal voltage across the short
circuit is zero volts and all the voltage is across the resistance within the source.
Figure 3-36.—Effect source resistance on power output.
If the load resistance (RL) were increased (the internal resistance remaining the same), the current
drawn from the source would decrease. Consequently, the voltage drop across the internal resistance would
decrease. At the same time, the terminal voltage applied across the load would increase and approach a maximum as
the current approaches zero amps. POWER TRANSFER AND EFFICIENCY
Maximum power is
transferred from the source to the load when the resistance the load is equal to the internal resistance the
source. This theory is illustrated in the table and the graph figure 3-36. When the load resistance is 5 ohms,
matching the source resistance, the maximum power 500 watts is developed in the load.
The efficiency power
transfer (ratio output power to input power) from the source to the load increases as the load resistance is
increased. The efficiency approaches 100 percent as the load resistance approaches a relatively large value
compared with that the source, since less power is lost in the source. The efficiency power transfer is only 50
percent at the maximum power transfer point (when the load resistance equals the internal resistance the source).
The efficiency power transfer approaches zero efficiency when the load resistance is relatively small compared
with the internal resistance the source. This is also shown on the chart figure 3-36.
The problem a desire
for both high efficiency and maximum power transfer is resolved by a compromise between maximum power transfer and
high efficiency. Where the amounts power involved are large and the efficiency is important, the load resistance
is made large relative to the source resistance so that the losses are kept small. In this case, the efficiency is
high. Where the problem matching a source to a load is important, as in communications circuits, a strong signal
may be more important than a high percentage efficiency. In such cases, the efficiency power transfer should be
only about 50 percent; however, the power transfer would be the maximum which the source is capable supplying.
You should now understand the basic concepts series circuits. The principles which have been presented are lasting
importance. Once equipped with a firm understanding series circuits, you hold the key to an understanding the
parallel circuits to be presented next.
Q25. A circuit has a source voltage 100 volts and two 50-ohm
resistors connected in series. If the reference point for this circuit is placed between the two resistors, what
would be the voltage at the reference point?
Q26. If the reference point in question 25 were connected to
ground, what would be the voltage level the reference point?
Q27. What is an open circuit?
What is a short circuit?
Q29. Why will a meter indicate more voltage at the battery terminal when the
battery is out a circuit than when the battery is in a circuit?
Q30. What condition gives maximum power
transfer from the source to the load?
Q31. What is the efficiency power transfer in question 30?
Q32. A circuit has a source voltage 25 volts. The source resistance is 1 ohm and the load resistance is 49 ohms.
What is the efficiency power transfer?
PARALLEL DC CIRCUITS
The discussion electrical circuits presented up to this
point has been concerned with series circuits in which there is only one path for current. There is another basic
type circuit known as the PARALLEL CIRCUIT with which you must become familiar. Where the series circuit has only
one path for current, the parallel circuit has more than one path for current.
Ohm’s law and Kirchhoff's
law apply to all electrical circuits, but the characteristics a parallel dc circuit are different than those a
series dc circuit. PARALLEL CIRCUIT CHARACTERISTICS
A PARALLEL CIRCUIT
is defined as one having more than one current path connected to a common voltage source. Parallel circuits,
therefore, must contain two or more resistances which are not connected in series. An example a basic parallel
circuit is shown in figure 3-37.
Figure 3-37.—Example a basic parallel circuit.
Start at the voltage source (Es) and trace counterclockwise around the circuit. Two complete and
separate paths can be identified in which current can flow. One path is traced from the source, through resistance
R1, and back to the source. The other path is from the source, through resistance R2, and back to the source.
Voltage in a Parallel Circuit
You have seen that the source voltage in a series circuit
divides proportionately across each resistor in the circuit. IN A PARALLEL CIRCUIT, THE SAME VOLTAGE IS PRESENT IN
EACH BRANCH. (A branch is a section a circuit that has a complete path for current.) In figure 3-37 this voltage
is equal to the applied voltage (Es). This can be expressed in equation form as:
ES = ER1 = ER2
Voltage measurements taken across the resistors a parallel circuit, as illustrated by figure 3-38 verify
this equation. Each meter indicates the same amount voltage. Notice that the voltage across each resistor is the
same as the applied voltage.
Figure 3-38.—Voltage comparison in a parallel circuit.
Example: Assume that the current through a resistor a parallel circuit is known to be 4.5 milliamperes
(4.5 mA) and the value the resistor is 30,000 ohms (30 k ). Determine the source voltage. The circuit is shown in
Figure 3-39.—Example problem parallel circuit.
Introduction to Matter, Energy, and Direct Current,
to Alternating Current and Transformers, Introduction to Circuit Protection,
Control, and Measurement
, Introduction to Electrical Conductors, Wiring Techniques,
and Schematic Reading
, Introduction to Generators and Motors
Introduction to Electronic Emission, Tubes, and Power Supplies,
Introduction to Solid-State Devices and Power Supplies
Introduction to Amplifiers, Introduction to
Wave-Generation and Wave-Shaping Circuits
, Introduction to Wave Propagation, Transmission
Lines, and Antennas
, Microwave Principles,
, Introduction to Number Systems and Logic Circuits, Introduction
to Microelectronics, Principles of Synchros, Servos, and Gyros
Introduction to Test Equipment
, Radar Principles,
The Technician's Handbook,
Master Glossary, Test Methods and Practices,
Introduction to Digital Computers,
Magnetic Recording, Introduction to Fiber Optics