DC Circuits (14)

Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law

Gustav Kirchhoff's Voltage Law is the second of his fundamental laws we can use for circuit analysis. His voltage law states that for a closed loop series path the algebraic sum of all the voltages around any closed loop in a circuit is equal to zero. This is because a circuit lo...

Kirchhoff’s Current Law

To determine the amount or magnitude of the electrical current flowing around an electrical or electronic circuit, we need to use certain laws or rules that allows us to write down these currents in the form of an equation. The network equations used are those according to Kirchh...

Current Sources

As its name implies, a current source is a circuit element that maintains a constant current flow regardless of the voltage developed across its terminals as this voltage is determined by other circuit elements. That is, an ideal constant current source continually provides a spe...

Voltage Sources

We have seen throughout this Basic Electronics Tutorials website that there are two types of elements within an electrical or electronics circuit: passive elements and active elements. An active element is one that is capable of continuously supplying energy to a circuit, such as...

Star Delta Transformation

We can now solve simple series, parallel or bridge type resistive networks using Kirchhoff´s Circuit Laws, mesh current analysis or nodal voltage analysis techniques but in a balanced 3-phase circuit we can use different mathematical techniques to simplify the analysis of the ci...

Maximum Power Transfer

Generally, this source resistance or even impedance if inductors or capacitors are involved is of a fixed value in Ohm´s. However, when we connect a load resistance, RL across the output terminals of the power source, the impedance of the load will vary from an open-circuit sta...

Nortons Theorem

Norton on the other hand reduces his circuit down to a single resistance in parallel with a constant current source. Nortons Theorem states that "Any linear circuit containing several energy sources and resistances can be replaced by a single Constant Current generator in parall...

Thevenin’s Theorem

In the previous three tutorials we have looked at solving complex electrical circuits using Kirchhoff's Circuit Laws, Mesh Analysis and finally Nodal Analysis. But there are many more "Circuit Analysis Theorems" available to choose from which can calculate the currents and voltag...

Nodal Voltage Analysis

Nodal Voltage Analysis complements the previous mesh analysis in that it is equally powerful and based on the same concepts of matrix analysis. As its name implies, Nodal Voltage Analysis uses the "Nodal" equations of Kirchhoff's first law to find the voltage potentials around th...

Mesh Current Analysis

While Kirchhoff´s Laws give us the basic method for analysing any complex electrical circuit, there are different ways of improving upon this method by using Mesh Current Analysis or Nodal Voltage Analysis that results in a lessening of the math's involved and when large network...

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