Frequency Domain Nodal Analysis for RLC circuits
Copyright Stephen Ierodiaconou, 2010
- Circuit diagram editor
- Circuit text description editor
- Circuit text description syntax checking and highlighting
- Frequency domain analysis of the RLC circuits
- Graphing of results (Magnitude and Phase)
- Current sources
- Resistor, Capacitors and Inductors
- Reference (Ground) nodes
For a detailed discussion on RLC circuits see Wikipedia/RLC.
There are a couple of example text format circuits included to try before drawing your own circuit.
Example 1: This is quite a complex circuit composed of a number serial and parallel RLC components. There is a probe at node 4. Click
Start Analysis and have a look at the graphs above. The resonance point of the circuit is obvious! Try also adding a probe at nodes 3 and 5 (add lines
P 3 and
P 5) for example to see some other interesting views of the resonance point.
Example 2: This is a simpler serial RLC circuit. The resonance point is obvious if the probe is changed to node 1.
Usage of Circuit Editor
The circuit editor allows you to draw out a circuit diagram and then have the app automatically generate the text description of the circuit.
The circuit editor works on a drag and drop basis. The components above the editor grid can be dragged into the grid and dropped to place. If the component requires a value you will be prompted for its value. Once the component has been placed you can move it again by simply dragging and dropping.
The component images are standard and thus self explanatory (note that the sources are current sources only) and the triangles are probes.
A number of wire components are included to allow maximum flexibility when designing your circuit.
To remove a component from the grid simply drag to to the
Drag here to Drop cell in the toolbox.
The simulation parameters for the diagram are set above the toolbox. The parameters are: the start frequency in Hz, the stop frequency in Hz and the number of steps between these frequencies to resolve.
When you are happy with your circuit simply click
Convert to Text Format to generate the text description of the circuit.
Usage of Circuit Text Editor
The text area allows editing of the current circuit description. As you edit the circuit the area below shows the highlighted source and any syntax errors in red. Note that anything after an (end)
E, command is ignored.
Description of Circuit Text Format
The circuit format is as follows:
I <node1> <node2> <mag> <phase>: Sources: A current source provides a complex current flowing from
<node2>with a magnitude of
R <node1> <node2> <value>: Resistor with value
C <node1> <node2> <value>: Capacitors with value
L <node1> <node2> <value>: Inductors with value
P <node>: Probes: A probe allows you to visualise the state of a node in the circuit. Any probes in the circuit description will automatically be graphed after the analysis has complete. You can include any number of probes.
F <steps> <start> <stop>: Simulation Information: This command allows you to specify the frequency range and steps for the analysis. The analysis proceeds from
<start>frequency in Hz to
<stop>frequency in Hz over
E: End Description: This command should appear at the end of the circuit description. Anything after it is ignored so can be used to further comments and notes.
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Copyright (c) 2010 Stephen Ierodiaconou (http://www.stephenierodiaconou.com)
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