RL Series Circuit
Consider a simple RL circuit in which resistor, R and inductor, L are connected in series with a voltage supply of V volts. Let us think the current flowing in the circuit is I (amp) and current through resistor and inductor is IR and IL respectively. Since both resistance and inductor are connected in series, so the current in both the elements and the circuit remains the same. i.e IR = IL = I. Let VR and Vl be the voltage drop across resistor and inductor.
Applying Kirchhoff voltage law (i.e sum of voltage drop must be equal to apply voltage) to this circuit we get,
Phasor Diagram for RL CircuitBefore drawing the phasor diagram of series RL circuit, one should know the relationship between voltage and current in case of resistor and inductor.
- Resistor In case of resistor, the voltage and the current are in same phase or we can say that the phase angle difference between voltage and current is zero.
- Inductor In inductor, the voltage and the current are not in phase. The voltage leads that of current by 90o or in other words, voltage attains its maximum and zero value 90o before the current attains it.
- RL Circuit For drawing the phasor diagram of series RL circuit; follow the following steps:
Step- I. In case of series RL circuit, resistor and inductor are connected in series, so current flowing in both the elements are same i.e IR = IL = I. So, take current phasor as reference and draw it on horizontal axis as shown in diagram. Step- II. In case of resistor, both voltage and current are in same phase. So draw the voltage phasor, VR along same axis or direction as that of current phasor. i.e VR is in phase with I.
Step- III. We know that in inductor, voltage leads current by 90o, so draw VL (voltage drop across inductor) perpendicular to current phasor. Step- IV. Now we have two voltages VR and VL. Draw the resultant vector(VG) of these two voltages. Such as, and from right angle triangle we get, phase angle
CONCLUSION: In case of pure resistive circuit, the phase angle between voltage and current is zero and in case of pure inductive circuit, phase angle is 90° but when we combine both resistance and inductor, the phase angle of a series RL circuit is between 0o to 90o.
Impedance of Series RL CircuitThe impedance of series RL circuit opposes the flow of alternating current. The impedance of series RL Circuit is nothing but the combine effect of resistance (R) and inductive reactance (XL) of the circuit as a whole. The impedance Z in ohms is given by, Z = (R2 + XL2)0.5 and from right angle triangle, phase angle θ = tan- 1(XL/R).
Series RL Circuit AnalysisIn series RL circuit, the values of frequency f, voltage V, resistance R and Inductance L are known and there is no instrument for directly measuring the value of inductive reactance and impedance; so, for complete analysis of series RL circuit, follow these simple steps:
Step 1.Since the value of frequency and inductor are known, so firstly calculate the value of inductive reactance XL: XL = 2πfL ohms. Step 2. From the value of XL and R, calculate the total impedance of the circuit which is given by Step 3. Calculate the total phase angle for the circuit θ = tan - 1(XL/ R). Step 4. Use Ohm’s Law and find the value of the total current: I = V/Z amp. Step 5. Calculate the voltages across resistor R and inductor L by using Ohm’s Law. Since the resistor and the inductor are connected in series, so current in them remains the same.
Power in RL CircuitIn series RL circuit, some energy is dissipated by the resistor and some energy is alternately stored and returned by the inductor-
- The instantaneous power deliver by voltage source V is P = VI (watts).
- Power dissipated by the resistor in the form of heat, P = I2R (watts).
- The rate at which energy is stored in inductor,
Variation of Impedance and Phase Angle with FrequencyThe above diagram shows the impedance triangle. The base of this impedance triangle represents resistance. The resistance is independent of frequency; so, if frequency increases or decreases, resistance remains constant. The formula for inductive reactance is XL = 2πfL. So, if frequency increases, inductive reactance XL also increases and if inductive reactance increases, total impedance of circuit also increases and this leads to variation in phase angle θ with frequency. So, in series RL circuit if frequency increases,
- inductive reactance also increases as it is directly proportional to frequency.
- total impedance Z increases.
- phase angle θ increases.
- resistance remains constant.