A transmission line may refer to a cable or assembly that is designed to carry radio frequencies and must consider the wave nature of the signal. Coaxial cable is an example of a transmission line. It may also refer to high-voltage power transmission lines, used to transfer power from generating ...

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Shunt capacitor as discontinuity in transmission line

As in the following circuit simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab suppose that an infinite transmission line (with characteristic impedance \$ Z_0 \$) ends upon a ...
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Calculating DC resistance from p.u. impedance

I need to calculate or approximate the DC resistance of a 208.5 km overhead line which has the following information: impedance per unit on 100 MVA base: R = 0.004 X = 0.047 B = 1.049 Is it even ...
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Transmission line: Why do longer traces cause signal reflections?

As the question says, I want to know why do longer traces/longer lengths of non-terminated signals of the PCB cause reflections and not the short length ones? I am ignoring the negligible amount of ...
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How to make proper copper trace transmission line calculations using wCalc?

Oli Glaser gave a fantastic answer to a question regarding termination resistors: Termination resistors: are they needed? I am trying to replicate his wCalc and SPICE simulation calculations for ...
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Does current flow on an open transmission line?

Please take a moment to look at the diagram below: The question is if the lightbulb will momentarily flash when the switch is closed. I think it will but I get the feeling I am wrong. The reason ...
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Confused regarding standing waves on transmission line

I am currently learning about transmission lines form an online book hosted by a website called “All About Circuits”. If anyone is interested, the particular chapter I am currently reading can be ...
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Very odd open-drain output design

I ran across a open-drain design and am baffled by the resistor between the nFET source and ground. There are only two purposes that I see it could serve. 1) It's series source termination, matching ...
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Back reflections at low frequency?

Say I have a signal driver operating at 50 ohm output impedance, driving something with high (hundred kilo-ohm) input impedance. If the wavelength I'm using (a few kilohertz) is much longer than my ...
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What is this object found on transmission lines?

What are the components, circled in red in the figure, on this transmission line ?
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Measure propagation velocity through finite transmission line

I'm currently trying generate a wave in a circuit but am running into the issue of figuring out exactly how to measure the propagation velocity. The circuit diagram is below L1=L2=L3, C1=C2=C3, ...
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Intuitive explanation of Skin Effect?

I'm trying to wrap my head round Skin Depth, we've derived the wave equation from Maxwell's equations, using the conditions that it's a "good conductor" ρ = 0, σ >> ωε and ...
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what is the Input impedance of transmission line, when source frequency contains two frequency components?

what is the Input impedance of transmission line, when source frequency contains two frequency components? I know the expression of input impedance of a TL, but it assumes that only a single ...
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Reading a resolver sensor with a long cable

I am trying to read a resolver sensor attached to a stepper motor through a long cable (500 meters). More specifically with a resolver to digital converter. However I get an error respect to the ...
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Guidelines for twist cables

Which are the guidelines for chose which cables should I twist as a pair? For example, suppose the case in which I have 3 cables. One of Vcc, one of GND and another of signal. Which ones should I ...
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Role of “HDMI Baluns”?

I understand that an HDMI cable contains essentially 4 shielded twisted pairs, along with additional control lines. Each of the twisted pairs is specified, to my understanding, to be a balanced ...
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Voltage on coaxial line - calculation process

Compute the voltage on the end of coaxial line (\$Z_0=75~\Omega\$, \$l=100~m\$,\$\tau=5~ns/m\$) at time \$t=1.6~\mu s\$ after connecting the line to voltage source (\$U_0=6~V\$,\$R_i=0~\Omega\$), if ...
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How is the capacity of link more for single network link

In networks capacity_of_link = bandwidth*propagation_delay My doubt is how can a same wire carry multiple signals? Is is because the wire is very long (still the wire can be either high or low). I ...
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Impedance matching with only capacitors?

I need to do impedance matching for 33 + j32 ohm source and 16.5 + j0 ohm load. The copper traces adds 99 ohm impedance and 20 degree electrical length. According to smith Chart below, I need to use ...
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Which of these Stripline Impedance Calculations is correct?

Different sources are giving me drastically different characteristic impedance values, and am hoping someone will verify them for me. Generally, with microstrip, I start with an online calculator to ...
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Balun/matching network question

I am having problem to verify what an app note (AN068) explains to calculate Balun values. I would appreciate if someone could tell me what/where am I doing wrong? The summary of the RF part: Blue ...
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Transmission Line Impedance Matching Basics

From what I understand, matching a load to a transmission line means that no signal is reflected from the load, which means that at the two sides of the connection point between the load and the ...
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How is the voltage and current plot for a matched transmission line constant?

When the transmission line is terminated with a matched load the voltage on the line is given by V(z)=E e^(jβz). where β is the phase constant of the line. 1)How is the voltage plot a constant for ...
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How to picture sinusioidal wave in transmission line(electrical circuit in general) ?

I have a friend who keeps asking how does a sine wave flow in transmission line. I've tried explaning him that it is the folw of charges in either directions but he isn't convinced yet . Can somebody ...
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Why do transmission line equations use current through inductor rather than capacitor?

I could not fit the title in I actually wanted which was this: In the transmission line equations why is the current difference either side of the inductor used in the capacitative current drop ...
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Power management at thermal power station

I have weird question, but I hope somebody can give at least hint what should I read to understand the concept. Imagine situation: There is thermal power station and a city that takes power from ...
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Waveguides: How can you propagate at only one frequency?

In a rectangular waveguide, we know we can find cut off frequency as a function of mode and geometry. Is there a way to design the waveguide so to ensure that we can limit the frequency of ...
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coplanar transmission line on both sides of a four layer board

I am designing a four layer board in which i have to run two 50 ohm traces one at the top and other at the bottom side of the board. I have decided to use Coplanar wave guide for both the traces. I am ...
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TTL Long Distance Transmission Alternatives

I am working on a system that gets data from a sensor via a TTL connection. Currently, the data that is gathered from the sensor is sent to another part of the system via a set of modems. The ...
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TV antenna problem: Transmission line problem

I have to solve the following problem: A TV antenna lead-in wire 10cm long has a characteristic impedance of 250 \$\Omega\$ and is open-circuited at its end. If the line operates at 400 MHz, determine ...
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Voltages in a transmission line network

I have been using S parameters (and T parameters) to understand the behaviour of transmission lines with inline components, and this has worked very well. Is there a way to use or extend this method ...
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Very long transmission-line design tips

I'm designing a very long transmission line between a master node a some slaves far away connected by a bus where only 3 wires are used: - A DC power supply (24vdc) - B Digital comm - C Ground As ...
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Sending Signals over a Coaxial Cable [closed]

Recently I've been trying to understand how multiple signals can travel along a coax cable. Indeed, I have already read "How are multiple signals propagated in a coaxial cable?", but it doesn't seem ...
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How does the circuit fill up?

I came to know that in transmission line if I send only the phase to the houses and make the neutrals to ground then the circuit works. How does the circuit fill up without having any closed contact ...
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How long of a wire and how big of a load can I have for SPI bus?

I have a system where I will connect up to 128 identical magnometer ICs up to an FPGA. I am trying to decide between SPI and I2C for comms. If I use SPI the setup will require 128 + 3 wires IF all ...
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Do transmission lines induce electric or magnetic fields in towers?

Transmission lines have EM fields around them due to the high amount of current. Do these fields affect transmission towers (metal or otherwise)? If so, would it be possible to estimate the current ...
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How does the impedance that voltage “sees” while traveling down a tranmission line affect how the current move down the line?

It is well known that the voltage sees different impedances while traveling down a tramission line, and this impedance is a function of the intrinsic impedance of the line Zo and tangent of wave ...
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What is actually transformed in quarter wave transformer?

I'm reviewing some stuff on quarter wave transformer for a transmission line but since I have not had any experienced in handling these type of stuff, I am struggling to understand this concept ...
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Impedance line matching and component value matching

I have the following circuit for the SIM900's antenna connection, using the A10393 antenna from digikey: In closer look: First of all my knowledge on RF design is not great. My questions now are ...
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When a voltage pulse is sent through an open transmission line, what happens to the voltage at the end of the line when the pulse is reflected?

From what I understand, the voltage doubles since the reflected and incident pulses add up. But then why don't all open terminations have double the source voltage since we can consider the voltage ...
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Using attenuators to damp reflections on transmission line?

I have a 3m long transmission line that transmits a 100ns bipolar square pulse every 200us. At the beginning of the coax cable is a pulsing circuit board, that generates the waveform, then it sends ...
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Simulate RF transmission lines at Low frequencies

I would like to simulate RF transmission lines in how they propagate, and how impedance mismatches at the end of the transmission line cause reflections and power transfer does not work. It would be ...
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Why is the data rate a function of the length of the transmission line?

The length of a transmission line is limiting the highest possible data rate on that line. Why are faster signals more likely to become corrupted on long transmission lines than on shorter ones, with ...
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PCB RF Layout Critique: Input on my radio-telescope PCB

I'm attempting to do the board layout for a radio-telescope we're building at one of my jobs. Here is the overall system topology: QRFH is for "Quad Ridged Feed Horn". It's a rather esoteric ...
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Why is there no voltage drop along a feedline

This page shows a graph of voltage along a transmission line by distance. Considering the case of a simple purely restive feedline of 50 ohms matched to a load of 50 ohms, I would expect the voltage ...
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Stripline reference plane discontinuity in reference design

According i.MX6 SMART DEVICE SYSTEM of freescale layout board, it uses 8 layers, my question is about the inner layers, they are striplines with a continuos GND plane in one side but in the other side ...
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Tapping energy from high voltage AC transmission lines

The details are hazy as I recollect this from my nipper days.Many, many years ago. “Persons were charged with stealing electricity by placing a large coil, somehow, near high voltage AC transmission ...
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Neophyte question about AC vs. DC (especially for powering a home)

Here in the United States the electricity grid is AC. I have heard that AC allows transmission of power at greater distances with less loss. However, with the advent of solar panels, it would seem ...
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Coplanar waveguide for differential trace calculator

Although there are plenty of free impedance calculators out there, I'm struggling to find one that can solve impedances for a differential pair using coplanar waveguide. Anyone know of any free ...
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Impedance matching and calculating reactance

Design a reactive L network in order to provide impedance matching between transmission line of \$Z_o = 300 + j60\$ and an antenna having impedance of \$80 +j100\$ at the frequency of 1MHz. How ...
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How to find attenuation constant

Propagation constant is in the form P= a+jb (a= attenuation constant b = phase constant) a +jb = ln (x+ jy). How do I separate the real and imaginary part in the RHS so that I can equate the ...