When two circuits are tuned to a self resonant frequency and are then magnetically coupled, the resonance happens at multiple frequencies if they are near. How and why does this happen?

  • \$\begingroup\$ Here is a good paper with the mathematical equations: Basically, you get power, compute derivative, solve by K, and you get different regions... Get more complicated when non resonant circuits.... ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=6363491&tag=1 \$\endgroup\$
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    Sep 25, 2015 at 14:34

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It happens also with capacitively coupled tuned circuits as well. When the coupling is very, very weak, the two resonant circuits are hardly affected by each other. When the coupling is very, very strong the two circuits behave like one tuned circuit. It's the in-between area where "strange" things begin to happen. Here's a picture that shows what it looks like with capacitively coupled tuned circuits. Note that Cs is the series coupler and I've marked on the diagram which curve applies to the Cs value used.: -

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I've automated values in the simulation so that the capacitance of both tuned circuits accommodates the coupling capacitor value so as to stay at the same nominal resonant frequency. This demonstrates that with a 200pF coupler, the resonant frequency is largely seen as a single peak centred at about 100kHz. Note that the AC sweep is from 50kHz to 200kHz.

As the coupling capacitance increases in value, clearly two distinct peaks are seen and these get further from each other as the coupling gets stronger. I'm hoping that someone can mathematically demonstrate this (although the math will be difficult) but basically the two tuned circuits interact and displace each others resonant frequency.


Clear reasons are described in Japanese electronic magazine. https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=ja&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.cqpub.co.jp%2Fhanbai%2Fbooks%2FMSP%2FMSPZ201704.html&edit-text= The reason is, the resonance on the secondary side has a serial resonant frequency and antiresonant frequency. If the secondary side is tuned to the anti-resonant frequency, the power transfer is disturbed when the two coils are close together. At the antiresonant frequency, the phase of the magnetic flux generated by the primary side coil differs from the phase of the magnetic flux generated by the secondary coil by 90 degrees. This is the reason of cause of splitting.. Here, the phase must be 0 degrees. Increasing the time constant on the secondary side solves this problem.Observation of the secondary side resonance from the primary side by using the impedance analyzer


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