# Admittance calculation of a circuit I am measuring the admittance of a circuit, by switching a load off and on at different loads. The admittance value I got from the measured voltage drop and current flowing through my circuit. The problem is calculation is only good when the circuit is only resistive or having high power factor (0.9 to 1.0). As soon as the inductive impedance value goes up, the admittance measurement shows discrepancies. Can somebody please throw some light on it?

• what is the circuit? How did you measure? My crystal ball says you need to consider spectrum of admittance vs load and step response affects spectrum. Jun 21, 2017 at 19:59
• Normally averaged over one cycle for repetitive switching with duty cycle, d then Z(f)'= Z(f)/d fundamental or with spectrum harmonic content of asymmetry for even harmonics then Z(f)=FFT of V(t)/I(t) = 1/S(f). A true voltage source is expected such that Rs/Z(f) <<1% or if you expect max power transfer as Glenn suggests use conjugate matching Jun 21, 2017 at 20:09
• Sir, Here the resistor R8 is my load and I am measuring the voltage and current across this one. Anytime I connect a new load (in this case R1 to R7), I switch off and on R8 and note down the voltage and current change, (Change in Current)/(change in voltage) gives me my admittance value. But works only till power factor is 0.9 to 1.0, any drop my formula fails !!! Jun 22, 2017 at 19:55
• ΔI/ΔV works in steady state, but during Δt sample interval reactive loads with nonlinear switches with non-ideal components ( R+X(f)) then will be inaccurate unless time constant T is considered. Consider switching a cap voltage instantly: What controls the current? C or ESR actually it is ΔV/(Rs+ESR) for switch with Rs. Jun 22, 2017 at 22:04
• @Kunal Who said (complex) admittance is calculated as change in current over change in voltage? It is calculated as (phasor) current over (phasor) voltage. Am I missing something? By the way, can you share the Simulink model? Sep 22, 2021 at 7:31