How should I select an Electrolytic capacitor to get an Offset for an Input. I have a Sinusoidal input wave (around 0, at 10V amplitude above and below 0), and want to offset it by 20V above 0.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Your question would be clearer if you post a schematic showing the sought capacitor. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Oct 14 '13 at 1:05

For this specific scenario you need to consider:

  1. Working voltage: you will have a 20 V difference between the two sides of your capacitor. You probably want to de-rate and choose a cap with at least 40 V WV rating. You should also consider turn-on and turn-off transients and be sure not to exceed your cap's WV rating at any time.

  2. Capacitance: You want the capacitor to present a low impedance at the frequency of your ac signal. "Low" means low enough compared to the source and load impedances that it doesn't affect the circuit operation. Since \$X_C = 1 / (2 \pi f C)\$, you want a larger capacitor value the lower the frequency of your signal.

Of course, as with any other time you're selecting a capacitor, you need to look at operating temperature range, reliability, physical size, etc.


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