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ESR is the "equivalent series resistance" of an electrical component (such as a capacitor or inductor) arising from non-idealities that are always present in the materials used in their construction.

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If ESR for a capacitor is not given, can you use f, C, and Q to calculate it?

To calculate ESR when it is not given, can you use the \$Q\$ value as follows? According to Wikipedia, dissipation factor relates \$Q\$, \$\text{ESR}\$, and \$\tan(\delta)\$ as follows: $$ \frac{1}{Q} ...
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how does ESR change as dielectric barrier increases?

Suppose I have a capacitor with a certain ESR, capacitance, and voltage. Then I double with width of the barrier between the two plates. The voltage will double, the capacitance will halve. What ...
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Peak Current in Electrical Discharge Switch FET

I am in the process of a designing an Electrical Discharge Machine (EDM) pulsed power supply. Many designs use a power FET to switch the voltage from a supply cap to appear across the spark gap where ...
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ESR of tantalum capacitors

I am surprised to see that the ESR of tantalum capacitor for the same package decreases with the capacitances. Here is a series of tantalum capacitor. If the ESR decreases with the capacitances for ...
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Using an ESR Meter to measure in-circuit capacitors' equivalent series resistances with 100kHz test frequency (via MESR-100 ESR Meter)? [closed]

So, I have an image of an ESR Meter from YouTube. It is the relatively popular [Brand Unknown] MESR-100 entry-level standalone ESR meter. Please see image below. So, below the LCD on the faceplate, it ...
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Behavior of a capacitor at start-up

At startup, a fully discharged capacitor behaves like a short circuit, leading to a high surge current. However, why does it exhibit this behavior initially? Upon reasoning, I concluded that during ...
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ESR of ceramic capacitor in this snubber

I am replacing a few fried components on this main board of a washing and drying machine that is rated for 127V and was powered on 380V. It is based around a STR-W6052S. Afer removing the resin and ...
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ESR of X2 RFI suppression film capacitors

I came across a DUAL 1209 turntable and it is equipped with an old 0.1 μF, 275 V RFI suppression capacitor. This thing is not X2 rated or anything, and I am not sure if it is still good, as it is ...
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Output stage filter of a buck regulator and ESR

I am trying to design a two LC stage output filter on a buck converter. And as the needed peak to peak ripple has to be pretty low ~ 1 mV, the overshoot and undershoot need also to be pretty low, I ...
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Understanding inductance and its dependency with frequency

I am trying to understand how to design an inductor that has constant parameters over a wide range of frequencies. Especially over high frequencies because I want to use them for impulse testing ...
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Do I need to match the ESR for the components on this schematic and how?

I'm using this schematic given to me by the TI power designer tools and the passive components all have ESRs attached to them. Do I need to make sure my components have these ESRs to get the desired ...
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Output impedance of the crystal driver

My question is regarding the answers, one and two. Both answers talk about the impedance of the crystal driver output. I'm trying to understand how the crystal driver output impedance will be related ...
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Impact of crystal's ESR on the working of a crystal

I'd like to know how important the value of a crystal's ESR is for the working of the crystal at the right operating frequency. I went through this question which asks for the priority between the ...
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Should I measure ripple current on a replacement capacitor of lowered ESR?

I've changed an 820 μF capacitor on the output of a 1.05 V linear regulator which feeds the PCH (Intel's Platform Controller Hub), or "southbridge", on a PC motherboard.    It's working fine ...
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Selecting a capacitor / ripple current / ESR

I have a small control with a linear power supply, bridge rectifier, and smoothing capacitor. It turns on a motor for just 10 seconds or less and in the worst case only every 3 minutes, but maybe much ...
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Power transformer with four similar secondary windings connected in parallel

I need help with the math that is glossed over in nearly every explanation I can find on the web. I have a transformer with a toroid core and primary that were professionally assembled and rated at ...
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How can I calculate RC circuit impedance and phase difference in parallel?

Most of articles on the web, define capacitor as ideal capacitor. I want calculate impedance and phase difference of this circuit with capacitor ESR. For example : simulate this circuit – ...
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How to find ESR in capacitor datasheet?

I am looking at the datasheet for a relatively ordinary looking aluminum electrolytic capacitor. I cannot find any place in this datasheet that specifies the ESR of the capacitor. Is it normal for a ...
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Given S-Parameters (or Y,Z,T,ABCD), how can you calculate \$Q_C\$ and \$Q_L\$ (or, how do you calculate ESR)?

Background I'm writing a .s2p/Touchstone library for Perl and I'm trying to get the Q value of a component given an S-parameter matrix. The Goal In this case I'm trying to get Q for a 10nF muRata ...
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Is this a valid way to measure/calculate a crystal's ESR with a function generator and current probe?

I've been trying to measure the ESR of some 12 MHz crystals to check how close they are to their specified values. The approach I came up with is to hook up a function generator to the crystal and set ...
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ESR of aluminum electrolytic capacitors [closed]

Is there any way to calculate the ESR of electrolytic capacitors for high frequencies? In aluminum electrolytic capacitor datasheets, the dissipation factor is given with low frequency(100Hz-120Hz) ...
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When taking into account ESR, the effective capacitance of parallel capacitors is not the sum of discrete capacitance?

I am trying to simulate the frequency response of a buck converter's control loop. The vendor's simulation tool is pretty limited and can only include one output capacitor. Therefore, I am trying to ...
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How to calculate specific heat capacity of film and electrolytic capacitors?

I am trying to build a thermal equivalent model of a capacitor and its ESR in Simulink. I know the heat flow rate going into the capacitor, as well as the thermal resistance value, but I am missing ...
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Why does high frequency decoupling require a small capacitor?

Why can't a large ceramic capacitor with low ESR feed at high frequency? Maybe becase of resonance, since the higher freqeuency resonance can be achieved by lower C and ESL both not only equivalent ...
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Finding ESR of LCR circuit?

I have an LCR circuit, and I am trying to find the ESR of a capacitor. I bought a 820uH inductor , and an ultra-low 1000pF capacitor, and a 46.6ohm 1% tolerance resistor. Below is my circuit with ...
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Low ESR capacitor: what does it mean/how to select one?

I'm trying to design a PCB including a TPS5450 step down converter. For the boost capacitor, the datasheet asks for a "low ESR ceramic capacitor": 7.3.5 Boost Capacitor (BOOT) Connect a 0....
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What is the difference between ESR and DCR?

I am measuring the inductance of a large coil using an LCR meter. I am using the series equivalent measurement mode at 100 Hz. Why does the LCR meter show that the ESR is 656 Ohm and why does my ...
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Calculating the real power consumed in a two-port network using its S-parameters

I would like to express the real power consumed in a two-port network using its S-parameters. Assume for simplicity \$\underline{Z}=R\in\Re\$ (1) My idea was using energy conservation: $$ P_{in} = P_{...
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What is the Dissipation Factor of a capacitor useful for in its direct form?

Why do electrolytic capacitor makers provide the low frequency ESR in the form of a dissipation factor (DF) instead of an Ohms value as they do for higher frequency. The DF is rather unwieldy and I ...
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Following is an excerpt from a power electronics textbook. Is the statement true?

As far as I know ESR primarily depends on the type of dielectric. eg: Al electrolytic (higher capacitance value) would have much higher ESR than ceramic (usually lower capacitance value). Say for ...
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Modelling ESR of a parallel plate capacitor

I am trying to model a parallel plate capacitor (on die capacitor generated using metal plates.) I know the capacitance per unit area, and metal sheet resistance. No knowledge of the dielectric. I ...
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Problem in capacitor selection

The SIM800L datasheet suggesting a low ESR capacitor for providing a 2 ampere burst current during data transmission. According to this site MLCC provides the lowest ESR at high-frequency application, ...
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Equivalent series resistance vs. parallel leakage conductance

I am studying a book called RF Circuit Design by Reinhold Ludwig and Gene Bogdanov (2nd Edition). In the first chapter on capacitors, they introduce the loss tangent and equivalent series resistance, ...
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Typically, do same-sized SMD ceramic capacitors with different capacitance have different ESR?

I know that depending on the dielectric, the technology, the company etc, but typically, if say two SMD ceramic capacitors are the exact same size (also of the same technology if you wish,) and their ...
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Powering microcontroller with a capacitor

I have a ESP32-SOLO-1 microcontroller mounted on a moving part of a machine which moves in a circle. The idea is to power it with a capacitor and then charge the capacitor in a fixed location when the ...
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Estimation of Electrolytic Capacitor ESR at SMPS Frequencies

While working on compensation networks or ripple calculations, it helps to know the ESR for my output capacitors. In high voltage SMPS systems, this seems to be difficult for the following reasons: ...
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Do touchstone (s2p) files for capacitors from include the ESR/ESL, or do I need to add an ideal R/L for simulation?

Manufacturers like muRata and AVX provide .s2p files for their RF capacitors. When modeling for simulation in my EDI software, do I need to include the ESR graphed in the datasheet for the frequency ...
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Supercapacitor as PMIC Storage Element

I'm currently trying to design a system that incorporates an ADP5092 which can use a supercapacitor as the storage element but I am also considering other similar PMIC chips so this is more for ...
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Capacitors: 200 mOhm ESR @ 100 Hz, attainable?

The MLCCs in 0805 case seem to have one or two orders of magnitude higher ESRs at that frequency. Are there any such low ESR caps out there, preferably 0805 MLCC but not compulsory? It is a 220 nF cap ...
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Capacitor ESR Calculation

I'm trying to perform esr calculations of this capacitor(1uF): https://alconelectronics.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/KP-6-JUNE-2019.pdf to do that I need to know dissipation factor and at the bottom ...
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State-space average model of non-ideal buck converter

I've been learning power electronics and am trying to design a dual-switch forward converter. One of the things I've been trying to do is derive the small-signal equivalent circuit of the non-ideal ...
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Is there a reliable way to read an in-circuit capacitor? [duplicate]

Is there a reliable way to read an in-circuit capacitor? I have a PCB-type ESR meter with a zero-force insertion socket that works for components, but do not have a meter that was designed to read ...
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Buck Converter Capacitor and Inductor Characteristics

I'm trying to make a buck converter with this mickey-mouse MC34063A chip that will step-down +5V to +3V3 up to 500 milliamps. I've gone through the calculations by hand and validated them with an ...
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Difference between "|Z|" and "Resistance" in capacitor datasheet?

I'm shopping for capacitors, and I expect good capacitor datasheets to have a graph of |Z| (the magnitude of the capacitor's impedance) as a function of frequency. I was confused when I looked at ...
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Capacitor Impedance ESR vs Frequency Curve

Yageo's SMT capacitor datasheet lists the ESR vs. Frequency Curve show below: Note that impedance (Z) is listed in units (W). How can this be understood? Why is impedance seemingly not measured in ...
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Strange Behaviour of Lipo Battery ESR during charging

I performed three charge tests on a single cell 190mAh Li-Po battery with Keithley Battery Simulator instrument. Charging started at 3V and stopped at 4.20V in all tests. After completing the three ...
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Low ESR capcitors for switching pre-regulator (LM2596)

In LM2596 switching regulator datasheet suggested to use low ESR capacitors. since I'm going to use LM2596 as a pre-regulator for a linear regulator to reduce the voltage drop on linear regulator, is ...
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Bulk Capacitor Ripple Current as a Function of Capacitance

When you have a bulk capacitor on a time varying load, what is the relationship between the capacitance of the bulk capacitor, the ESR of the bulk capacitor and the ripple current through the bulk ...
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How to convert capacitor impedance to ESR?

I select an output capacitor for a DC / DC converter (LM2596), it is said that it needs a high ESR (50-60mOhm). In the characteristics of electrolytic capacitors there is no given value, but there is ...
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stm32f7x2Rx vcap1 finding a suitable low ESR capacitor

According AN4661 In the STM32F7x2Rx devices, only the VCAP1 pin is available and must be connected to 4.7 µF low ESR between 0.1Ω and 0.2Ω ceramic capacitor. So how do I go about finding a ...
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