2CurrentThe easiest way of evaluating parallel RLC circuits is by the total current method. We calculate the current in each branch and then determine their vector sum. We begin by finding the opposition in each branch. (Refer to Fig. 1A)
15This circuit is capacitive because the current leads the voltage This circuit is capacitive because the current leads the voltage. Note that the smallest reactance in a parallel circuit dominates, since it has the greatest current flow.
16ImpedanceOnce the value of total current is known, impedance can be determined. As always, the impedance of a circuit equals the total voltage divided by the total current. The total current method continues to be our basic method of evaluating AC circuits.
18Frequency ResponseThe best way to consider the circuit’s response to frequencies is to change the frequency from 2500 hertz to, say, 1070 hertz and repeat all calculations. If no other circuit values are changed, we will see what effect the frequency change has.
25Fig. 2 shows the capacitor current at +900, the inductor current at -900, and the vector difference also at - 900, since the inductor current is larger. Remember that the larger current dominates in a parallel circuit. The total current is the vector sum of the resistor current at 00 and the net inductor current.
26IR= AIL= AIXT= AIC= AFigure 2. Vector Sum of Currents at Second Frequency
30In response to the frequency change, capacitive reactance has become larger and its current smaller. Inductive reactance has become smaller and its current larger. Thus, the circuit is now inductive. This result is also evident from the fact that the current is lagging the voltage.