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An inductor is a passive electronic component which is capable of storing

electrical energy in the form of magnetic energy. Basically, it uses a


conductor that is wound into a coil, and when electricity flows into the coil
from the left to the right, this will generate a magnetic field in the clockwise
direction.

Presented below is the equation that represents the inductance of an


inductor. The more turns with which the conductor is wound around the
core, the stronger the magnetic field that is generated. A strong magnetic
field is also generated by increasing the cross-sectional area of the inductor
or by changing the core of the inductor.

Let's now assume that an AC current is flowing through the inductor. "AC"
(alternating current) refers to a current whose level and direction change
cyclically over time. When current is about to flow to the inductor, the
magnetic field generated by that current cuts across the other windings,
giving rise to an induced voltage and thus preventing any changes in the
current level. If the current is about to rise suddenly, an electromotive force
is generated in the opposite direction to the current--that is, in the direction
in which the current is reduced--thus preventing any increase in the current.
Conversely, if the current is about to drop, an electromotive force is
generated in the direction in which the current is increased.

These effects of the induced voltage are produced even when the direction in
which the current is flowing is reversed. Before overcoming the induced
voltage that is attempting to block the current, the direction of the current is
reversed so that there is no flow of current.

The current level remains unchanged when DC (direct current) flows to the
inductor so no induced voltage is produced, and it is possible to consider
that a shorted state results. In other words, the inductor is a component
that allows DC, but not AC, to flow through it.

• The inductor stores electrical energy in the form of magnetic energy.


• The inductor does not allow AC to flow through it, but does allow DC to
flow through it.

et me introduce you to another important component in the field of


Electronics and Electricals, the Inductor. Inductor is a passive two-terminal
component that temporarily stores energy in the form of a magnetic field. It
is usually called as a coil. The main property of an inductor is that
it opposes any change in current.

Inductor
According to the Faraday’s law of Electromagnetic induction, When the
current flowing through an inductor changes, the time-varying magnetic
field induces a voltage in the conductor. According to lens law, the direction
of induced EMF opposes the change in current that created it.
Hence, induced EMF is opposite to the voltage applied across the coil.
This is the property of an inductor.

The following figure shows how an inductor looks like.

An inductor blocks any AC component present in a DC signal. The inductor


is sometimes wrapped upon a core, for example a ferrite core. It then looks
as in the figure below.

The following figure shows an inductor with various parts labelled.


Symbols
The symbols of various types of inductors are as given below.

Storage of Energy
One of the Basic properties of electromagnetism is that the current when
flows through an inductor, a magnetic field gets created perpendicular to
the current flow. This keeps on building up. It gets stabilized at some point,
which means that the inductance won’t build up after that. When the
current stops flowing, the magnetic field gets decreased.

This magnetic energy gets turned into electrical energy. Hence energy gets
stored in this temporarily in the form of magnetic field.

Working of an Inductor
According to the theory of Electromagnetic Induction, any varying electric
current, flowing in a conductor, produces a magnetic field around that,
which is perpendicular to the current. Also, any varying magnetic field,
produces current in the conductor present in that field, whereas the current
is perpendicular to the magnetic field.

Now, if we consider an inductor which is made up of a conducting coil and


when some current passes through the inductor, a magnetic field is created
perpendicular to it. The following figure indicates an inductor with magnetic
field around it.

Now, here we have a varying magnetic field, which creates some current
through the conductor. But this current is produced such that it opposes the
main current, which has produced the magnetic field.

If this current is named as Im which means the current produced due to the
magnetic field and the magnetic field is indicated by β, the following figure
indicates it.
This opposing current gains strength with the varying magnetic field, which
gains energy by the input supply frequency. Hence as the input current
becomes more and more AC with high frequency, the resulting opposing
current also gains its strength in opposite direction to the very cause
producing it. Now, this opposing current, tries to stop the high frequency AC
to pass through the inductor, which means “blocking of AC”.