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Circuit Theorems: Thevenin and Norton Equivalents, Maximum Power Transfer

Dr. Mustafa Kemal Uygurolu

Thevenins Theorem
Any circuit with sources (dependent and/or independent) and resistors can be replaced by an equivalent circuit containing a single voltage source and a single resistor. Thevenins theorem implies that we can replace arbitrarily complicated networks with simple networks for purposes of analysis.

Independent Sources (Thevenin)


RTh VTh +

Circuit with independent sources

Thevenin equivalent circuit

No Independent Sources

RTh

Circuit without independent sources

Thevenin equivalent circuit

Thevenin Equivalent Circuit


Basic steps to determining Thevenin equivalent are

Find vTh
Linear Two-terminal circuit

i=0 + Voc -

RTh VTh +
Voc = VTh

i=0 + Voc -

Thevenin Equivalent Circuit


- Compute the Thevenin equivalent resistance, RTh
(a) If there are only independent sources, then short circuit all the voltage sources and open circuit the current sources (just like superposition).

RTh
Linear circuit with all independent sources set equal to zero.

Rin

Rin
Rin = RTh

Thevenin Equivalent Circuit


(b) If there are only dependent sources, then must use a test voltage or current source in order to calculate RTh = VTest/Itest

RTh
+
Linear circuit with dependent sources

Vtest
-

Itest Itest

Linear circuit with dependent sources

+ -

Vtest

Thevenin Equivalent Circuit


(c) If there are both independent and dependent sources, then compute (i) RTh = VTest/Itest (all independent sources set equal to zero) (ii) compute RTh from VOC/ISC.

RTh

Linear Two-terminal circuit

i = isc

VTh

+
isc = VTh / RTh

i = isc

Example

Example cont.

Example cont.

Ref. KCL at Voc :

Voc Voc 5 + = 3 Voc = 5.5V 2 2

Example cont.

Example cont.

Problem: for the following circuit , determine the Thevenin equivalent circuit.

Solution: Step 1: In this circuit, we have a dependent source. Hence, we start by finding the open circuit voltage Voc = Vab. KCL at node C (5 - Voc)/2 + Voc/4 = 0 Voc = 10 V

Step 2: We obtain the short circuit current Isc by shorting nodes a-b and finding the current through it.

5 = 2 Isc + 3 Isc Isc = 1 A

=>

Isc = 5/5

Step 3: Find the equivalent Thevenin Voltage and Resistance Vth = Voc = Vab = 10V Rth = Voc/Isc => Rth = 10/1 Vth = 10V Rth = 10

Norton Equivalent Circuit


Any Thevenin equivalent circuit is in turn equivalent to a current source in parallel with a resistor [source transformation]. A current source in parallel with a resistor is called a Norton equivalent circuit.

Norton Equivalent Circuit


RTh VTh

IN

RN

VTh = RN I N

IN =

Finding a Norton equivalent circuit requires essentially the same process as finding a Thevenin equivalent circuit.

VTh RTh

RTh = RN

Thevenin/Norton Analysis

1. Pick a good breaking point in the circuit (cannot split a dependent source and its control variable). 2. Thevenin: Compute the open circuit voltage, VOC. Norton: Compute the short circuit current, ISC. If there is not any independent source then both VOC=0 and ISC=0 [so skip step 2]

Thevenin/Norton Analysis

3. Calculate RTh(RN) = Voc / Isc 4. Thevenin: Replace circuit with VOC in series with RTh Norton: Replace circuit with ISC in parallel with RTh Note: for circuits containing no independent sources the equivalent network is merely RTh , that is, no voltage (or current) source.

Only steps 2 & 4 differ from Thevenin & Norton!

Maximum Power Transfer

Maximum Power Transfer


Power delivered to the load as a function of RL.

Maximum Power Transfer

Maximum Power Transfer

Example

Example cont.

Example

Example cont.

KCL at the supernode:

VTh + 17 VTh + 6 5 17 + = 2 VTh = 2 3 3 2 6 3 6 32 64 VTh = = 12.8V = 5 3 5

Example cont.

Example cont.

Example cont.