# LC Resonance circuit question

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by warp, Apr 30, 2015.

1. ### warp Thread Starter New Member

Jan 20, 2014
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Hi,
I am trying to make an LC resonant circuit for driving a small resonant transformer and or experimenting with wireless power transfer
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I have noticed that there are quite a few different possible combinations of L and C that will resonate at the same frequency.

What I am looking for is the combination that will give the most aggressive oscillations in the tank.

Can this be calculated by finding the sum of the L and C impedences and choosing the combination that has the lowest values or perhaps by some other means.

Regards.

2. ### WBahn Moderator

Mar 31, 2012
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What do you define an aggressive oscillation?

For a given resonant frequency the product of L and C must be a constant. The ratio of L and C determine the Q factor. The higher the L the better the Q. But you quickly run into practical limitations regarding realizable component values, particularly if you want to keep the parasitic resistances from rearing their ugly heads.

3. ### warp Thread Starter New Member

Jan 20, 2014
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What I was meaning by aggressive was the one that allows the most energy to oscillate backward and forward in the tank. Perhaps this means Q. Actually Im not really sure what Q means. The closest I could gather about that was it has a narrow band width for tuning.

Thanks
Regards.

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4. ### warp Thread Starter New Member

Jan 20, 2014
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did a quick search and came up with

Let's define what Q really is. Q = 2*Pi*(maximum stored energy)/(energy dissipated per cycle) .

That sounds good. Perhaps what I should have asked is what is the best ratio for a resonant transformer.

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5. ### crutschow Expert

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The Q factor is determined by the resistance in the circuit as well as the L and C.
For a series RLC circuit the Q approaches infinity as the resistance goes to zero (Q = ω0L / R).

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6. ### warp Thread Starter New Member

Jan 20, 2014
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Thanks for the tips on Q. I have noticed that when the L value on my colpitts (still on bread board) goes up the input power goes down. Is it storing more energy in the tank needing less to top it up or does less energy circulate in the tank.