Mesh analysis with current sources

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by inkyvoyd, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. inkyvoyd

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    Hello, I have formulated the following problem similar to a problem in a book I read, but not the same. Using an online circuit editor I have managed to find node voltage calculations to check my work; unfortunately I don't have any idea as to how to incorporate current sources in mesh analysis.
    I have named the leftmost mesh current as I_a, the upper middle as I_b, the lower middle as I_c, and the rightmost as I_d. (And have assumed a clockwise direction for all of them)
    I have formulated the following mesh equation for I_c:

    I have no idea how to formulate the mesh equations for I_a, I_b, and I_d - if you could I would greatly appreciate an example of how to formulate any of the mesh equations for those currents.

    I've done a similar problem before with the current source being part of two meshes (and Wikipedia instructed me to create a supermesh and relate the equations), but I'm not sure how that would apply here.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  2. The Electrician

    AAC Fanatic!

    Oct 9, 2007
    You've got a typo in your one equation; it should be:


    The other 3 equations you need are simply:

    I_a = 4
    I_b = 3
    I_d = -2
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  3. inkyvoyd

    Thread Starter New Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    I see - so the constant current simply determines the current of that series. (I had suspected so, but I was having second doubts.)