Simple Transmission Line Question

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  1. xz4chx

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    A measurement of a transmission line at 1 [GHz] has voltage maximum at z= -31 [cm] with a magnitude of 1 [V]. The closest voltage minima (the minima that are the closest to the indicated voltage maximum) are at z = -34 [cm] and -28 [cm] with a magnitude of 0 [V]. Characteristic impedance is 50 [Ω] and place at z=0.

    a) What is the relative permittivity of the line?
    Formulas that could help

     \lambda= \frac {\lambda_0}{\sqrt {\epsilon_r}}

     \lambda_0 = c/f

     \lambda_0 = \frac {3*10^8} {1*10^9} = .3 meters

     \lambda = \delta V_{minima} = 6 centimeters * 10^{-2} = .06 meters

     (\frac {\lambda_0}{\lambda})^2 = \epsilon_r

     \epsilon_r = 25

    My solutions answer is:
     \epsilon_r = 6.25

    which means the ratio of  \frac {\lambda_0}{\lambda} needs to be half of what i got, and i don't understand what i did wrong.
     
  2. w2aew

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    Think about this. For a standing wave, is the distance between the maximum and the closest minimum measured in wavelengths. Or, what is the distance in wavelengths between two consecutive nodes (minimums)? Did you factor this into your calculations?
     
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  3. KL7AJ

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    Here's how you can check your work, using the Velocity Factor. At 1GHz, the wavelength in free space is 30cm. The distance between two nulls, per your measurement is -34-(-28), which is 6 cm, which is 1/2 wavelength. A full wavelength (as measured) is 12 cm. Your velocity factor is 12cm/30cm, which is .4.

    The relative permittivity is the reciprocal of the square of the velocity factor. So 1/.4^2 is indeed 6.25.

    Your calculations are correct, I believe your actual measurements are in error. The VF should be on the order of 80-90% for air dielectric.

    Eric
     
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  4. xz4chx

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    If there is a voltage minima at -34 [cm] and -28 [cm], i don't understand how that is only .5 wavelengths? There is a maximum between them at -31 [cm]. So if the two minima (through) of the wave are at -34 [cm] and -28 [cm], isn't one wavelength from through to through or in this case minima to minima?
     
  5. xz4chx

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    For all my smith chart calculations, my teacher uses a wavelength of 12 [cm].
     
  6. KL7AJ

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    No...minima to minima (or maximum to maximum is 1/2 wave.

    Watch this!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbVbMR6jmSI

    Eric
     
  7. xz4chx

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    If I have the function sin(x)
    Is the minima at 0 or - 1?
     
  8. anhnha

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    I think this may help.
    BTW, this is standing wave. You need to read about that.
    [​IMG]
     
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  9. xz4chx

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    That makes perfect sense. Thank you. I understand it now
     
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  10. anhnha

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