# Equivalent Resistance Calculation

#### Peter523

Joined Aug 15, 2021
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Hello,
I constructed in Pspice this boost converter :

Could anyone advise me how to calculate the equivalnt resistance of this circuit?

#### Danko

Joined Nov 22, 2017
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Could anyone advise me how to calculate the equivalnt resistance of this circuit?

hi Danko,
This is a Homework problem, we need to see what the TS can calculate.

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Seems I am too old!

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#### ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
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hi Danko,
This is a Homework problem, we need to see what the TS can calculate.

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#### Peter523

Joined Aug 15, 2021
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#### ericgibbs

Joined Jan 29, 2010
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hi Peter,
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#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Ohm's Law establishes a relationship between three quantities. If we know the values for two of them, the third one is determined.

#### crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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Could anyone advise me how to calculate the equivalnt resistance of this circuit?
You change the value of the load slightly and observe the change in voltage.
The equivalent output resistance is then the change in voltage divided by the change in output current.

#### Audioguru again

Joined Oct 21, 2019
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My cheap solar garden lights use that circuit to boost the 0.8V to 1.4V from a single Ni-MH battery cell to 3.5V to light a white or colors changing LED.

#### Peter523

Joined Aug 15, 2021
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Ohm's Law establishes a relationship between three quantities. If we know the values for two of them, the third one is determined.
I tried this. According to Ohms Law R=V/I. Firsty, i put on input 8.4V (on 75u inductor) and the input current was 6.3A meaning that resistance is 1.33 Ohms. When i put as input 6V the current was 9A meaning that resistance is 0.66. So i think that something is wrong.

#### Peter523

Joined Aug 15, 2021
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You change the value of the load slightly and observe the change in voltage.
The equivalent output resistance is then the change in voltage divided by the change in output current.
I would like to calculate the resistance of the whole circuit. According to this method and changing load from 4 to 3 Ohms resistance was calculated to 0.12 Ohms that seems strange.

#### DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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Your circuit is not a resistor. For example, with 0.1 volts in no current is drawn so the resistance appears to be infinite. You need to choose part of the operating range over which you perform crutschow’s calculation in post #7 to find the circuit’s dynamic resistance.

#### Peter523

Joined Aug 15, 2021
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Your circuit is not a resistor. For example, with 0.1 volts in no current is drawn so the resistance appears to be infinite. You need to choose part of the operating range over which you perform crutschow’s calculation in post #7 to find the circuit’s dynamic resistance.
Yes, but in both cases that i considered to perform crutschow's calculation, my circuit transforms the input voltage to standard 12V output. So i mean the circuit is on same operating range.

#### Danko

Joined Nov 22, 2017
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#### crutschow

Joined Mar 14, 2008
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According to this method and changing load from 4 to 3 Ohms resistance was calculated to 0.12 Ohms that seems strange.
Why is that value "strange".
I would expect the dynamic impedance of the circuit to be low.

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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I tried this. According to Ohms Law R=V/I. Firsty, i put on input 8.4V (on 75u inductor) and the input current was 6.3A meaning that resistance is 1.33 Ohms. When i put as input 6V the current was 9A meaning that resistance is 0.66. So i think that something is wrong.
The input voltage fron the voltage source, V2, is a constant 7.2V
The RMS current, I(V2), delivered by V2( a 7.2V source) is 5.3232 Amperes (RMS), as shown by the measurement box in @Danko 's simulation. Those are the numbers you should be considering.

One more thing: RMS stands for Root Mean Square, and it is how to compute the average of an AC waveform for the purpose of computing power and other things. You might be well advised to brush up on this concept.

#### DickCappels

Joined Aug 21, 2008
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@Peter523 with an interest in seeing you get the result you need, how will you apply this information, or is this an academic exercise?

#### Polymorph

Joined Feb 6, 2009
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Resistance only has meaning for a linear load. Or over a very narrow, specified range.
If you want to know what resistor would load the power source as much as this circuit, It is as simple as knowing the efficiency and the output power. That tells you the total power drawn. Then with the power supply voltage, calculate the current draw. Resistance is the ratio of voltage to current.

#### dcbingaman

Joined Jun 30, 2021
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Resistance is defined as V/I. If this value is not constant as V changes then the circuit is non-linear and to talk about it's 'resistance' is meaningless. Unless you are talking about dynamic resistance which is taking dV/dI at a given operating point. That would be the limit of the ratio approached as delta V approaches zero.

#### Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
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Resistance only has meaning for a linear load. Or over a very narrow, specified range.
If you want to know what resistor would load the power source as much as this circuit, It is as simple as knowing the efficiency and the output power. That tells you the total power drawn. Then with the power supply voltage, calculate the current draw. Resistance is the ratio of voltage to current.
The circuit has effectively been linearized about an operating point, and the TS asked for an "equivalent" resistance, which seems like a reasonable request. He is just having some difficulty with the volume of data being thrown at him.