# Help finding Mesh current with LTspice

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by loneclock, Oct 16, 2012.

1. ### loneclock Thread Starter New Member

Oct 2, 2012
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I am confused on how to get the mesh current i1, i2, i3 in the picture from the branch currents generated by LTspice.

Here is the circuit:
Note the top resistor is 10kohms.
http://imgur.com/KvoHf&MKr0y&dGfzl

Here is my results:
--- Operating Point ---

V(1): 16.4166 voltage
V(n001): 20 voltage
V(2): 10.0987 voltage
V(3): 12.1718 voltage
V(n002): 10 voltage
I(R6): -0.000217177 device_current
I(R5): -0.00336624 device_current
I(R4): 0.000207305 device_current
I(R3): -0.000424482 device_current
I(R2): -0.00315893 device_current
I(R1): -0.00358342 device_current
I(V2): 0.000217177 device_current
I(V1): -0.00358342 device_current

2. ### WBahn Moderator

Mar 31, 2012
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Write the relationships between the mesh currents and the device currents and then solve for the mesh currents in terms of the device currents.

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3. ### loneclock Thread Starter New Member

Oct 2, 2012
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Thanks, Is there no way to specify for the mesh currents on LTspice?

4. ### Ron H AAC Fanatic!

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See the attachment.

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5. ### WBahn Moderator

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Not really, because simulators work with device currents and mesh currents are fictional abstractions to convert what would otherwise be a rather ad-hoc set of system equations into a very regimented set.

For exterior meshes, you may be able to identify devices that only have a single mesh current in them. In this case, they are equal in magnitude but may have the opposite sign. For interior meshes, each device will normally have two (but can have many more) mesh currents flowing through it.