Power factor of one

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  1. Steven5757

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    Hello, I am looking to find how a circuits behaves with a power factor of one.
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  2. strantor

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    a heater or resistor
     
  3. wmodavis

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    They usually behave very well.
     
  4. MrChips

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    Power factor equal to one means that the current and voltage are in phase.
    The real power and apparent power are the same.
    The reactance is zero.
    The circuit behaves like a pure resistance.
     
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  5. paulktreg

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    They do indeed behave very well. They must be a pure resistance and the utility companies love them!
     
  6. strantor

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    I misread the question; I read " i'm looking to find a circuit with a power factor of one"
     
  7. KL7AJ

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    Any DC circuit has a power factor of 1
     
  8. Lundwall_Paul

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    A power factor of 1 is ideal!
     
  9. russ_hensel

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    Or perhaps a power factor of 0 is ideal, almost perpetual motion!
     
  10. cork_ie

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    This sums up the situation exactly, very neat answer
     
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