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The objective of this activity is to become familiar with the equations that are used to describe two-port networks, measure currents and voltages of a two-port network and learn to use these measurements to calculate any of the two-port parameters, and to learn the use of the table for converting from one set of two-port parameters to another set.

The objective of this activity is to gain familiarity with alternative two-port network parameter sets, to learn to measure the parameter sets, and to demonstrate the operational definition of these parameters.

To determine the impedance, admittance, and hybrid parameter sets for a two-port network.

As in all the ALM labs we use the following terminology when referring to the connections to the ALM1000 connector and configuring the hardware. The green shaded rectangles indicate connections to the ALM1000 analog I/O connector. The analog I/O channel pins are referred to as CH A and CH B.

Study the Background section below.

Read the Wikipedia page on two-port networks. Pay particular attention to the way in which the various parameters in each set (i.e., the z parameters, the y parameters, the h parameters, etc.) are defined.

In theory, a network may have one port, two-ports, or N ports, depending on the number of circuit mesh. The concept of a “port” is shown in figure 1.

Figure 1: Defining network ports.

Figure 1(a) is a one-port network. The port could be either an input or an output, but not both at the same time. The network in figure 1(b) is described by a port on the left, called the input port. The port on the right is usually called the output port. This is a standard convention used in describing two-port networks. In this activity you will be considering networks described as two-port networks. There are four sets of parameters commonly used to describe two-port networks. There is a fifth set which is omitted here because its use is beyond the scope of this activity. The four you will be considering in this activity are: the Z (impedance) parameters, Y (admittance) parameters, H (hybrid) parameters and ABCD (transmission) parameters.

The network inside the “box” of figure 1(b) can contain resistors, inductors, capacitors, transformers, transistors and in general any linear circuit device, including dependent sources but not independent (power generating) sources.

Essentially, there are two ways to view the two-port network problem. First, view the problem as if you were in a laboratory and you actually had a “box” with an input port and output port as shown above. Depending on the parameters one desires to find, measurements are made for currents I_{1} and I_{2} with sources V_{1} or V_{2} connected (other port left open-circuit) and with the other source replaced with a short circuit (zero volts). This becomes clear in the further explanation below. The second way to view the problem is as if you knew the construction of the network and you determined the various open-circuit voltages and short-circuit currents. In both cases one uses open-circuit voltage, shorted terminals, and short-circuit current to determine the parameters. This may sound confusing but the whole process is rather straightforward.

The impedance parameters (z parameters) relate the input and output voltages to the input and output currents by the following two equations:

And,

Or in matrix notation:

The z parameters have units of ohms and are most easily found by applying a set of open-circuit tests on the circuit. When we apply a voltage to the input port with the output port open-circuited, we can measure the input current and output voltage and find the first two z parameters as follows:

I_{2} = 0

And,

I_{2} = 0

We can determine the other two z parameters by applying a similar test to the output port with the input port open-circuited:

I_{1} = 0

And,

I_{1} = 0

Sometimes the impedance parameters do not exist because the voltages cannot be described by the first equation. Therefore, we need alternatives, such as the admittance parameters.

The admittance parameters (y parameters) relate the input and output currents to the input and output voltages by the following two equations:

And,

Or in matrix notation:

The y parameters have units of siemens (or mhos, 1/ohms) and are most easily found by applying a set of short-circuit tests on the circuit. When we apply a voltage to the input port with the output port short circuited, we can measure the input current and output current to find the first two y parameters:

V_{2} = 0

And,

V_{2} = 0

We can determine the other two y parameters by applying a similar test to the output port with the input port short-circuited:

V_{1} = 0

And,

V_{1} = 0

There are occasions where neither the impedance nor the admittance parameters exist, so there is need for still another set of parameters.

The hybrid parameters (h parameters) are based on making V_{1} and I_{2} the dependent variables, and relating them to cross-variables V_{2} and I_{1}. The h parameters satisfy the following equations:

Or in matrix notation:

The h parameters are found using a mix of short and open circuit tests as follows: Short circuit tests:

V_{2} = 0

And,

V_{2} = 0

Open circuit tests:

I_{1} = 0

And,

I_{1} = 0

ABCD parameters are widely used in analysis of power transmission engineering where they are termed as “Circuit Parameters”. ABCD parameters are also known as “Transmission Parameters”. In these parameters, the voltage & current at the sending end terminals can be expressed in terms of voltage & current at the receiving end. The defining equations are given below.

Here “A” is called reverse voltage ratio, “B” is called transfer impedance “C” is called transfer admittance & “D” is called reverse current ratio.

Open circuit tests, I_{2} = 0:

I_{2} = 0 open reverse circuit voltage ratio

I_{2} = 0 open circuit transfer admittance

Short circuit tests, V_{2} = 0:

V_{2} = 0 -short circuit transfer impedance

V_{2} = 0 –short circuit reverse current ratio

Or in matrix notation:

What are the units of parameters B & C? And what are the units of parameters A & D?

Before you start it is a good idea to measure all the resistors to be used in this activity with an Ohmmeter (DMM or ALICE Ohmmeter tool) to confirm that you have the correct values and to record their actual values.

ADALM1000 module

Solderless breadboard

Jumper wires

1 – 68 Ω resistor

2 – 100 Ω resistors

3 – 470 Ω resistors

1 – 1 kΩ resistor

Construct the two-port network on the solderless breadboard as shown in figure . Since the negative terminal of port 1 and negative terminal of port 2 are the same node (i.e. shorted together) only one connection to the ground of the M1k connector is needed.

Figure 2, Two Port Network schematic.

Use the ALICE Meter Source tool to fill in table 1 for each of the four test conditions. Drive port 1 with CH A turned on and set to 5 V DC, with port 2 open (CH B off) and shorted. To “short” port 2 simply set CH B to 0 V and turn it on. Repeat for port 2 by turning on CH B set to 5 V with port 1 open (Cha off) and shorted. To “short” port 1 simply set CH A to 0 V and turn it on.

Table 1

Figure 3, CH A on set to 5 V, CH B off open circuit test.

Figure 4, CH A on set to 5 V, CH B on set to 0 V, short circuit test.

Figure 5, CH A off, CH B set to 5 V open circuit test.

Figure 6, CH A on set to 0 V, CH B on set to 5 V, short circuit test.

Once you have all the measurements for V_{1}, I_{1}, V_{2} and I_{2}, calculate the z parameters, y parameters, h parameters and ABCD parameters.

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