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PHY2028 SimSheet-02
AC Circuit Analysis with SPICE

Background Work

Read the following sections in the SPICE 3 User's Guide:

Practical Session

Circuit 5.2 Low-pass filter.

Exercise 5.2 of Worksheet 5 was to analyse circuit 5.2 by hand. That exercise, you will recall, required some rather tedious algebra and it is much easier to use SPICE. If MacSpice is already running quit and restart it to make sure that the plotnames specified below correspond to the ones you will create. Download the pre-prepared source file (CW121004-08.CIR) for circuit 5.2 and open it with MacSpice. The file contains contains several interactive commands which are executed immediately it is opened - inspect its contents (use MacSpice 'edit' command which will open TextWrangler). Next try the following commands:

  • echo $plots
  • setplot ac1
  • plot db(out)
  • plot phase(out)
  • setplot tran
  • plot in out

In your notebook: write a brief explanation of what each of these commands does, record the frequency and value of the maximum in the frequency response, and sketch the transient response to a step input.

Note: Dragging the MacSpice cursor between two points on a plot will display the difference in their values.

Milestone 1

Circuit 14.1 Bandpass filter.

Write a Spice source file for circuit 14.1 (Reminder: always include a copy of the circuit diagram and the source file in your notebook).

Milestone 2

Investigate the performance of circuit 14.1. In particular:

  1. Plot the frequency response and find the upper and lower -3dB frequencies. How flat is the pass-band?
  2. Plot the phase response.
  3. Calculate the transient response of the filter to a single pulse of amplitude 1V and width 300µs.
  4. Identify the type of filter and give your reasons.

Milestone 3

Circuit 8.2 Passive half-wave rectifier.

CW121004-07.CIR is a Spice version of Circuit 8.2, the passive half-wave rectifier circuit you investigated in the laboratory. Use it to repeat your investigation of this circuit (i.e. Mile 3 of Worksheet 8) using Spice. The transient analysis in the source file uses TSTART=1ms, why?

[Hint: Check that the transient analysis runs over a precise number of cycles. Instead of the DMM use the linearize command to create a new set of vectors interpolated onto equally spaced timepoints, and then use the mean() function. You can use the pointplot keyword with the Plot command to see the effect of the linearisation.]

Milestone 4

Download the PHY2028 SPICE library (PHY2028.LIB) and place it in the Home:Documents:MacSpice: folder. This library contains models and subscircuits (see also PHY2028 Data-sheets) defining the active components to be used in the following exercises.

Circuit 14.2 Full-wave rectifier.

Write a Spice source file to investigate the full-wave rectifier, circuit 14.2. Assume that the diodes are type 1N4148, the AC supply is 50Hz 10Vrms, and select a value of load resistor (R1) so that it passes an average current of approximately 25mA. Sketch the waveform at the output node when C1=10µF. Find what value of C1 would be required if the ripple at the output must be less than 250mV. [Hint: Use "tran 50us 250ms 200ms 50us" to perform the analysis.]

Milestone 5


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