c. Response of an RL circuit. An RL circuit has the same effect

on triangular waveforms as an RC circuit if certain changes are

across the inductor in an RL circuit, and the capacitor voltage

waveform occurs across the resistor. The time constant, of course,

is equal to L/R instead of R x C. Also, when a triangular voltage

waveform is applied to an RL circuit, the current increases at a

constant rate. This constant rate of current increase, in turn,

causes the inductor voltage to become constant after 7 time constants.

Section III. HIGHPASS RC CIRCUIT

18.

GENERAL.

When ER is taken as the output voltage, the RC circuit is

known as a highpass filter. A highpass filter attenuates all

frequencies below a certain determined value, while passing

frequencies above this value.

19.

SHORTTIME CONSTANT.

a. The pulse shown in Figure 33B is applied to the highpass RC

filter in Figure 33A. The time constant of the circuit is 1 usec,

which is short compared to the rise (10 usec), duration (30 usec),

and decay (20 usec) times of the pulse. Since the time constant of

this circuit is short when compared with the pulse rise time, the

capacitor charging rate quickly reaches the rate of increase of the

applied voltage. This causes the current and, therefore, the output

voltage across the resistor to level off at a very low value.

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