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18th October 2010, 06:45 AM  #11 
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Hi again Irakli,
In your equations you get IT = 46.06A. Using the following calculation I seem to get a different number. (I1= 23A, I2 = 30.9A, I3 = 13.52A) IT = sqrt I1^2 + (I2  I3)^2 = sqrt 23^2 + 30.913.52^2 = sqrt 529 + 302 = sqrt 831 = 28.8A Could you have a look & see what you think, I think this may be correct because IL Lags being Inductive where Ic Leads being Capactive so you have to have (IL  Ic) or (Ic  IL). I just edited this as I had some silly errors! Cheers Last edited by wdcw; 18th October 2010 at 07:12 AM. Reason: Typo Error 
18th October 2010, 07:53 AM  #12 
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LTspice lets you quickly measure and calculate currents and (active) powers, so that you can easily check your calculations.
Here for instance, the total active power is 10.141KW (Alt + left click on V1, then Ctrl + leftclick on the waveform name) (the display window has to be a multiple of the period) 
18th October 2010, 11:04 AM  #13 
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Elvee,
can LTspice be asked for the two power values? the 10.5kW & the 10.2kW. I think your first question and answer are the accurate value of 10.14kW for the lower power of 10.2kW.
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18th October 2010, 11:59 AM  #14 
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Irakli,
I have just drawn a Phasor diagram which I will attach to see if firstly if I could & then to see how things added up by using this method. Your math is correct by the look of it, my calculation above would be correct only with a Purely Inductive & Capacitive Impedance or maybe I should say Inductive Reactance & Capacitive Reactance in that case XL & XC ?. Then there would be a 90deg current Lag for the Inductive Part & A 90deg Lead for the Capacitive part. You would have to subtract one from the other in that case only. From the Phasor diagram I get 46.16A which is very close to what you said & what LTSpice says. I think I have the Phasor diagram drawn correctly if anyone can see I haven't done it correctly could they let me know please. Elvee, Yes LTSpice is a great Tool, I use it a lot but am still just learning about all this so any hints etc are greatly appreciated. Cheers Last edited by wdcw; 18th October 2010 at 12:10 PM. 
18th October 2010, 01:28 PM  #15  
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But S, the apparent power has no physical existence: it is just a convention that we, humans, find convenient to use, and it isn't available as a native function. However, LTspice can also do maths, and any arbitrary function could be programmed if needed. 

18th October 2010, 05:17 PM  #16  
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Your vector (phasor) diagram is correct. That's the right way to do things. By the way, complex numbers are nothing more (for our purposes) then another representation of these vectors. One advice if I may. I strongly recommend not to use simulators at all at this stage and do everything with paper, pencil and simple scientific calculator. first, with simple circuits the math is not complicated. Most importantly, you will learn how things really work (good example is right here spending time with vector diagrams and understanding phase relationships). Also you will learn how to break big problem to smaller ones and isolate the essential things. All this is called good engineering and you can't learn it relaying on simulators.
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18th October 2010, 09:35 PM  #17 
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Hi Irakli,
Yes, I understand what you mean about learning the math etc, this is a good example, I didn't quite understand until I drew the PhasorVector diagram. I am happy I got it correct as it helped me a lot, I am trying to learn some complex math along the way & using the phasor diagrams may help me with this also. I also understand that using programs to work things out for you can hinder the full understanding of things, that's why I thought it best to ask for some help to work this out properly. Thanks for your help with this, I learnt a lot from this, I also learnt how much I don't know Thanks again Elvee, Yes I understand what your saying about LTSpice, I think I also have to learn how to do the math etc to be able to use this correctly as well. It's all very interesting, I only wish I had learnt more some years ago. Thanks everyone, I actually learnt something Cheers 
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