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What does inductor do in a circuit?

Last Updated: 12th January, 2020

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An inductor is a passive electronic componentwhich is capable of storing electrical energy in the form ofmagnetic energy. Basically, it uses a conductor that is wound intoa coil, and when electricity flows into the coil from the left tothe right, this will generate a magnetic field in the clockwisedirection.

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Similarly, you may ask, what does an inductor do in a DC circuit?

Inductor in a DC Circuit. AnInductor is a passive device that stores energy in itsMagnetic Field and returns energy to the circuit wheneverrequired. The sudden increase of current in the Inductorproduces an Self Induced Electromotive Force, vemf,opposing the Current change, Figure 1.

Likewise, what does an inductor do in a crossover? A crossover is in essence two frequency filtersections working in parallel. The three main passive elements usedin all crossovers are resistors, inductors, andcapacitors. Impedance is a measure of how much the resistor,capacitor or inductor impedes the flow of electrons at anygiven frequency.

Also asked, what happens when current passes through an inductor?

The current, i that flows through aninductor produces a magnetic flux that is proportional to it.But unlike a Capacitor which oppose a change of voltageacross their plates, an inductor opposes the rate ofchange of current flowing through it due to the buildup of self-induced energy within its magnetic field.

What happens when capacitor is connected to DC?

In Figure 3, the Capacitor is connected to theDC Power Supply and Current flows through the circuit. Oncethe Voltage at the terminals of the Capacitor,vc, is equal to the Power Supply Voltage, vc= V, the Capacitor is fully charged and the Current stopsflowing through the circuit, the Charging Phase isover.

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Why inductors are not used in DC circuits?

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Do inductors work with DC current?

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Why capacitor is used in circuit?

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Do inductors have resistance?

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Do inductors increase current?

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What happens when you pass a DC current through an inductor?

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How energy is stored in inductor?

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What does a capacitor do in a crossover?

Segue to the crossover
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