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# Series/Parallel mode in LCR Meter

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#### vinothe83

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Hi everyone,
whenever i am using the LCR meter, i always having an question in my mind. The question is " what is Series & parallel mode in LCR meter?".
For capacitance & resistance, the parallel mode can give the correct value. And for Inductance, the series mode gives the correct value. So i am tring to find the differnce between the two mode. give inputs to understand that.

Thanks,
Vinoth

For C or L with no losses (low D or high Q, Q=1/D) the results from a parallel or series measurement will be identical. Once you have losses in the part (like all real parts), you can model it two ways. For a given frequency, you can put a resistor in series or in parallel. Circuit-wise it isn't always the same, but in terms of AC math, the results are identical. Sometimes it's more convenient to use one model or the other, and some industries/applications tend to use a specific model just because that's the way they've always done it. I have a document on my web site called Handy Electronic Formula Sheet that will show you the relationships between the two models, and a bunch of other stuff that might prove useful. Also download my impedance converter utility on the downloads page which will do all manner of conversions for you, including this one.

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Hi everyone,
whenever i am using the LCR meter, i always having an question in my mind. The question is " what is Series & parallel mode in LCR meter?".
For capacitance & resistance, the parallel mode can give the correct value. And for Inductance, the series mode gives the correct value. So i am tring to find the differnce between the two mode. give inputs to understand that.

Thanks,
Vinoth

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