ELECTRONICS TROUBLESHOOTING 

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Active Filter Troubleshooting

 

This animation shows the effect of varying C1 and C2 from .001 uf to .1uf on the frequency response of the Active Low Pass Filter shown below the response curve. 

 

Troubleshoot the circuit's 3 faults below! 

Determine the component failure which caused Fault 1 through Fault 3 shown by below plots. Select faulty component from list below. Hint: Do not give the same answer (1 - 6) twice.

    Note: C1 = C2 = .01 microfarads and R1 = R2 = 10,000 ohms prior to failure.  This implies that only one component is defective.

            1. C1 open
            2. C2 decreased in capacitance (decrease less than 50%).
            3. C1 Leaky.
            4. C2 Leaky.
            5. R1 open.
            6. R2 open       

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Fault 1 Answer

No.2- C2  decreased in capacitance. (Failed C2 = .006uf )

 

 

 

 

 

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Fault 2 Answer

No.1- C1 Open
Note that with C1 open the circuit becomes a simple RC or first order   filter with an op-amp voltage follower.  This results in a reduced roll off rate of about 6db per octave.

 

 

 

 

 

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Fault 3 Answer

No.4- C2 Leaky (Rparallel= 12k)

The voltage divider formed by Rparallel , R1, and R2 causes the normally unity low frequency gain of this circuit to be reduced.