Part I: Transmission Line Model, Equations and Their Solutions, and the Concept of the Input Impedance to the Line

In the previous article, [1], a concept of the phasor was introduced. This tutorial article is a part of the three-article series devoted to the frequency-domain analysis of a lossless transmission line. First, a time-domain model of a lossless transmission line is shown and used to arrive at the time-domain equations describing it. Next, the time-domain solution is transformed into the phasor domain. Subsequently, the general solution for the voltage and current is presented and followed by the concept of the input impedance to the line.

1. Transmission Line Equations

A lossless transmission line can be modeled as a distributed parameter circuit consisting of a series of small segments of length ∆z as shown in Figure 1.

To obtain the transmission line equations, [2], let us consider a single segment of a lossless transmission line shown in Figure 2.

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The distributed, per-unit-length parameters describing the transmission line are the inductance l in H/m and the capacitance c in F/m.

Writing Kirchhoff’s voltage law around the outside loop results in

(1.1)

or

(1.2)

Dividing both sides by ∆z and taking the limit gives

(1.3)

or

(1.4)

Writing Kirchhoff’s current law at the upper node of the capacitor results in

(1.5)

or

(1.6)

Dividing both sides by ∆z and taking the limit gives

(1.7)

or

(1.8)

Equations (1.4) and (1.8) constitute a set of first order, coupled transmission line equations. These equations can be decoupled, [2], resulting in

(1.9a)

(1.9b)

In a sinusoidal steady state, the transmission line is driven by a sinusoid

(1.10)

which has a corresponding phasor, [1],

(1.11)

In phasor domain, the equations (1.9) become

(1.12a)

(1.12b)

Equations (1.12) describe a wave propagating with the velocity of

(1.13)

This velocity is related to frequency ω, and phase constant β by

(1.14)

From Eqns. (1.13) and (1.14) we obtain

(1.15)

and thus

(1.16)

or

(1.17)

Therefore, Eqns. (1.12) can be expressed as

(1.18a)

(1.18b)

2. General Solution of the Transmission Line Equations

The general solution of Eqns. (1.18) is of the form

(2.1a)

(2.1b)

where the characteristic impedance of the transmission line, ZC, is given by

(2.2)

and the constants and are obtained from the knowledge of a complete transmission line model (as we will show in the next article).

Before proceeding any further, let us verify that the Eqns. (2.1) are indeed the solutions of Eqns. (1.18). First, let us demonstrate this for Eq. (2.1a).

Differentiating Eq. (2.1a) with respect to z gives

(2.3)

Differentiating once more produces

(2.4a)

or

(2.4b)

Thus

(2.4c)

proving that Eq. (2.1a) is the solution of Eq. (1.18a). Next, let us look at the Eq. (2.1b).

Differentiating Eq. (2.1b) with respect to z gives

(2.5)

Differentiating once more produces

(2.6a)

or

(2.6b)

Thus

(2.6c)

proving that Eq. (2.1b) is the solution of Eq. (1.18b).

The solutions in Eqns. (2.1) consist of the forward- and backward-traveling waves, [3],

(2.7a)

(2.7b)

The forward-traveling waves are described by

(2.8a)

(2.8b)

while the backward-traveling waves are given by

(2.9a)

(2.9b)

3. The Complete Circuit Model of a Transmission Line

To determine the voltages and currents along the transmission line we need to consider a complete circuit model consisting of the source, the transmission line, and the load, as shown in Figure 3.

In this model, we are moving from the source located at z = 0, towards the load located at z = l. It is often convenient to use an alternate circuit, shown in Figure 4.

In this alternate model, we are moving from the load located at d = 0, towards the source located at d = l.

4. Concept of the Input Impedance to the Transmission Line

Consider a transmission line circuit shown in Figure 5.

The input impedance to the line at any location z, in (z), is always calculated looking towards the load, regardless whether we use Model 1 or Model 2. Figure 6 shows the equivalent circuit where the circuit to the right of nodes AB has been replaced with the input impedance to the line at that location, [4].

The input impedance can be calculated at any location, including z = 0, as shown in Figure 7.

We refer to this impedance as the input impedance to the line at the input to the line.

References

1. Adamczyk, B., “Concept of a Phasor in Sinusoidal State Analysis,” In Compliance Magazine, December 2022.
2. Adamczyk, B., Foundations of Electromagnetic Compatibility with Practical Applications, Wiley, 2017.
3. Adamczyk, B., “EM Waves, Voltage, and Current Waves,” In Compliance Magazine, April 2021.
4. Ulaby, Fawwaz, et al., Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics, 7th Ed., Pearson, 2014.

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