RLC Parallel circuit analysis with solved problem

RLC Parallel circuit is the circuit in which all the components are connected in parallel across the alternating current source. In contrast to the RLC series circuit, the voltage drop across each component is common and that’s why it is treated as a reference for phasor diagrams.

RLC Parallel circuit Diagram

In the circuit diagram, it can be observed that the voltage for the resistor, capacitor, and inductor is the same. Where the resistor current IR, capacitor current I­C, and inductor current I­L are different. All these individual currents are different from each other as well as from the source current I­­­s. Where the vector summation of these individual currents is equal to source current.

Impedance of RLC parallel circuit :

The reciprocal of impedance is called Admittance, symbolized by Y and its unit is Mho, the inverse of Ohm. In contrast to series RLC circuit, in parallel RLC circuit, the total impedance formula is as follow.

$(\frac{1}{z})^{2}=(\frac{1}{R})^{2}+ (\frac{1}{X_{L}-X_{C}})^{2}$

$Z=\sqrt{(\frac{1}{R})^{2}+ (\frac{1}{X_{L}-X_{C}})^{2}}$

A convenient way to calculate the same impedance is to use Admittance Y, by the following formula.

$\frac{1}{Z_{T}}=Y_{1}+Y_{2}+\ldots +Y_{3}$

As impedances add in a series RLC circuit, similarly admittances add in parallel RLC circuit.

Conductance, Susceptance and Admittance :


The reciprocal of impedance is admittance, represented with Y and its unit is Mho or Siemens. The physical meaning of the admittance is, how easily ac current flow in a circuit containing resistance and reactance.


Conductance is the reciprocal of resistance and represented with symbol G and its unit is Mho or Siemens. The physical meaning of conductance is how easily ac current flow through a circuit which contains the only resistance component.


The reciprocal of reactance is called Susceptance B, and its unit is Siemens S. Its physical meaning is how easily current can flow in reactance containing circuit.

Susceptance has opposite signs as compared to capacitive reactance and inductive reactance. Capacitive Susceptance is positive and reactive Susceptance is negative.

Admittance Triangle in RLC Parallel circuit :

Admittance calculation is comparatively easy for parallel circuit than impedance calculation. The admittance, conductance and Susceptance can also be drawn over a triangle, which is known as Admittance triangle.

Admittance triangle is a reflection of impedance triangle along horizontal axis. Where resistance is replaced with conductance, reactance with Susceptance and impedance with admittance.

Impedance triangle of RLC parallel circuit

Applying Phytagourus theorem to the admittance triangle, the admittance can be calculated as





$B_{L}=\frac{1}{\omega L}$

$B_{C}=\omega C$

From the above equations, the admittance is


Where its corresponding impedance will be



L}-\omega C)^{2}}}$

Power Factor in RLC parallel circuit :

The power factor is a ratio telling about how power is utilized for performing the actual work. The PF is represented by the cosine of phase angle.

The cosine of the angle in the above admittance triangle will give us the following equation

$\cos \theta =\frac{G}{Y}$

Example with Solution :

For the following give circuit, find the source current I­S and each branch current I­­R, I­L, and I­C, Impedance Z. Also, draw Admittance triangle and current triangle.

RLC Parallel example circuit diagram

To calculate impedance, we should, first of all, calculate the inductive and capacitive reactance and susceptance

$X_{L}=2\pi fL=2\times 3.14\times 100\times 0.02 $

Where capacitive reactance and Susceptance

$X_{C}=\frac{1}{2\pi fC}=\frac{1}{2\times \pi \times 100\times 5\times

And similarly, conductance is


Now impedance and Admittance will be



The admittance triangle can show all these values of conductance, susceptance and admittance.

Admittance triangle of solved example RLC paralle circuit

The power factor of the circuit is

$\cos \theta =\frac{G}{Y}=\frac{20}{79.5}$

Where the angle between current and voltage is

$\theta =\cos ^{-1}0.25$

To find the current in each branch, we could use the simple formula

$I_{R}=\frac{V}{R}=\frac{50}{50}=1 Amp$

Where the source current is the vector combination of all these
individual currents



The same thing is drawn over vector representation.

Example solution Current triangle

Conclusion :

  1. Resistor, inductor, and capacitor are connected in parallel across an ac source.
  2. Voltage is common in all components and is taken as reference for phasor diagram.
  3. Impedances of RLC parallel circuit, the addition of admittances.
  4. Source current is the vector summation of individual currents.
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