# What happens when you disconnect an inductor?

## What happens when you disconnect an inductor?

When your inductor is suddenly disconnected from its source, the inductor now becomes the source and it wants to keep the current flowing in the same direction it was going; ie the current does not reverse! You can see this visually by connecting a scope across the inductor.

## What happens when inductor current is suddenly disrupted?

When you force a sudden change on an inductor (like open a nearby switch), the one thing the inductor keeps constant is its current. (It’s voltage can change abruptly, but its current will not.) Because the current can’t/doesn’t change abruptly, the same current is still flowing down right after the switch opens.

What happens in an inductive circuit?

An inductor consists of a coil of wire wound around an iron or non-magnetic (air) core. Current passing through the inductor establishes a magnetic flux. The resulting magnetic field can store energy that is transferred back and forth between the electric circuit and the magnetic circuit produced by the inductor.

What happens to inductor when switch is closed?

When the switch is first closed, the current through the inductor is zero, because it cannot change instantaneously. This means that the inductor acts like an open circuit, so all the voltage is across the inductor. When this happens, the current is no longer changing, so the voltage across the inductor is zero.

### Can inductor dissipate energy?

Because inductors store the kinetic energy of moving electrons in the form of a magnetic field, they behave quite differently than resistors (which simply dissipate energy in the form of heat) in a circuit. Conversely, to release energy from an inductor, the current through it must be decreased.

### What happens to energy stored in inductor?

Inductors Store Energy. The magnetic field that surrounds an inductor stores energy as current flows through the field. If we slowly decrease the amount of current, the magnetic field begins to collapse and releases the energy and the inductor becomes a current source.

What is a pure inductive circuit?

The circuit which contains only inductance (L) and not any other quantities like resistance and capacitance in the circuit is called a Pure inductive circuit. In this type of circuit, the current lags behind the voltage by an angle of 90 degrees.

Does current flow through inductor after long time?

If you wait long enough, the current in an RL circuit stops changing! At t=0, a capacitor acts like a wire; an inductor acts like a broken wire. After a long time, a capacitor acts like a broken wire, and inductor acts like a wire.

## Do inductors and capacitors absorb real power?

Capacitors and inductors both are capable of absorbing and delivering (positive) power. When power is absorbed by an ideal capacitor, all of it is stored in the form of an electric field. Likewise, all of the power absorbed by an ideal inductor is stored in the form of a magnetic field.

## How does an inductor discharge?

When the current through an inductor is increased, it drops a voltage opposing the direction of current flow, acting as a power load. In this condition, the inductor is said to be discharging, because its store of energy is decreasing as it releases energy from its magnetic field to the rest of the circuit.

What happens if you try to interrupt an inductive current?

If a switch tries to interrupt an inductive current the energy in the magnetic field will keep the current going until there is no more energy in the magnetic field. If precautions aren’t taken the energy is dissipated in the switch. If the energy in the inductor is sufficient, the switch will be damaged or destroyed.

What happens when an inductor is disconnected from a circuit?

I know capacitors can store charge, and when disconnected from a circuit they hold onto that charge. I know inductors store energy in their magnetic field, generated by current flowing through them. What if you wired an inductor in series with a power source, load, and switch and allowed the current to freely flow.

### When does a lagging current indicate an inductive circuit?

A lagging current indicates an inductive circuit. Inductance is the link between electric circuits and magnetic fields. Voltage and current sine waves are in-phase when they peak and cross the zero axis at the same time. However, this rarely happens and only in alternating current (AC) circuits containing pure resistances.

### When is the current interrupted in a resistive circuit?

Current is interrupted at a Zero crossing of the current. If the load is stricly reactive whether lag or leading, the voltage as you know is offset from this current at 90 degrees (theoretically). Thus the voltage is actually at peak. A resistive circuit’s voltage would be at zero when current is zero.