Superposition Theorem with Solved Examples

Hi friends, here are going to learn a superposition theorem. We will also solve on simple example using superposition theorem.

Statement of Superposition Theorem

Superposition theorem states that, the responce in any element of LTI linear, bilateral network containing more than one sources is the sum of the responses produced by the sources each acting independently.

The superposition theorem is not applicable for the power, as power is directly proportional to the square of the current which is not a linear function.

Steps

  1. Select any one source and short all other voltage sources  and open all current sources if internal impedance is not known. If known replace them by their impedance.
  2. Find out the current or voltage across the required element, due to the source under consideration.
  3. Repeat the above steps for all other sources.
  4. Add all the individual effects produced by individual sources to obtain the total current in or across the voltage element.

Example

Using the superposition theorem, determine the voltage drop and current across the resistor 3.3K as shown in figure below.

superposition theorem 1

Solution

Step 1: Remove the 8V power supply from the original circuit, such that the new circuit becomes as the following and then measure voltage across resistor.

superposition theorem 2

Here 3.3K and 2K are in parallel, therefore resultant resistance will be 1.245K.

Using voltage divider rule voltage across 1.245K will be

V1= [1.245/(1.245+4.7)]*5 = 1.047V

Step 2: Remove the 5V power supply from the original circuit such that the new circuit becomes as the following and then measure voltage across resistor.

superposition theorem 3

Here 3.3K and 4.7K are in parallel, therefore resultant resistance will be 1.938K.

Using voltage divider rule voltage across 1.938K will be

V2= [1.938/(1.938+2)]*8 = 3.9377V

Therefore voltage drop across 3.3K resistor is V1+V2 = 1.047+3.9377=4.9847

You may also like

If you like this article, please share it with your friends and like or facebook page for future updates. Subscribe to our newsletter to get notifications about our updates via email. If you have any queries, feel free to ask in the comments section below. Have a nice day!

Tags: superposition theorem solved problems, superposition theorem examples, superposition principle.

9 thoughts on “Superposition Theorem with Solved Examples”

    1. if u know about source transformation. Convert the given voltage source into current source parellel with resistance. and u can easily find out the value of current. if ur feeling difficult then u apply kvl or kcl. thank you

    1. simple.. first u hv to cosider either current source or voltage source then u will get quation and after solving the equation then u hv to consider again another source except whuch u hv used already then again u will get another equation and then sum of both the equation will be equal to current i

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *