Date of Award

Fall 1988

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Seitz, Martin A.

Second Advisor

Blumenthal, Robert N.

Third Advisor

Schneider, Susan C.

Abstract

The AC electrical response of cermet and carbon-composition resistors was monitored as a function of frequency (5 Hz :S f :S 13 MHz) and subsequently analyzed using lumped parameter/ complex plane analysis techniques and Bode plots. The variation in temperature (300 0 K ::; T :S 375°K) was employed to delineate equivalent circuit parameters which are representative of competing phenomena occurring in these resistors. The results were rationalized with possible mechanisms, and allowed the systematic development of a representative equivalent circuit.

Comments

The AC electrical response of cermet and carbon-composition resistors was monitored as a function of frequency (5 Hz :S f :S 13 MHz) and subsequently analyzed using lumped parameter/ complex plane analysis techniques and Bode plots. The variation in temperature (300 0 K ::; T :S 375°K) was employed to delineate equivalent circuit parameters which are representative of competing phenomena occurring in these resistors. The results were rationalized with possible mechanisms, and allowed the systematic development of a representative equivalent circuit.

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