This post tells about step inputs in the capacitive or inductive circuit. Here we consider four cases of step functions with capacitor and inductor.

Let’s first consider current source, driving the capacitor as depicted below.

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Circuit of capacitor driven by current source

The step input of the current source is I=0, t<0I0, t0 that gives us voltage v(t)=0, t<0I0tC, t0. The voltage and current forms are shown below.

Current and voltage waveforms

It clearly shows stored charge in the capacitor, and voltage here is a continuous function of time. However, as we can see the current here discontinuous function of time, and voltage and charge are continuous functions of time here.

Let’s consider voltage source driving an inductor (on the figure below).

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Circuit for inductor driven by voltage source

The voltage waveform is V(t)=0, t0V0, t>0(discontinuous function), current here will be time dependent and continuous function, i(t)=0, t0V0tL, t>0  and so the flux linked to an inductor. Voltage and current functions are depicted on the figure below.

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Voltage and current vaweforms

Let’s consider a circuit, where voltage source driving capacitor (below).

Circuit of capacitor driven by voltage source

The voltage waveform is V(t)=0, t0V0, t>0. As soon as we are dealing with the discontinuous voltage step function, the waveform can be presented as , where  function is depicted below.

At the same time u(t)=tδ(t)dt or δ(t)=du(t)dt and δ(t)dt=1.

As the result we have the following equation for current i(t)=CV0δ(1). Waveforms for voltage and current are depicted below.

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Voltage and current waveforms

Now let’s consider current step source driving inductor (figure below).

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Circuit for inductor driven by the current source

The waveform for current is I(t)=0, t0I0, t>0 and the voltage waveform is v(t)=LI0δ(t, T) (depicted below).

Step inputs with capacitors and inductors
Current and voltage waveforms

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