Published: 29 February 2016
Faced with difficulties in the calculation of the multi-layer coil on a solenoidal former, we have abandoned the simple empirical Wheeler's formula and went by the way of complication of the inductor model and the calculation algorithm. In the case of a multi-layer coil on a rectangular former, which is quite often used, it is obvious that we should go by the same way. This coil can be represented as a set of coaxial rectangular loops and we can calculate the total inductance of the coil as the sum of own and mutual inductances of theese loops.
But we can go further and imagine the coil as a set of straight wires. Each turn is a set of four straight segments. Moreover, mutually perpendicular segments do not interact with each other and their mutual inductance is zero. Using the fact that the rectangle is a symmetric figure, we can perform calculations only for two of its sides. Doubling the result of the calculation, we obtain the total inductance of the coil. The following figure shows two parallel wires unequal length for true understanding of formulas.For such calculations we need to know the following...
- The formula of self-inductance of straight wire:
- L - inductance [µH]
- l = l1 or l = l2 - length of wire [mm];
- r = d/2 - the radius of the conductor [mm];
- More commonly known formula which is a simplification of the above, but we do not it use, because less accurate:
- The formula for mutual inductance of two wire segments of unequal length:
- M - the value of mutual inductance [mH];
- x1 = l1/2 - half the length of the first conductor [mm];
- x2 = l2/2 - the half length of the second conductor [mm];
- D - the distance between the centres of the conductors [mm];
The formula is true for conductors, the centers of which lie on the same axis as is the case for our coil.
Coil is calculated by a numerical method "virtual winding". When you add a new turn, is calculated self-inductance of all its segments, as well as possible mutual induction with all the other segments, taking into account the mutual directions of current in them. In result we obtain the self-inductance of the multilayer coil. At the same time, we calculate DC resistance and length of wire required for winding. In addition to the plug-in "multi_rectangular" to the Coil32 program for Windows, which is available for download from the program menu and calculates such inductor, you can use the online calculator of multi-layer coil on a rectangular former.
The real loop has rounded corners and does not represent a perfect rectangle. This circumstance, as well as the limited accuracy of the original formulas, do not allow to achieve high precision of calculation. The error of calculation is about ±5% of the value of the inductance. We mean that the winding is dense, without gaps and interlayer shims. Despite the low accuracy, this numerical algorithm allows the calculation of arbitrary multi-layer coil on a rectangular former without resorting to searching complicated empirical formulae, are always constrained by the geometry of the winding. Using this algorithm, for example, we can easily calculate the inductance of a multi-turn rectangular loop of large diameter.
- The self and mutual inductances of linear conductors. (E. B. Rosa 1908) - formula  in article reference to formula 9 on p.305. The self-inductance of linear conductor.
- American National Bureau of Standarts circular C74 - formula  in article reference to formula 182 on p.273 with error correction. Mutual inductance of two simmetrically placed unequal wires.