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# Theory. Charged capacitor used to charge an uncharged capacitor. Many contradictions. Any lights welcome.

A relatively old problem since there are "docs" on Internet about the subject, but they suffer major contradictions.

The problem is about a charged capacitor, 1uF, at 5V, used to charge another uncharged capacitor, also 1uF. What are the final voltages? (That it the simplified problem, that is).

First, there is a need to have a resistor, else, the close loop cannot be equilibrated, or the potential cannot exist, choose the one you prefer. Indeed, without resistor, one of the possible paths passes through the 5V and a parallel path, through the same ending points, passes through a total of 0V. So, we need a not-zero resistor in the model to patch that first inconsistency.

Next, the question about if the caps are in series or in parallel. With the necessity of the presence of the resistor, we should cancel any model based on the caps being in parallel.

Finally, there is an argument about keeping the initial Q Coulomb   (  Q = C V  of the initially charged cap) up to the end  ( Q/2  =  C  V_ending, since it is distributed to the 2 caps.) but that leads to loss in energy ( initial 0.5*^2 *C different than  ending:  2*0.5*C*2.5^2 ). Furthermore, with the obliged equation:  Vc1 = Vr + Vc2  (voltage for the caps and the required resistor), the derivative through time leads to  d(Vr) = d(V1) - d(V2).  So, if the total Q must be kept, d(V1)=d(V2)  and thus, the hypothesis lead to Vr = constant. Which is incoherent.

Thanks to still be here, so my question is about if you are aware of a (theorical)  solution which could, among other things, be applicable to back check by hand the solutions of most of the simulators? The simulators do not, in general, consider the energy, since those implies second degree polynomial equations, not as friendly as linear equations, but it would be fine if the solution can also satisfy the conservation of energy,... if possible :-)

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In this activity on switched capacitors as RC filters it is explained how the charge transferred as the switched capacitor charges and discharges can be viewed as a current through an equivalent resistor:

https://wiki.analog.com/university/courses/alm1k/alm-signals-labs/alm-switched-cap-filter-lab

The current though this equivalent resistor dissipates energy so the math works out.

If the load side of the circuit is also a capacitor then a simple RC low pass filter transfer function is created.

Not sure this will be of any help or just add more to your confusion.

-Doug

• And that approach reduces the dynamic effet to a static one, easier to get some results indeed. Thanks for the input.
For a starting point though, my problem is, for now, of a 0 frequency kind (well, it is a transient, not sure I can call it as a 0 frequency).