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Parallel Plate Capacitor Capacitance Calculator

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PlateCapacitorCapacitanceCalculator SeeourotherElectronicsCalculators. Thesecalculatorcomputesthecapacitancebetweentwoparallelplates. Thefirstcalculatorismetric,whereasthesecondisinches.Smallvalued capacitorscanbeetchedintoaPCBforRFapplications,butundermost circumstancesitismorecosteffectivetousediscretecapacitors.Various dielectricconstantsarelistedbelow. Equation: C=K*Eo*A/D,whereEo=8.854x1012 where: Kisthedielectricconstantofthematerial, Aistheoverlappingsurfaceareaoftheplates, disthedistancebetweentheplates,and Ciscapacitance A(platearea) d(distance) K(dielectricconstant) Capacitance Capacitance
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C=K*0.2248*A/d A(platearea) d(distance) K(dielectricconstant) C(Capacitance)


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