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Co-Axial Cable

Coaxial Cable

Introduction of Co-axial cables:

  • Coaxial cable is a two conductor electrical cable, which consists of a center conductor and an outer conductor with an insulating dielectric material between the two. It is also referred as "Coax".

  • Coaxial cable is called "coaxial" because one would find a single center solid wire symmetrically surrounded by another concentric physical channel, both running along the same axis.

  • Data is transmitted through the center wire, while the outer braided layer serves as a line to ground. The dielectric has a large effect on the fundamental characteristics of the cable, where dielectric is an insulator that separates the center conductor and shielding.

  • Coaxial cable was invented in 1929 and first used commercially in 1941. AT&T established its first cross-continental coaxial transmission system in 1940 which could carry 8.5-kHz broadcast channel and seven telephone channels. At present, Co-axial can transmit information at the max frequency range of upto 2000GHz.

  • The characteristic impedance is on of the characteristic of co-axial which is defined as the ratio of the amplitudes of a single pair of voltage and current wave propagating along an infinitely long transmission line with absence of any reflections. It measures like resistance when dealing with co-axial cable.The characteristic impedance of this cable depends on the dielectric material and the radii of each conducting material.

  • It is least expensive, most reliable, more convenient, and easily maintained way of transferring electronic Information.

  • The advantage of the braided shield is that it protects the information transferred from the center conductor from the external electromagnetic interference.

  • Co-axial have standard impedance of 50 ohms to 75 ohms.

  • Construction of Coaxial Cable

    Classification of Co-axial cables:

    Various types of coax are Hard Line, Radiating or Leaky,RG-6, Triaxial, Twin-axial, Bi-axial, Semi Rigid ,Rigid Line.

    RG-6 and RG-59/U are widely used coax where "RG" stands for Radio Guide and 'U'stands for A universal specification.

    Tpyes of Coaxial Cable Tpyes of Coaxial Cable Tpyes of Coaxial Cable Tpyes of Coaxial Cable

    Co-Axial Connector:

    At each end of a cable, connectors are required for further interface of cable with other system. The various kind of connectors used are BNC, SMA, SMB, F, etc.

    Connectors of Coaxial Cable

    Important Concepts:

    1.Skin Effect:
  • The skin effect is the description given to the phenomenon where electromagnetic fields (and therefore the current) decay rapidly with depth inside a good conductor in other words it is the tendency of an alternating electric current(AC) to become spread within a conductor in such a way that the current density is largest near the surface(skin) of the conductor, and decreases with greater depths in the conductor.

  • The electric current flows mainly at the "skin" of the conductor, between the outer surface and a level called the skin depth.

  • The effect becomes more and more apparent as the frequency increases.

  • Skin Effect of Coaxial Cable
    2.Velocity Propagation :
  • It is the transmission speed of electrical energy in a determined length of cable as compared to speed of light.

    Mathematics :

    Calculation of characteristic impedance:
    Characteristic Impedance of Coaxial Cable

    Calculation of attenuation:
    Attenuation of Coaxial Cable


  • Wireless and antenna application(connecting from dish to television through co-axial cable. example: Tata sky)
  • RF and Microwave transmission
  • Video distribution
  • Cable television and cable internet

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