This set of Basic Electrical Engineering Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Mesh Analysis”.

1. Find the value of the currents I1, I2 and I3 flowing clockwise in the first, second and third mesh respectively.

a) 1.54A, -0.189A, -1.195A

b) 2.34A, -3.53A, -2.23A

c) 4.33A, 0.55A, 6.02A

d) -1.18A, -1.17A, -1.16A

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Explanation: The three mesh equations are:

-3I1+2I2-5=0

2I1-9I2+4I3=0

4I2-9I3+10=0

Solving the equations, we get I1= 1.54A, I2=-0.189 and I3= -1.195A.

2. Find the value of the currents I1 and I2 flowing clockwise in the first and second mesh respectively.

a) 5A, 0A

b) -5A, 0A

c) 0A, 5A

d) 0A, -5A

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Explanation: The two mesh equations are:

2I1-3I2=10

-3I1+7I2=-15

Solving the equations simultaneously, we get: I1=-5A and I2=0A.

3. Find the value of V if the current in the 3 ohm resistor=0.

a) 3.5V

b) 6.5V

c) 7.5V

d) 8.5V

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Explanation: Taking the mesh currents in the three meshes as I1, I2 and I3, the mesh equations are:

3I1+0I2+0V=5

-2I1-4I2+0V=0

0I1+9I2+V=0

Solving these equations simultaneously and taking the value of I2=0, we get V=7.5V.

4. Find the value of V1 if the current through the 1 ohm resistor=0A.

a) 83.33V

b) 78.89V

c) 87.87V

d) 33.33V

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Explanation: Taking I1, I2 and I3 as the currents in the three meshes and taking I3=0 since it is the current across the 1 ohm resistor, the three mesh equations are:

15I1-5I2=V1

-5I1+10I2+0V1=0

0I1-3I2+0V1=10

Solving these equations simultaneously we get V1= 83.33V.

5. Calculate the mesh currents I1 and I2 flowing in the first and second meshes respectively.

a) 1.75A, 1.2A

b) 0.5A, 2.5A

c) 2.3A, 0.3A

d) 3.2A, 6.5A

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Explanation: In this circuit, we have a super mesh present. The two mesh equations are:

I2-I1=3

-5I1-3I2=5

Solving these equations simultaneously, we get I1=1.75A and I2= 1.2A.

6. I1 is the current flowing in the first mesh. I2 is the current flowing in the second mesh and I3 is the current flowing in the top mesh. If all three currents are flowing in the clockwise direction, find the value of I1, I2 and I3.

a) 8A, 10A, 2A

b) 10A, 8A, 2A

c) 8A, 9A, 2A

d) 3A, 6A, 2A

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Explanation: The two meshes which contain the 3A current is a super mesh. The three mesh equations therefore are:

I3=2A

I2-I1=2

-2I1-I2=-26

Solving these equations simultaneously we get:

I1=8A, I2=10A and I3=2A.

7. Calculate the mesh currents.

a) 7A, 6A, 6.22A

b) 2A, 1A, 0.57A

c) 3A, 4A, 5.88A

d) 6A, 7A, 8,99A

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Explanation: The two meshes which contain the 3A source, act as a supper mesh. The mesh equations are:

I1-I2=3

-11I1-4I2+14I3=-10

10I1+4I2-28I3=0

Solving these equations simultaneously, we get the three currents as 2A, 1A and 0.57A.

8. Mesh analysis employs the method of ___________

a) KVL

b) KCL

c) Both KVL and KCL

d) Neither KVL nor KCL

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Explanation: KVL employs mesh analysis to find the different mesh currents by finding the IR products in each mesh.

9. Mesh analysis is generally used to determine _________

a) Voltage

b) Current

c) Resistance

d) Power

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Explanation: Mesh analysis uses Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law to find all the mesh currents. Hence it is a method used to determine current.

10. Mesh analysis can be used for __________

a) Planar circuits

b) Non-planar circuits

c) Both planar and non-planar circuits

d) Neither planar nor non-planar circuits

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Explanation: If the circuit is not planar, the meshes are not clearly defined. In planar circuits, it is easy to draw the meshes hence the meshes are clearly defined.

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