Transmission Line Velocity Factor Calculator

The velocity factor of a transmission line is related to its inductance and capacitance per unit length. This relationship is not as direct as the one with the dielectric constant but is derived from the transmission line’s properties and the speed at which electromagnetic waves propagate along it.





VF = 1/(c0√(L’C’))


  • c0 is is the speed of light in vacuum in meter per second
  • L’ is the distributed inductance (in henry per meter)
  • C’ is the capacitance between the two conductors in farads per meter

Since c ≈ 3 × 108 meters per second (the speed of light in a vacuum), the equation highlights how the velocity factor depends on the inductance and capacitance of the transmission line. A higher product of L and C results in a lower velocity factor, meaning the signal gets slower compared to the speed of light in a vacuum.

This relationship provides an understanding of how the physical properties of a transmission line, like its inductance and capacitance, influence the propagation of electromagnetic waves along it. It is particularly important in the design and analysis of RF (radio frequency) and microwave circuits, where precise control over signal timing and phase is required.

Example Calculation

Assuming the permeability is 0.25 H/m and the permittivity 1×10-15 F/m gives VF = 0.21

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