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Advances in Power Electronics
Volume 2016, Article ID 7176981, 15 pages
Research Article

Optimal Method for Catastrophic Faults Diagnosis in RC Ladder Network

Electronics and Communication Engineering, Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, P.O. Waknaghat, Teh Kandaghat, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh 173234, India

Received 16 March 2016; Revised 22 May 2016; Accepted 29 May 2016

Academic Editor: Antonio J. Marques Cardoso

Copyright © 2016 Abhilasha Rani Goel and Mohd Wajid. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The RC ladder network has been analyzed for various catastrophic fault detection using minimal number of measurements. Generally, electronic circuit testing procedure is very exhaustive and includes higher cost; the presented approach will save fault diagnosis time. It is not possible to analyze the big RC ladder network to give the good fault coverage, so the ladder network has been broken into segments of different sizes. However, if segment size is small, it will cause more area overhead compared to bigger step size in terms of the interconnections and pins on the integrated circuit. A systematic and detailed analysis for one-step, two-step, three-step, and four-step RC ladder networks has been carried out for various faults and optimal step size is proposed. It has been investigated that three measurements are optimal to localize different catastrophic faults in a RC ladder network.