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open circuit

n
(Electronics) an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows. Compare closed circuit
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o·pen circuit

(ō′pən)
An electric circuit through which current cannot flow because the path is broken or interrupted by an opening.
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Noun1.open circuit - an incomplete electrical circuit in which no current flows
circuit, electric circuit, electrical circuit - an electrical device that provides a path for electrical current to flow
closed circuit, loop - a complete electrical circuit around which current flows or a signal circulates
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They are specifically designed for differential signaling requirements, with capabilities to insert three different types of fault conditions between the test fixture and the equipment under test: open-circuit, short-circuit between signal pairs, and short-circuit to user-applied fault conditions such as power or ground.
The photovoltaic cells and panels can be characterized using their important dc parameters: the photogenerated current, [I.sub.ph]; the short-circuit current, [I.sub.sc]; the open-circuit voltage, [V.sub.oc]; the maximum power, [P.sub.max]; the fill factor, FF; the efficiency, [eta]; the series resistance, [R.sub.s]; the shunt resistance, [R.sub.sh]; the ideality factor of diode, m; and the reverse saturation current, [I.sub.o] [10].
The treated fault is mainly concerned with the open-circuit fault of an inverter IGBT switch [2].
These soft skin-like generators are capable of outputting an open-circuit voltage of up to 145 V and an instantaneous areal power density of 35 mW m-2.
"Since this new polymer greatly reduces photon energy loss, it has allowed us to achieve a superb power conversion efficiency of nearly 9% with a very high open-circuit voltage in plastic solar cells," said study coauthor Itaru Osaka.
The Reverse Displacement Motor (RDN1) is a two-position reversing motor designed for use in mobile open-circuit applications.
Open-circuit measurement results always contain information not only about the behavior of the material but also about the effect of the geometry of the sample.
reported a new p-type NiO/[Cu.sub.2]S solar cell prepared by depositing p-type [Cu.sub.2]S sensitizer on the mesoporous NiO electrode for the first time, and short-circuit current of 260-360 [micro]A and open-circuit voltage of 91-95mV were eventually obtained [9].
An open-circuit cooling tower relies solely on latent heat removal during the evaporation of water for its heat dissipation.