A parallel circuit has the components connected in parallel, one beside the other, with the same wires going to each.

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ALIVE

A term referring to a circuit in which a current is flowing. Also referred to as live.

LAMINAR FLOW

A flow situation in which fluid moves in parallel lamina or layers.

SHEAR RATE

The difference between the velocities along the parallel faces of a fluid element divided by the distance between the faces.

BYPASS FILTRATION

A system of filtration in which only a portion of the total flow of a circulating fluid system passes through a filter at any instant or in which a filter having its own circulating pump operates in parallel to the main flow.

GRID PARALLEL

A line parallel to a grid equator, connecting all points of equal grid latitude

HORIZONTAL

Parallel to the plane of the horizon; perpendicular to the direction of gravity

SPRAY-COIL UNIT

A cooling circuit that sprays water over cooling coils through inflowing air to humidify or dehumidify that air, as required.

VOLTAGE DROP

The voltage drop around a circuit including wiring and loads must equal the supply voltage.

DIRECT CURRENT

A source of power for an electrical circuit which does not reverse the polarity of its charge.

FAULT

A short circuit either line to line, or line to ground.

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