Coil Capacitance Calculator

Use the Coil Capacitance Calculator to calculate the self-capacitance of air-cored single-layer solenoid coils. With automated referencing and data interpolation for higher accuracy results

The formula for calculating the capacitance of an air-core single-layer solenoid is:

C= HD\; pF

D = Coil diameter in centimetres
H = Factor corresponding to coil length/diameter ratio in Table 1
C = Capacitance in picofarads

Example: Calculate the self-capacitance of a coil that has a length of 15cm and diameter of 5cm


Look up the number corresponding to a length to diameter ratio of 3 in Table 1:


Substituting it into the equation:

C= 0.61*5=3.05\; pF

Coil Capacitance Calculator Diagram

Coil dimensions for calculating capacitance

Coil Capacitance Table

Table 1

Using the Coil Capacitance Calculator

The Coil Capacitance Calculator automates the whole process and uses data interpolation to give you more accurate results.

Diameter: Enter the coil diameter, measured as depicted in the diagram above.

Length: Enter the coil length, measured as depicted in the diagram above.

Select Units: Select the units that you used for your coil dimensions from the list, and select your preferred output capacitance units.

Reference: Radiotron Designer’s Handbook