I have this circuit below and want to draw voltage loops within the circuit so it is simiarly to the picture at the bottom. I have however seen someone use the arc, but it was not what i hoped for. Hope anyone can help me.

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\begin{circuitikz}[american, straight voltages]
    \draw (-1,0)
    to [american voltage source, v=$V_P$, invert, voltage shift=1] (-1,4) %Input voltage  Vp
    to [R, R=$R_p$, i^>=$i_p$] (2,4)
    to [R=$R_L$] (4,4)
    to [L, l_=$L$, v^<=$v_L$, i=$i_L$, voltage shift=1.5] (7,4)
    to [Tnigbt,bodydiode] (10,4)
    to [short] (12,4)
    to [american voltage source, v^<=$V_{out}$, voltage shift=1] (12,0)
    to [short] (-1,0)
    (2.0,4) to [R=$R_Ci$, i=$i_{Ci}$] (2.0,1.5)
    to [C, l_=$C_i$, v^<=$v_{Ci}$] (2.0,0)
    (7.2,4) to [Tnigbt,bodydiode, invert] (7.2,0)
    (10.0,4) to [R=$R_Co$, i=$i_{Co}$] (10.0,1.5)
    to [C, l_=$C_o$, v^<=$v_{Co}$] (10.0,0)
    (8.5,5) node[align=center]{$G_2$}
    (6.1,2) node[align=center]{$G_1$}
    (7.2,0) node[circ, scale=1.5]{$1$}
    (7.2,4) node[circ, scale=1.5]
    (2,0) node[circ, scale=1.5]
    (2,4) node[circ, color=red, scale=1.5]
    (10,4) node[circ, color=red, scale=1.5]
    (10,0) node[circ, color=red, scale=1.5]


This are the circuit i am trying to recreate

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1 Answer 1


I propose to define a macro that can put an "elliptical" arrow in the center of a mesh, feeding it three corners and the label. It can be tweaked a lot, but more or less, the idea could be the following one:


\newcommand{\mesharrow}[5][red]{% optional: color, default red
    % mandatory: corner 1, corner 2, corner 3, label
    \coordinate (tmp-c) at ($(#2)!0.5!(#4)$);
    \node[#1] at (tmp-c) {#5};
    \draw[thick, -Stealth, #1]
    let \p1 = ($(#3)-(#2)$), \p2=($(#4)-(#3)$),
    \n1={0.3*veclen(\x1,\y1)}, \n2={0.3*veclen(\x2,\y2}
    in ($(tmp-c)+(0.3*\x1,0)$) arc(0:270:\n1 and \n2);

\tikzset{% this definition is at tikz level, because
        % it will be used with a `node[... ]` element
        bigO/.style={circle, draw, fill=red, inner sep=2pt},
    \draw (0,0) coordinate(start)
        % this number here (5)--v is the one referenced below in text
        to [battery=$V_p$] ++(0,5) coordinate(corner1)
        to[R=$R_p$, f=$i_p$] ++(4,0) coordinate(corner2)
        to[R=$R_{ci}$, f=$i_{ci}$] ++(0,-2) coordinate(rci)
        to[C=$C_i$, v=$v_{ci}$, -*] (corner2|-start) coordinate(corner3)
        -- (start);
    %% rest of the circuit...
    \draw[dashed] (corner2) -- ++(1,0) (corner3) -- ++(1,0);
    %% red blobs
    \node [bigO] at (corner2) {};
    \node [bigO] at (rci) {};

mesh current

Notice that the ellipse adjusts automatically to the mesh; if I change the number 5 marked above to 4 or 3 I have:

mesh current with different shape


  • Thanks, that is really helpful. Can you explain to me what (corner2|-start) does, becuase I dont think i quite understand the command. Dec 17, 2022 at 15:45
  • It's one of the most useful TikZ coordinate tricks for circuits; it means the point vertically from corner2 and horizontally from start; see tikz.dev/tikz-coordinates#pgf.perpendicular
    – Rmano
    Dec 17, 2022 at 16:19
  • Ah okay, it is a little confusing but think I get it. Can i reverse the direction of the arrow? Dec 17, 2022 at 20:50
  • You mean, using Stealth- instead of -Stealth? Of course, look at arrows in the TikZ manual. I suggest going through the first TikZ tutorial, it'll save you a lot of time in the end! 😉
    – Rmano
    Dec 17, 2022 at 22:05
  • Ah okay thanks! Dec 17, 2022 at 22:47

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