Interesting postulate. Please give me a technical reference, and not from an amateur radio publication.

Hard to find it in a non-ham publication, because any Engineering text would

leave it as an exercise for the reader.

But try this: Terman* gives the inductance of two coupled coils in parallel as

Ltot = (L1 * L2 - M * M ) / ( L1 + L2 -/+ 2M )

(we use the minus sign in the last term because the fields are aiding)

where L1 and L2 are the coils and M is the mutual inductance. In the case

in question, L1 = L2, and M = k * the inductance of either winding, where k

is the coupling coefficient.

Unfortunately the formula reduces to 0 / 0 when k = 1 and M = L, but

if you solve for the limit as k -> 1 (or M -> L) you'll find that this reduces

to L * ( 1 + k ) / 2, so when k = 1, Ltot = L.

Or you can simply solve the original equation for M = 0.90 L and for M = 0.99 L

and draw your own conclusions about how close Ltot will be to L.

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*Terman, Fredrick Emmons, Radio Engineers' Handbook, First Edition,*

McGraw-Hill, 1943, pp 64-65While it approaches the value of L, it does indeed "blow up" if one arrives at a k of 1. Terman doesn't do a good job of explaining himself. Perhaps a coupling coefficient of 1 cannot be realistically achieved. So, in reality, L1 and L2 in parallel will always be something less that 1. Which will yield a total inductance of something less than L, for n identical windings with the same sense in parallel. BTW, the induced voltage in L2 from a test current in L1 opposes forced current flow, hence the subtraction of M. Just the opposite if the winding direction were opposite for L2.