Accession Number : ADA115164

Title :   A Technique for Calibrating V Probes.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : SANDIA NATIONAL LABS ALBUQUERQUE NM

Personal Author(s) : McClenahan,C R

PDF Url : ADA115164

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : The V probes designed by Maxwell Laboratories, Inc. (MLI) have been extensively used at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory to measure the voltage of fast capacitor banks. The straightforward calibration method of pulsing a high voltage across the voltage probe typically produces only millivolts of output signal. Based on a suggestion by MLI, a new method to calibrate the probes has been devised. This technique, which uses a capacitive discharge and measures the dV/dt directly, has the advantage of producing an output signal of nearly a volt. A circuit has been designed and constructed to provide an appropriate ringing discharge which can be used to calibrate V probes. In this report the theory of V probes and their calibration is discussed, and the construction and operation of the discharge circuit is presented. Finally, as an example of the calibration technique, details of how to calibrate a V probe are presented. A precision of 4 percent is readily attainable in the V probe calibration. Such accuracy should make possible routine 5 percent voltage measurement on pulsed power systems.

Descriptors :   *Power supplies, *Probes, *Calibration, *Pulses, *High voltage, Output, Signals, Theory, Measurement, Methodology, Accuracy, Capacitors, Precision, Electric discharges, Frequency response, Power transformers

Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE