INTERNAL SHUNTS FOR METERS IN THE MILLIAMPERE RANGE
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INTERNAL SHUNTS FOR METERS IN THE 0- TO 50-AMPERE RANGE
SWITCHING SHUNT VALUES
Neets Module 16-Introduction to Test Equipment
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To increase the range of the 100-microampere meter to 1 ampere (full-scale deflection), place a 0.01-
ohm shunt in parallel with the meter movement.
You can convert the 100-microampere instrument to a 10-ampere meter by using a proper shunt. The
voltage drop for a full-scale deflection is still 0.01 volt across the coil and the shunt. The meter current is
still 100 microamperes. The shunt current must therefore be 9.9999 amperes under full-scale deflection.
Again, this is an approximate figure found by the application of Ohm’s law.
You can also convert the same instrument to a 50-ampere meter by using the proper shunt resistance,
as follows:
INTERNAL SHUNTS FOR METERS IN THE MILLIAMPERE RANGE
.—The above method
of computing the shunt
resistance
is satisfactory in most cases; however, it can only be used when the line
current is in the ampere range and the meter current is relatively small compared to the load current. In
such cases, you can use an approximate value of resistance for the shunt, as was done above. However,
when the line current is in the milliampere range and the coil current becomes an appreciable percentage
of the line current, a more accurate calculation must be made. For example, suppose you desire to use a
meter movement that has a full-scale deflection of 1 milliampere and a coil resistance of 50 ohms to
measure
currents
up to 10 milliamperes. Using Ohm's law, you can figure the voltage (E
_{coil}
) across the
meter coil (and the shunt) at full-scale deflection, as follows:
The current that flows through the shunt (I
_{shunt}
) is the difference between the line current and the
meter current, as figured below:
The shunt
resistance
(R
_{shunt}
) may then be figured, as follows:
Notice that, in this case, the exact value of shunt resistance has been used rather than an
approximation.
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