3-7 additional resistance in series with branch S of the bridge. This adjustment becomes necessary because the Q of the unknown capacitor or inductor in branch X is higher than the comparable Q of the standard in branch S. Schering Bridge The Schering bridge, shown in figure 3-1, is a commonly used type of bridge for the measurement of capacitors and dielectric losses. The Q of a capacitor is defined as the reciprocal of the dissipation factor, which is the ratio of the capacitor's dielectric constant to its conductivity at a given frequency. Accordingly, capacitor Q is determined by the frequency used to conduct the measurement and the value of the capacitor, C_{B}, required to obtain bridge balance. The accuracy of this type of bridge is excellent, about 2% for dissipation factors ranging from 0.00002 to 0.6. Typical accuracies for capacitive reactancesin the range of 100 picofarads to 1 microfarad are 0.2%. Hay Bridge The Hay bridge, shown in figure 3-1, is used for the measurement of inductance and the Q of the inductor. It is interesting to note that this type of bridge measures inductance by comparing it with a standard capacitor of known characteristics. This arrangement provides the advantage of a wide measurement range with the minimum use of electronic parts as comparison standards. A typical range of values that can be measured with the Hay bridge is from 1 microhenry to 100 henries. The accuracy of the measurements made with this bridge is about 2%. The frequency used in conducting the inductance measurement must be taken into account because of the series reactance of capacitor C_{B}. The loss factor of the inductor under test is balanced in terms of the Q of the inductor. The Hay bridge, then, is used for measurement of inductances having a Q greater than 10. For instance, a Q of 10 gives a calibration error of 1%, whereas a Q of 30 gives a calibration error of 0.1%. Q-5. When you are testing an inductor with a Hay bridge, the characteristics of the inductor are compared with what type of device? Maxwell Bridge The Maxwell bridge, shown in figure 3-1, is used for the measurement of inductance and inductive Q. This bridge is similar to the Hay bridge because it also measures inductance by comparison with a standard capacitor of known characteristics. Notice, in particular, that capacitor CBis connected in parallel with resistor R_{B}. In connection with this difference, the requirement of an accurately known frequency is removed. This bridge circuit is employed for measuring the inductance of inductors having large losses; i.e., lowQ. The range of this type of instrument is much greater than that of the Hay bridge; values ranging from 1 microhenry to 1,000 henries are measurable, with an error of only 2%. VECTOR BRIDGES The basic bridges described up to now determined the resistive and reactive components of the unknown impedance; however, the vector bridge indicates the magnitude and phase angle. Typically, vector bridges require two null readings. Consider the basic bridge circuit of figure 3-5. The magnitude of the unknown impedance (Z_{X}) is determined by the voltages applied across R and Z_{X} and to the bases of emitter followers Q1 and Q2, which bias the balanced rectifiers, CR1 and CR2. Resistors A and B are equal in value. When R is adjusted to equal Z_{X}, the voltages between points 1 and 2 and between points 1 and 4 are equal in magnitude, and the vtvm will indicate 0 volts.

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