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# Ninth Lecture Bridges and Their Application

## Bridges and Their Application

Bridge circuit are extensively used for measuring component values, such as resistance,
inductance, capacitance, and other circuit parameters directly derived from component values
such as frequency, phase angle, and temperature. Bridge accuracy measurements are very high
because their circuit merely compares the value of an unknown component to that of an
accurately known component (a standard).
1- D.c Bridges:
The basic d.c bridges consist of four resistive arms with a source of emf (a battery) and a
null detector usually galvanometer or other sensitive current meter. D.c bridges are generally
used for the measurement of resistance values.
a) Wheatstone Bridge:
This is the best and commonest method of measuring medium resistance values in the
range of 1 to the low megohm. The current through the galvanometer depends on potential
difference between point (c) and (d). The bridge is said to be balance when potential
difference across the galvanometer is zero volts, so there is no current through the
galvanometer (Ig=0). This condition occurs when Vca=Vda or Vcb=Vdb hence the
bridge is balance when
V 1 = V 2 .. (1) Since I g = 0 so by voltage divider rule
R1 a
V1 = E .. (2) and
R1 + R3 I1 I2
R1 R2
R2
V2 = E .. (3)
R2 + R4
Substitute equations (2) & (3) in equ. (1) c G d
E
I3 I4
R1 R2
=
R1 + R3 R2 + R4 R3
R4

## Thus R1 R4 = R2 R3 is the balance equation for Wheatstone bridge

So, if three of resistance values are known, the fourth unknown ones can be determined.
R R
R4 = 3 2
R1
R3 are called the standard arm of the bridge and resistors R2 and R1 are called the ratio
arms.

## Thevenin Equivalent Circuit:

To determine whether or not the galvanometer has the required sensitivity to detect an
unbalance condition, it is necessary to calculate the galvanometer current for small unbalance
condition. The solution is approached by converting the Wheatstone bridge to its thevenin
equivalent. Since we are interested in the current through the galvanometer, the thevenin
equivalent circuit is determined by looking into galvanometer terminals (c) and (d).

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R3 R1 R y Rb R1 Ra
Rx = + +11
R2 Ra + Rb + R y R2 Rb

R3 R1 R y Rb R1 Ra
Rx = + This is the balanced equation
R2 Ra + Rb + R y R2 Rb

Ra R R R
If = 1 then R x = 3 1
Rb R2 R2
2- Ac Bridge and Their Application:
The ac bridge is a natural outgrowth of the dc bridge and in its basic form consists of four
bridge arms, a source of excitation, and a null ac detector. For measurements at low
frequencies, the power line may serve as the source of excitation; but at higher frequencies an
oscillator generally supplies the excitation voltage. The null ac detector in its cheapest
effective form consists of a pair of headphones or may be oscilloscope.

## The balance condition is reached when B

the detector response is zero or indicates i1 i2
null. Then VAC = 0 and VZ1 = VZ2
Z1 Z Z2
Z1
VZ 1 = Vin
Z
Z1 + Z 3
Z2 Vin A C
VZ 2 = Vin thus
Z2 + Z4 i3 i4
Z1Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3 is the balance equation
Z

Z3
Z
Z4
Or Y1Y4 = Y2Y3
The balance equation can be written in complex form as: D
(Z11 )(Z 4 4 ) = (Z 2 2 )(Z 3 3 )
And (Z1Z 4 1 + 4 ) = (Z 2 Z 3 2 + 3 )
So two conditions must be met simultaneously when balancing an ac bridge
1- Z1Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3
2- 1 + 4 = 2 + 4
jXL
Review on Ac Impedance: ZL
a) In series connection
Impedance = resistance j reactance R
Z L = R + jXL and Z L = R + jL
1
Z C = R jXC and Z C = R j -jXC
C
Conversion from polar to rectangular
Z in polar form R= Z Cos X= Z Sin become Z = R jX
Conversion from rectangular to polar
X X
Z = R jX in rectangular form Z = R2 + X 2 = tan 1 tan =
R R

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b) In parallel connection
Admittance = conductance j susceptance jBC
1 1
YL = G jB L and YL = j YC
R L
1 G
YC = G + jBC and YC = + jC
R YL
1 -jBL
B C
tan = C = Xc = = RC
G 1 1
R R
Example (1):
The impedance of the basic a.c bridge are given as follows:
Z 1= 10080 o (inductive impedance) Z 2 = 250 Z 3 = 40030 o (inductive impedance)
Z 4 = unknown
Sol:

Z 2 Z3 250 400
Z4 = Z4 = = 1k 4 = 2 + 3 1 4 = 0 + 30 80 = 50 o
Z1 100
Z 4 = 1000 50 o (capacitive impedance) B
Example (2):
For the following bridge find Zx? Z1 Z
2
The balance equation Z1Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3 30
0
0
45

Z1 = R = 450 0.
26
5
1 j Vin A F C
Z2 = R + = R
j C C 1V
20

1KHz
0

Z 2 = 300 j 600 Z3
Z
15

Z 3 = R + j L
.9
m

x
Z
H

Z 3 = 200 + j100
Z 4 = Z x = unknown D
Z Z (300 j 600)(200 + j100)
Z4 = 2 3 Z4 = = 266.6 j 200
Z1 450
1
R = 266.6 C= = 0.79F
2F 200
a) Comparison Bridges:
A.c comparison bridges are used to measure unknown inductance or capacitance by
comparing it with a known inductance or capacitance.
1- Capacitive Comparison Bridge:
In capacitive comparison bridge R1 & R2 are ratio arms, Rs in series with Cs are
standard known arm, and Cx represent unknown capacitance with its leakage resistance Rx.
j j
Z1 = R1 Z 2 = R2 Z 3 = Rs Z 4 = Rx
C s C x
At balance Z1 Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3

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j j B
R1 R x = R2 Rs
C x C s
Z1 Z
jR1 jR2 2
R1 R x = R2 R s R2
C x C s R1
By equating the real term with the real
and imaginary term with imaginary we get: Vin A C
R R Rs Rx
R1 R x = R2 Rs Rx= 2 s
R1 Cs Cx

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jR1 jR2

Z
Z3
RC
= Cx = 1 s
C x C s R2
We can note that the bridge is independent D
on frequency of applied source.
2- Inductive Comparison Bridge:
The unknown inductance is determined by comparing it with a known standard inductor.
At balance we get
R R B
R x = 2 s represent resistive balance equation
R1
Z1 Z
2
R1 R2
R L
L x = 2 s inductive balance equation
R1 Vin A C
Rs Rx

Ls Lx Z
4
Z3

D
b) Maxwell bridge:
This bridge measure unknown inductance in terms of a known capacitance, at balance:
1
Z1 Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3 Z1 = thus
Y1 B
Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3Y1 where C1
1
Y1 Z
Z 2 = R2 Z 3 = R3 Y1 = + jC1 2
R1 R1 R2
Z 4 = R x + jL x
So Vin A C
1
R x + jL x = R2 R3 + jC1 R3 Rx
R1
Lx
Z3

R R
4
Z

Rx = 2 3
R1
L x = R2 R3C1 D

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Maxwell bridge is limited to the measurement of medium quality factor (Q) coil with range
between 1<Q10
1
L4 Bc1 XC1
tan 1 = tan 4 = = = = R1C1 = Q
R4 G1 1
R1

c) Hay Bridge:
Hay bridge convening for measuring high Q coils
j
Z1 = R1 Z 2 = R2 Z 3 = R3
C1
Z 4 = R x + j L x B
At balance Z1 Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3
j Z1 Z
R1 (R + jL x ) = R 2 R3 2
C1 x R1 R2
L jR C1
R1 R x + x x + jR1 L x = R2 R3
C1 C1 Vin A C
Separating the real and imaginary terms
L R3 Rx
R1 R x + x = R2 R3 .. (1)
C1
Lx
Z3

4
Z
Rx
= R1 L x (2)
C1
Solving equ.(1) and (2) yields D
C12 R1 R2 R3
2
Rx =
1 + 2 C12 R12
R2 R3C1
Lx =
1 + 2 C12 R12
1 = 4 because 2 = 3 = zero

1
L4 XC1 C1 1
tan 1 = tan 4 = = = = =Q
R4 R1 R1 C1 R1
1
Thus Q = .. (3)
R1C1
Submitted equ.(3) in to equ. (2) yield
2
R2 R3C 1 1
Lx = For Q> 10, then << 1 and can be neglected, then L x = R2 R3C1
2
1 Q
1 +
Q

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d) Schering Bridge:
Schering bridge used extensively for capacitive measurement, (C3) is standard high mica
capacitor for general measurement work, or (C3) may be an air capacitor for insulation
measurements. The balance condition require that 1 + 4 = 2 + 3 but 1 + 4 = 90
Thus 2 + 3 must equal (-90) to get balance
At balance Z 4 = Z 2 Z 3Y1
1 j
Y1 = + jC1 Z 2 = R2 Z3 =
R1 C 3
j
Z 4 = Rx B
C x
j j 1
Rx = R2 + jC1 C1 Z
C x C3 R1
Y1 2
R2
j R C jR2 R1
Rx = 2 1
C x C2 C3 R1
Vin A C
C
R x = R2 1 (1)
C3 C3 Rx
R Cx
C x = C3 1 (2)
Z3

R2

4
Z
The power factor (pf):
R D
pf = Cos c = x
Zx
The dissipation factor (D):
R 1
D = Cot c = x = = R x C x (3)
XC x Q
Substitute equs. (1) & (2) into (3), we get
D = R1C1
e) Wien Bridge:
This bridge is used to measured unknown frequency
j 1
Z1 = R1 Z 2 = R2 Y3 = + j C 3 Z 4 = R4
C1 R3
Z
Z1 Z 4 = 2
Y3
Z 2 = Z1Z 4Y3
j 1
R2 = R1 R4 + jC3
C1 R3
R1 R4 R4 C 3
R2 = +
R3 C1
Dividing by R4 we get
R2 R1 C 3
= + . (1)
R4 R3 C1

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Equating the imaginary terms, yield
R4
C3 R1 R4 = Since = 2F
C1 R3
1 R2
Thus F = if R1 = R3 and C1 = C3 then = 2 in equ.(1)
2 C1C3 R1 R3 R4
1
And F= this is the general equation for Wien bridge
2RC

Z1 R 1 Z
2

C1 R2

Vin A R
3 C
R4
Y3

4
3
C

D
Variable Resistors:
The variable resistance usually have three leads, two fixed and one movable. If the contacts