Re: Using Curve tracer


I have tested inductors on my 577. You can see the V vs. I hysterisis curve and the core saturation current.
Setup is quite easy. The inductor is placed between the collector and emitter inputs. Set a suitable series limiting resistor to start (a few hundred ohms) which you can experiment with and lower as you go. Set the (horizontal) collector sweep voltage low to start with and you can increase it as needed. The (vertical) current setting will be determined by how much inductance there is so experiment with it.
One note of caution: A SMPS works at comparitively high frequencies for power devices. The 577 tests at a low 60 or 120 Hz. So the results you get on the 577 will only guide you in the right direction. They will not be an indication of actual performance in the SMPS.
Have fun discovering the hidden versatility of a curve tracer.

From: TekScopes@... [mailto:TekScopes@...] On Behalf Of Pa4tim
Sent: Friday, December 10, 2010 11:01 PM
To: TekScopes@...
Subject: Re: [TekScopes] Re: Using Curve tracer

I am building some smps and have problems with the right inductor. I wanted to make an inductor tester but then I thought it must be possible to use my 577 fot that. i'm I right or is an inductive load not a good idea for the CT. If it is possible how do I connect and set the CT


Op 4 dec. 2010 om 20:49 heeft DaveC <davec2468@...> het volgende geschreven:


This "other use" of a curve tracer (other than the intended
semiconductor V-I curve mapping) is a real head-slapper to me. The
CT, in my eyes, just became a much more versatile piece of gear.

When you have the time I would very much appreciate a description of
how to use the CT to test each type of component in the categories
you mention.

Thanks for the benefit of your knowledge.


(And a big THANKS to Dave P. for re-titling the post. I would not
have otherwise read it. We should all take note and do more of this
when a thread morphs.)


>The nominal peak is 1500 V depending on line voltage and loading.
>Mine reaches around 1750-1800 V DC in anti-loop mode, unloaded. You
>can measure load/leakage to 1 uA/div directly, and there is
>apparently capability to reach the nA/div range measuring off the
>emitter side, but I have never used that so not sure. If measuring
>leakage of caps, for example, the ripple and noise (it's just
>rectified and slightly filtered transformer windings) would probably
>swamp out the higher sensitivity current measurements anyway.

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