Types of Electrostatic Voltmeters part 1

      Following are the two types of the electrostatic voltmeter.
i) Quadrant type electrostatic voltmeter which is used to measure voltage upto 10 kV to 20 kV.
ii) Attached disc type electrostatic voltmeter which is used to measure voltages above 20 kV.
1.1Quadrant Type Electrostatic Voltmeter
      The instrument consists of four fixed metal double quadrants arranged such that there is a small air gap between the quadrants and the total assembly forms shallow circular box. Inside this box a double sectored needle is suspended by means of a phosphor bronze thread. The needle is suspended such that it is placed equidistant from above and below quadrant plates as shown in the Fig 1.
Fig.1 Quadrant Electrometer
       As shown in the above Fig 1. the fixed quadrants are connected together. The voltage to be measured either a.c. or d.c. is connected between the fixed  quadrants and the moving needle. This needle rotates due to the electrostatic force set up due to the charge accumulation on the quadrant plates. Then the suspension exerts a controlling torque and the needle settles at the position where both the torques, controlling and deflection, are equal.
      There are two types of the electrical connections in the quadrant electrometer,
i) Heterostatic connection
ii) Idiostatic connection
1.2 Heterostatic Connection
      In this type of connection, a high voltage battery is used to charge the needle to a voltage considerably higher than the voltage to be measured . the connection diagram is as shown in the Fig 2.
Fig.2 Heterostatic Connection

      In this connection, the quadrants are connected together in diagonally opposite pairs. The moving van i.e. needle is positively charged due to battery. The deflecting force due to top and bottom quadrants on movable needle cancels each other on both sides. The only deflecting force responsible is force of attraction between left quadrant and right moving sector and force of repulsion between right quadrant and left moving sector.
1.2.1Theory of Heterostatic Connection
      To obtain the torque equation for the heterostatic connection, consider only one half portion of the needle with two quadrant to it . this is shown in the Fig 3.
Fig.3 Position of needle with some deflection

      The needle is considered as a circle of circle with radius r. now this arrangement of two quadrants with needle exactly in between, resembles the two capacitors placed side by side. At equilibrium position, as needle is placed symmetrically, the capacitances C1 and C2 are equal. But when needle rotates , the value of one capacitor becomes greater tan other.
Let            V1    =  Potential of needle,       V = V voltage being measured
                 VL = Potential of quadrant L,     VM =  Potential of quadrant M
       Let the needle deflects in anticlockwise direction through and angle θ.
                    C1 = Capacitance of right hand capacitor
                    C2 = Capacitance of right hand capacitor
                    d = Distance of needle from either top or bottom plates of quadrants

       Note that needle spans through and angle (α+θ) under quadrant M and half as there are two faces of vanes.

       The two capacitances C1 are in parallel hence,

      The total energy stored  is,

      LET  Tθ be the torque in the position θ then for an infinitesimal change d of the needle, the work done in moving system is Tθ dθ. This work done is equal to the increase in the stored energy dW.

       Using the equation (7),

      But the medium is air hence ε = ε0,

       The above expression is obtained considering only two quadrants and half needle hence for all four quadrants the deflecting torque will be doubled.

Note :  The torque is positive only when 2V1 (VL+VM). Now V is the potential to be measured and is equal to VM-VL

      If potential of needle V1 is very large compared to voltage to be measured then, 

Note: Thus heterostatic connection, the uniform scale is obtained.


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