Marconi TF 868B Other
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The Universal Bridge Type TF 868B
is a direct-reading instrument which
measures values of inductance from 1 (j-H to 100 henrys, capacitance from 1
¡x|xF to 100 nF, and resistance from 0-1 ohm to 100 MQ.
The instrument employs a single dial for the measurement of inductance,
capacitance, and resistance values. Changing the setting of the lcr and range
selector switches automatically changes the dial calibration together with the
bridge circuit conditions to suit the component under test.
For inductance and capacitance measurement the bridge is energized by an
RC oscillator-amplifier that can be switched to 1 kc/s or 10 kc/s. The out-of-
balance bridge voltage, after amplification and detection, is displayed by a
moving-coil meter on the front panel. Measurement of inductance and
capacitance is normally made at 1 kc/s; however, the use of 10 kc/s is an
advantage, for example, when evaluating low-Q inductors.
When measuring resistance, a d.c. voltage is applied to the bridge. The out-
of-balance bridge voltage is interrupted at twice the supply frequency by
means of a vibrator (or chopper) before being applied to the amplifier-
detector circuits. This system gives a high degree of sensitivity without the
use of a high potential across the component.
A control, phase balance, is provided for balancing out the resistive
component when inductance and capacitance are being measured. This
control has two scales which are calibrated in Q and tan 8 respectively. The
scale in use is determined by the setting of the q-tan S switch. The Q scale is
calibrated from 0-1 to 10, and the tan 8 scale from 0-001 to 0-1.
Q is normally used for inductors and tan S for capacitors.
Q, also known as magnification factor or storage
factor, is the ratio of reactance to resistance in a series circuit, or
susceptance to conductance in a parallel circuit.
Tan 8, also known as loss tangent, dissipation factor or D, is the reciprocal of
Power factor, another term commonly used to express capacitor losses, is the
ratio of resistance to impedance, or conductance to admittance, and differs
from tan S by less than 1 % when their values are less than 0.15.
For convenience, an instruction plate is fitted which interrelates values of Q
and tan S together with effective series and parallel values. The plate also
gives summarized instructions for operating the Bridge.
The test terminals are located on top of the instrument; the flat top provides a
useful insulated platform for supporting the component to be tested.
When measuring inductive components, the usefulness of the instrument
may be extended by the use of the D.C. Choke Adaptor, described below.
1.2 OPTIONAL ACCESSORY D.C. Choke Adaptor Type TM 6113
With this Adaptor fitted to the Bridge terminals, an inductor in the range 100
mH to 100 henrys can be measured at 1 kc/s while a d.c. current up to 200
mA is passed through it from an external source.
The essential function of the Adaptor is to isolate the Bridge from the d.c.
supply, while at the same time preventing the external circuit from appearing
as an undesirable load across the test terminals. When making a
measurement, the introduced error is not likely to be greater than 3 %; this
can be ignored, or eliminated by a simple substitution method.
Service and User Manual
Service and User Manual
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2.4.4 Phase Balance ... .12
2.5.3 In Situ Measurements ... .14
3.2.2 Press for R x 10 Switch . . . .15
3.2.3 Phase Balance Control ... .15
3.2.5 Q-tan § Switch ... .15
3.2.8 Range Switch ... 15
3.3 CIRCUIT DESCRIPTION ... 16
3.3.1 Bridge A.C. Supply (Oscillator-Amplifier) . . .16
3.3.2 Bridge D.C. Supply ... 16
3.3.3 Measuring Bridge Circuits . . * 16
3.3.4 Amplifier-Detector ... 18
3.3.6 D.C. Choke Adaptor ... 18
4 MAINTENANCE ... 20
4.1 REMOVAL FROM CASE . . .20
4.2 MAINS INPUT ADJUSTMENTS .20
4.3 WORKING VOLTAGES . .20
4.4 REPLACEMENT OF VALVES . .20
4.5 ADJUSTMENT AND LOCATION OF PRESET COMPONENTS . 21
4.6 SCHEDULE OF TESTS . .23
4.6.1 Apparatus Required .23
4.6.2 Insulation . . . .23
4.6.3 Oscillator-Amplifier . .23
4.6.4 Measuring Bridge . . .23
4.6.5 Amplifier-Detector . . .24
4.6.6 Calibration of Main Balance Dial . . .24
4.6.7 Checking the Phase Balance Dial Calibration . 25
4.6.8 Calibrating the Phase Balance Dial . . .25
5 COMPONENT LAYOUT ILLUSTRATIONS
GENERAL VIEW FROM REAR . . . Fig. 5.1
UNDERSIDE OF CHASSIS—AMPLIFIER-DETECTOR . Fig. 5.2 UNDERSIDE OF
CHASSIS—OSCILLATOR-AMPLIFIER AND POWER
SUPPLY ... Fig. 5.3
RANGE SWITCH ASSEMBLY . Fig. 5.4
BALANCE DIAL ASSEMBLY (EXPLODED VIEW) . Fig. 5.5
COMPLETE CIRCUIT DIAGRAM . . . Fig. 6.1
MEASURING BRIDGE CIRCUITS Fig. 6.2 D.C. CHOKE ADAPTOR ... Fig. 6.3
7 SPARES ORDERING SCHEDULE SOS 1 ILLUSTRATIONS IN TEXT
UNIVERSAL BRIDGE CONTROLS . . . Fig. 2.1
TEST TERMINAL VOLTAGE AT BALANCE FOR INDUCTORS Figs. 2.2 & 2.3
TEST TERMINAL VOLTAGE AT BALANCE FOR CAPACITORS . Fig. 2.4
Q-TAN S CONVERSION CHART . Fig. 2.5
FUNCTIONAL DIAGRAM OF TF 868B Fig. 3.1
SIMPLIFIED RESISTANCE BRIDGE Fig. 3.2
SIMPLIFIED INDUCTANCE BRIDGE Figs. 3.3 & 3.4
SIMPLIFIED CAPACITANCE BRIDGE . . Fig. 3.5
SIMPLIFIED CIRCUIT OF D.C. CHOKE ADAPTOR . . Fig. 3.6