12V Battery Test Set-up
12 V Battery Measurements
4.2 V Li-Ion Cell Test Set-up
18650 Cell Measurements
NiMH AA Cells
Introduction In this blog, I intend to carry out testing on some individual batteries I have available to me with the BT3554-01. I aim to carry out measurements over the discharge cycle of a 12 V VRLA cell battery and a 4.2 V Lithium Ion battery. Overall I hope to be able to show how the AC resistance measurements ...
Emergency DC Battery Systems
Analysis in Excel
Effects of Bolted Connections on AC Resistance
Introduction This aspect of the RoadTest is to test the Hioki BT3554-01 in a real world scenario, that the instrument is specifically designed for. At one of the sites I provide engineering assistance to, there are banks of sealed lead acid batteries that provide backup power to essential systems. I will take AC ...
Double Pulse Software
PWM Signal Tests
Introduction My third and final test on the Tektronix AFG31052 Arbitrary Waveform Generator is to investigate the use of the Double Pulse software for testing the performance of MOSFET and IGBT devices. Naturally, I have to try and build in some aspect of an insulation tester into as many of the blogs I write on element14 and the main voltage generation cir ...
Introduction This aspect of the review is at the core of the reason I applied of this RoadTest. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge around partial discharge in high voltage insulation systems, that I had previously experimented with using the MDO34 and attempted to rebuild partial discharge patterns with its built in waveform generator. I had struggled to obtain satisfactory results with this, so I hoped that the increased capabilities of the AFG31052 would overcome the previous c ...
Sine wave distortion
Total harmonic distortion
Spurious output measurement
Triangular wave linearity
Introduction This is a continuation of the verification tests on the waveform generators and comparing the AFG31052 results to other instruments. Sine wave distortion This is another measurement in the verification steps from Tektronix and is further supplemented by a total harmonics distorti ...
AC Flatness Test
AM Modulation Depth
Square Wave Duty Cycle
Square wave rise and fall times
Introduction For the first part of my review, I aim to carry out verification tests on the AFG31052, carry out the same tests on a Rigol DG1022, Uni-T UTG962 and the AWG element of the MDO34 that I also have in my possession. For some of the tests, the Picoscope 340 ...
RS232 Bus Decoding
CAN Bus Decoding
LIN Bus decoding
MIL-STD-1553 Bus Decoding
SPI Bus Decoding
USB Bus decoding
Introduction This is a set of tests carried out on the Tektronix MDO Demo Board 1 with the 3 Series MDO concentrating on the serial decoding functions within the oscilloscope. The demonstration board has 5 serial signal examples. UART / RS232 CAN Bus (CAN_H and CAN_L) FlexRay I2C (I2C_CLK and I2C_Data) LIN Bus ...
Update to computer connection 30/01/2020
80 pF capacitive coupler preparations;
132 kV cable preparations;
Introduction This is the last set of experiments I am using the 3 Series MDO with as part of my roadtest. The objective is to carry out further partial discharge testing on some cable samples, however, this test process will allow me to set up faults within the cab ...
Flux Probe Data Capture from a Generator
Off-site Analysis of Waveform
Playing the Signal back into the RFA-II Analyser
Introduction In this blog I will utilise the 3 Series MDO to collect data from a Flux Probe or Air Gap Search Coil installed inside a generator and utilise the maths within the scope to carry out an analysis of the signal. This test again involves taking the 3 Series MDO out to a location as well as some bench work with a Flux ...
Capturing PD Pulses from TGA-B
Modification of Simulated Pulses
Tektronix Arb Software
Generator Partial Discharge Measurements
132kV Cable Discharge Measurements
Switchgear Partial Discharge Test
Introduction I plan to utilise the 3 Series MDO to collect partial discharge data from a generator in operation. Opportunity arose to also take readings on some 132 kV cabling from a transformer to a Grid Connection and ...
Update 18th January 2020
Introduction For this blog I am going to use the 3 Series MDO to check the performance of a rotor reflectometer. This instrument is utilised on generator rotors to determine the presence of interturn faults within the rotor winding. To do this the reflectometer applies pulses to each end of the rotor winding in alternating manner and an oscillosco ...
Build quality of oscilloscope
Scope Probe Compensation
Insulation Tester Measurements
HDMI Output and remote LAN operation
This is the kick-off of my review of the Tektronix 3 Series MDO to cover the arrival of the unit, unboxing, review of kit contents, and a few basic tests. Unboxing The oscilloscop ...
What is a Data Acquisition System?
Cost of Ownership
Power Consumption Tests
Operation with the BenchVue software.
Introduction This is my opening blog on the DAQ970A data acquisition unit that I was lucky enough to be selected to road test. This is a general blog, with my intention to introduce the DAQ970A. I didn't really do an unboxing as they don't do an awfu ...
During my review of the Megger MIT420/2 insulation tester in Blog 9, I tested a 120MW Generator rotor winding that actually failed the insulation resistance test. Following this issue, the bedplate heaters for the generator were reconnected and placed back into service. Around 4 weeks later, I returned to the generator to carry out a further insulation test with the expectation that the heat would have driven out the moisture from the winding and a healthy insulation reading would be obtai ...
You will all be thankful to know that I have finally reached my last blog in this road test review of the Megger MIT420/2 Previous blogs have covered bench reviews and tests a teardown and insulation testing from electrical panels on motors and air circuit breakers In this blog I will cover the testing of generator rotor windings from a 92MVA and a 145MVA turbogenerator. This is the main function of my job and the reason why the road test was of great interest to me. I cur ...