An AC Current Generator, Part 4 Aubrey Kagan 1/13/2015 3 comments In parts 1 through 3 I described the construction of the transformer we needed to generate the 10Amps AC. We still had to drive the transformer.
An AC Current Generator, Part 2 Aubrey Kagan 12/11/2014 3 comments When testing, a 10 amp AC current is fed into the module being tested (DUT) and the current is measured across a 25 mΩ shunt internal to the DUT.
An AC Current Generator, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 12/1/2014 9 comments I wrote an article on this topic in 2000 that was published on Circuit Cellar Online. I believe that the basic information that I wrote about is still relevant and so I am rewriting the article as a blog.
Power Dissipation: My Arch-Nemesis Aubrey Kagan 9/3/2014 15 comments Experience should have taught Aubrey Kagan to consider power dissipation before introducing a component into a design. Unfortunately, it always seems to come back to bite him.
How a Coffee Packaging Machine Educated Me Aubrey Kagan 7/18/2014 29 comments One of my first projects was to design a control for a coffee packaging machine. It was in the late 70s and microprocessors were on everybody's lips, but few actually knew anything about them.
Excel-Optimizing Resistor Ratios, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 6/10/2014 19 comments I have often wondered whether the practice of using a ratio of two resistors to determine a particular output is a fundamental property of electronics or a concerted effort by designers.
Excel: Taken for Granted, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 5/7/2014 22 comments When I started my blogs on Excel, I launched straight into it without any mention of some of the simple features that you may or may not know. As I move on, I think perhaps I should cover some of these features.
Excel: Conditional Formatting Aubrey Kagan 3/12/2014 40 comments When you right click on an Excel worksheet cell, you can change its numeric type, alignment, background color, and other properties. But did you know that you can have the cell change its format if different conditions are met?
Temperature Measurement, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 3/6/2014 29 comments This series of Temperature Measurement blogs was first published on the late, lamented forum, Microcontroller Central. I have modified it very slightly.
Analog Isolation Techniques, Part 3 Aubrey Kagan 12/13/2013 6 comments Galvanic isolation of signals can be difficult. Isolation of analog signals can be even more difficult. Here are some techniques to explore and devices to use.
Analog Isolation Techniques: Part 2 Aubrey Kagan 12/12/2013 6 comments Galvanic isolation of signals can be difficult. Isolation of analog signals can be even more difficult. Here are some techniques to explore and devices to use.
Using Solver in Excel, Part 2 Aubrey Kagan 11/7/2013 18 comments One of the add-ins for Excel is Solver. It allows you to easily solve problems with multiple variables. Here's how to install and use it.
Using Solver in Excel, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 11/6/2013 16 comments One of the add-ins for Excel is Solver. It allows you to easily solve problems with multiple variables. Here's how to install and use it.
Calibration, Part 2 Aubrey Kagan 9/20/2013 7 comments Continuing the discussion from Part 1, how do you ensure accuracy? How do you perform the calibration? On what reference is this calibration technique based? How does noise affect calibration?
Calibration, Part 1 Aubrey Kagan 9/9/2013 20 comments Analog measuring devices should be calibrated to ensure accuracy. How do you perform the calibration? At how many points? And on what is this calibration technique based?
RMS Measurement Aubrey Kagan 8/23/2013 12 comments How do you make a true RMS measurement of a complex (non-sinusoidal) waveform? There are various techniques.
As an engineer, eventually you will have to insert an equation into your written work or presentation. This can be a struggle as equation editors are not always the friendliest. However, there is good news. The equation editor in Word has improved immensely (I am using version 2010 here). In this blog we look at how to insert an equation into a Word document. As a bonus, there is information on how to insert an equation into a web page with an html code generator website.
Wait a minute. Let’s see if I understand this. (Here I’m channeling you, the puzzled reader, after you’ve grabbed me in the coffee break of a Filter Wizard lecture morning). The frequency of the nth harmonic of a sinusoid is n times that of the fundamental. The nth harmonic distortion is defined as the ratio of the amplitude of the nth harmonic to the amplitude of the fundamental. So the 1st harmonic distortion is… the ratio of the amplitude of the fundamental to the amplitude of the fundamental and that’s… unity. I. Do. Not. Understand.
Single-ended signals are very common, but increasingly signal paths are being converted to differential signals as part of the signal chain. The benefits of differential signaling are particularly appealing with low supply voltage systems and for driving analog-to-digital converters (ADCs).
If you spend any time at all looking at alternative energy sources such as wind power and solar energy, you'll quickly discover one inconvenient truth: alternative energy production is both highly unpredictable and uncorrelated to energy demand.