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Benefits of Power Analysis

Power Analysis Detects Subtle Faults in Products Power analysis is essential to quality assurance in production testing for a wide variety of electrical products.  Power analysis (including harmonics and %THD) of a product is an excellent quality indicator of product performance, especially when compared to an identical model. For example,…
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AC-DC Current Shunts vs. Current Transformers

Although all Valhalla wattmeters are compatible with general purpose current transformers, there are distinct accuracy and bandwidth advantages to using a current shunt when making a power measurement. Current shunts generally provide greater accuracy over a broader frequency range than current transformers (CT's). Rather than measure actual in-series current flow,…
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RMS, Average, and Peak Amplitude Measurements

When describing the amplitudes of electronic devices, terms such as "volts RMS" or "amperes RMS" are used. The  RMS (root mean square) of a sine wave produces the same "heating effect" as an equivalent DC voltage level. (i.e. 5 VAC RMS = 5 VDC). Since a given AC RMS amplitude…
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Power Factor, Real Power, and Apparent Power
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Power Measurements in Inductive Circuits