Rogowski coil RST
RST is a flexible current transducer based on Rogowski principle, particularly suitable for measurement in combination with portable devices.RST coils are available in different sizes and can be supplied according to customer’s designtherefore they can be used in all those applications, in which traditional transducers are not fitting due to its size and/oweight. Due to its specific features, flexible Rogowski coil is an extremely confortable solution for current measurement and can be used in a number of cases where traditional current transducer is not the adequate solution. RST coil is provided with a shield against the influence of external magnetic fields, therefore it grants a stable measurement from low currents to hundreds of kA. The Rogowski coils must be connected to an electronic integrator for 90° phase shift compensation and frequency equalization. Our DIN-RAIL and panel meters can interface Rogowski coils directly without the need of the external integrators. This is an advantage because there is no external boxes or any power supply with consequent ease of use. The particular features of the Rogowski coils combined with the extremely flexible input programming of our portable meters, allow to carry out measurement by all applications.
What is a Rogowski coil?
Rogowski coils have been used for the detection and measurement of electric currents for decades. They are based on a simple principle: an “air-cored” coil is placed around the conductor in a toroidal fashion and the magnetic field produced by the current induces a voltage in the coil. The voltage output is proportional to the rate of change of current. This voltage is integrated, thus producing an output proportional to the current.
By using precision winding techniques, especially developed for the purpose, the coils are manufactured so that their output is not influenced by the position of the conductor within the toroid, and to reject interference from external magnetic fields caused, for example, from nearby conductors.Basically, a Rogowski coil current measuring system consists of a combination of a coil and conditioning electronics.Rogowski coil current transducers are used for the AC measurement.
They can be used in similar circumstances to current transformers but for many applications they have considerable advantages:
- Wide dynamic range.
- High linearity.
- Very useful with large size or awkward shaped conductors or in places with limited access. Thanks to the structure without hard core, the coil can be easily manufactured according to the application or to the available space.
- Unlike traditional current transducers, there is no danger from open-circuited secondaries.
- They cannot be damaged by large overloads.
- They are non-intrusive. They draw no power from the main circuit carrying the current to be measured.
- They are also light weighted and in some applications are light enough to be suspended on the conductor being measured.
The transducer does not measure direct currents but, unlike a current transformer, it can carry out accurate measurements of AC component even if there is a large superimposed DC component, since there is no iron core causing saturation. This feature is particularly useful for measuring ripple currents for example in battery charging systems.