Laboratory power facilities

Introduction

There are inevitable compromises with ALL methods of Electrical Power Conditioning. It is up to the USER to establish which technology provides the most attractive solution.

Flexible power solutions for Laboratory Installations

In the Test House or Specialised Test Facility where a variety of solutions can be required it may seem that the most flexible solution is to provide a number of small stabilisers and battery back-up units which can be moved around to the point of application. Experience shows that there is one extra major advantage to planning the needs when the facility is under construction and wiring out several power supply options to every general purpose test station. The advantage is that ALL power conditioning products have ratings which are determined by cost and if the distributed conditioning is combined into a central facility it is less likely that a test piece will be too large for a mobile conditioning solution.

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screened tx
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noise free
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incoming supply
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ferro
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noise free clean sinewave stable voltage
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UPS on line
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continuous power
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rotary
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60Hz
There are several other considerations including efficiency impedance/shared usage load effects and MTBF. These are summarised in the table:

Topology

prime characteristic

Features

benefits

considerations

surge diversion lightning protection low cost zero series impedance very high MTBF fit to guidelines in BS6601
notch filter narrow band noise attenuation low cost unwanted frequency rejection only works over design frequency band
isolation transformer galvanic isolation low impedance safety of personnel use RCCDs for protection
low impedance conditioner galvanic isolation noise attenuation exceptional common-mode noise protection ease of application efficiency leakage inductance adds to mains impedance
ferro resonant conditioner transverse-mode noise attenuation voltage stabilisation exceptionally robust noise filter waveform notch replacement sine waveform re-building 2-way filtering voltage stabilisation clean mains supply MTBF=200kHr overload proof weight efficiency 3-phase delta loads input protection down stream protection
UPS off line normally on standby lower cost provides emergency power switch over time usually lower power ratings battery maintenance
UPS on line load runs on inverter full time provides 2nd source supply provides emergency power non unity PF loads 3-phase delta loads battery run times efficiency battery maintenance MTBF=20kHr
rotary converter 50 to 60Hz etc low technology solution virtually perfect noise rejection usually fixed frequency MTBF=5kHr maintenance cost
generator chemical energy source huge range of options permits manual frequency variation noise maintenance environmental problems
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