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A PC-Based Wattmeter for Accurate Measurements in Sinusoidal and Distorted Conditions: Setup and Experimental Characterization

  • Autori: Cataliotti, A; Cosentino, V; Di Cara, D; Lipari, A; Nuccio, S; Spataro, C
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2012
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
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This paper presents the development of a highaccuracy sampling wattmeter, which can be employed with both sinusoidal and distorted input signals. The proposed personal computer (PC)-based system is a simple, portable, and low-cost solution because it is based on two commercial data acquisition boards connected to a common PC. Owing to this solution, the voltage is sensed directly, avoiding expensive voltage dividers, while the current is sensed by means of a noninductive current shunt. Commercial software is also used for data processing and implementation of the virtual instrument. The setup of the PC-based wattmeter is described, with a detailed description of the correction strategy of systematic contributions to the measurement uncertainty of analog-to-digital converter conversion. An experimental evaluation of its metrological performances is made by means of several experimental tests, with both sinusoidal and distorted voltages and currents, which were carried out with an electric power standard and a high-performance multifunction calibrator.