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    Default What are these?

    Does anyone know what these are?

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    Default Re: What are these?

    Look like CTs for energy measurement systems or metering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    Look like CTs for energy measurement systems or metering.
    For those who don't know, CT stands for 'current transformer'.

    When current flows through a conductor a magnetic field is created around the conductor. When that current is ac current, the magnetic field expands and contracts with the ac voltage sine wave.

    That expanding and collapsing electromagnetic field generated current flow through a conductor placed within that magnetic field. The CTs are simply coils which generate ac voltage and current at their leads when ac current flows through the conductor run through the current transformer. The CTs are calibrated (the are manufactured to create a given current and voltage based on the magnetic field, which is directly related to the current in the conductor.

    Thus, for a given current through the conductor, a known current and voltage will be generated by the CT, and that known current and voltage can be used for metering, for monitoring the current flow and overcurrent devices, and for other things.

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    Default Re: What are these?

    Thanks......So who or what could be using these to measure the current?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray Thornburg View Post
    Thanks......So who or what could be using these to measure the current?
    The power company may have installed a CT meter, it works the same as a regular power meter except that the calibration is different (instead of 200 amps running through the sensor there may only be a few amps, depending on the CTs and the meter calibration.

    I have not done much with CT meters, so I am sure there are others here who can expand on what I have posted, and even correct me where I am totally wrong (likely the amount of current from the CT).

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    Default Re: What are these?

    Might be part of a system like this.

    TED 5000

    Lets users see how much power is being used and where.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Port View Post
    Might be part of a system like this.

    TED 5000

    Lets users see how much power is being used and where.
    Or may be part of a load controller system.


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    Default Re: What are these?

    Thanks guys......


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    Default Re: What are these?

    So, they are located in the panel on the hots. If so, then its another meter? Its pretty much always going to read somehting isnt it..?
    Asking outloud...


    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Peck View Post
    For those who don't know, CT stands for 'current transformer'.

    When current flows through a conductor a magnetic field is created around the conductor. When that current is ac current, the magnetic field expands and contracts with the ac voltage sine wave.

    That expanding and collapsing electromagnetic field generated current flow through a conductor placed within that magnetic field. The CTs are simply coils which generate ac voltage and current at their leads when ac current flows through the conductor run through the current transformer. The CTs are calibrated (the are manufactured to create a given current and voltage based on the magnetic field, which is directly related to the current in the conductor.

    Thus, for a given current through the conductor, a known current and voltage will be generated by the CT, and that known current and voltage can be used for metering, for monitoring the current flow and overcurrent devices, and for other things.



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