# Anderson′s Bridge | Advantages Disadvantages of Anderson′s Bridge

Published on 24/2/2012 & updated on 16/8/2018## Anderson's Bridge

Let us understand why there is need of**Anderson's bridge**though we have Maxwell bridge and Hay's bridge to measure quality factor of the circuit. The main disadvantage of using Hay's bridge and Maxwell bridge is that, they are unsuitable of measuring the low quality factor. However Hay's bridge and Maxwell bridge are suitable for measuring accurately high and medium quality factor respectively. So, there is need of bridge which can measure low quality factor and this bridge is modified Maxwell's bridge and known as

**Anderson's bridge**.Actually this bridge is the modified Maxwell inductor capacitance bridge. In this bridge double balance can obtained by fixing the value of capacitance and changing the value of electrical resistance only.

It is well known for its accuracy of measuring inductor from few micro Henry to several Henry. The unknown value of self inductor is measured by method of comparison of known value of electrical resistance and capacitance. Let us consider the actual **circuit diagram of Anderson's bridge**.(see figure given below).

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In this circuit the unknown inductor is connected between the point a and b with electrical resistance r_{1} (which is pure resistive). The arms bc, cd and da consist of resistances r_{3}, r_{4} and r_{2} respectively which are purely resistive. A standard capacitor is connected in series with variable electrical resistance r and this combination is connected in parallel with cd. A supply is connected between b and e.
Now let us derive the expression for l_{1} and r_{1}:

At balance point, we have the following relations that holds good and they are: Now equating voltages drops we get,

Putting the value of i_{c} in above equations, we get
The above equation (7) obtained is more complex that we have obtained in Maxwell bridge. On observing the above equations we can easily say that to obtain convergence of balance more easily, one should make alternate adjustments of r_{1} and r in Anderson’s bridge.
Now let us look how we can obtain the value of unknown inductor experimentally. At first set the signal generator frequency at audible range. Now adjust r_{1} and r such that phones gives a minimum sound. Measure the values of r_{1} and r (obtained after these adjustments) with the help of multimeter. Use the formula that we have derived above in order to find out the value of unknown inductance. The experiment can be repeated with the different value of standard capacitor.

## Phasor Diagram of Anderson's Bridge

Let us mark the voltage drops across ab, bc, cd and ad as e_{1}, e

_{2}, e

_{3}and e

_{4}as shown in figure above. Here in the

**phasor diagram of Anderson's bridge**, we have taken i

_{1}as reference axis. Now i

_{c}is perpendicular to i

_{1}as capacitive load is connected at ec, i

_{4}and i

_{2}are lead by some angle as shown in figure. Now the sum of all the resultant voltage drops i.e. e

_{1}, e

_{2}, e

_{3}and e

_{4}is equal to e, which is shown in phasor diagram. As shown in the

**phasor diagram of Anderson's bridge**the resultant of voltages drop i

_{1}(R

_{1}+ r

_{1}) and i

_{1}.ω.l

_{1}(which is shown perpendicular to i

_{1}) is e

_{1}. e

_{2}is given by i

_{2}.r

_{2}which makes angle 'A' with the reference axis. Similarly, e

_{4}can be obtained by voltage drop i

_{4}.r

_{4}which is making angle 'B' with reference axis.

### Advantages of Anderson's Bridge

- It is very easy to obtain the balance point in Anderson's bridge as compared to Maxwell bridge in case of low quality factor coils.
- There is no need of variable standard capacitor is required instead of thin a fixed value capacitor is used.
- This bridge also gives accurate result for determination of capacitance in terms of inductance.

### Disadvantages of Anderson's Bridge

- The equations obtained for inductor in this bridge is more complex as complex as compared to Maxwell's bridge.
- The addition of capacitor junction increases complexity as well as difficulty of shielding the bridge.

**Anderson's bridge**whenever use of variable capacitor is permissible.

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