Moving coil Galvanometer

It is a device which is used to measure and detect the small amount of electric charge i.e electric current. It is most sensitive device and used in many electrical instruments. It is the major basic component of Aameter and Voltmeter.



Moving coil galvanometer is based on the fact that when a current carrying rectangular coil is placed in a magnetic field it experience torque.

Moving coil Galvanometer




Construction of galvanometer is as shown in figure. In galvanometer, it consists of rectangular coil PQRS having N number of insulated copper coil which is wounded in the nonmagnetic metallic frame of soft iron as center core. The coil is suspended by a phosphor-bronze strip through a torsion head to that it is free to rotate about the vertical axis. The coil is placed in between two pieces of magnet. The other end of the coil is connected to the light spring and finally to the terminal T2 The torsion head is connected to the terminal T1. A concave mirror m is placed to the suspension strip to note the deflection of coil using lamp and scale arrangement.



When a current I flows through the rectangular coil, the coil gets deflected, the suspension wire is twisted and rotating torque is developed on it. If k is rotating torque per unit angle per unit twist of the strip then restoring torque through the angle θ is

Moving coil Galvanometer


if A be the area of the rectangular strip, N be the number of turns, I be the current through the coil and B be the magnetic field then the torque on the rectangular coil is

Moving coil Galvanometer


since the rectangular coil is placed in between two concave shaped magnets then the field lines are radial to the area of the rectangular field. so the area of the rectangular foil is parallel to the magnetic field lines then,


Moving coil Galvanometer


At equilibrium,

Moving coil Galvanometer


So the deflection of galvanometer is directly proportional to the current on the rectangular coil. Hence we use linear scale in galvanometer.

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