Chapter 3

Electromagnetic induction

Clamp ammeter

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The usual ammeters cannot bear high intensities (in general )

To measure higher intensities, a clamp ammeter is used.

The principle is studied here.

An infinite straight wire of axis is travelled by a current (the one we want to measure) of intensity :

The wire is surrounded by a winding made of a square-section torus of side a and medium radius .

On the torus are regularly wound a great number of whorls.

This winding is closed on an ammeter.

The circuit created has a total resistance and is travelled, by induction, by a sinusoidal current :

Clamp ammeter


Compute the electromotive force induced by the current .


There are two magnetic fields, hence two fluxes to compute.


The magnetic field due to the infinite wire is (apply Ampere's law), at a point inside the torus :

The own magnetic field of the torus is (apply Ampere's law) :

The total magnetic field is :

The flux of this total field through the whorls of the torus is :

Hence the electromotive force can be deduced by using Faraday's law of induction :


Compute the ratio :

can be neglected before .


Use complex notation.


The electric equation of the circuit is :

Which is, in complex notation :

Thus :

can be neglected before  :

With a magnitude for of , intensities can be measured with ammeters of small caliber.

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