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 10th June 2012, 07:29 PM #1 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Inductance calculator I am trying to work out the inductance of a coil wound around a ferrite core. I am using the formula: L = u0 * u1 * N^2 * A / d where u0 is permeability of space ( 4 * pi * 10^-7) u1 is permeability of ferrite ( EPCOS N97 = 2300) N is turns ( 2.5 ) A is cross sectional area = 1.767 cm^2 l is coil length = 5 mm The formula says 638 uH but I am measuring 9uH. If I wind about 12 turns and on a slightly larger diameter I measure 739 uH. Is there a way to be able to calculate the inductance without having to wind up and then measure? PS. I realise that the wire is wound on a former and there is a gap between that and the ferrite - may be that has something to do with it ?
 10th June 2012, 07:42 PM #2 Banned   Join Date: Apr 2012 I find this useful at times. Coil Calculator - Geotech Forums It will tell you the approx thickness too. Your inductance may vary depending on the frequency you are testing with. Use the intended frequency or something close to it. If you are using a multimeter for the test, it might not be real accurate but gets you in the ballpark.
 10th June 2012, 07:52 PM #3 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 Ahhh I have just gone to test my ebay, chinese hand-held inductance meter - it seems it puts out a semi-square wave at .. 200Hz. My application uses 200 KHz.
 10th June 2012, 08:28 PM #4 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Mar 2007 Location: Canandaigua, NY USA There's a useful lab saying, "test it the way you use it". It's especially important with ferrite transformers and inductors because there are so many types, optimized for different frequency bands and for different purposes. Sometimes, if you can't test at the frequencies and power levels anticipated, the calculations will be more accurate than the tests! __________________ I may be barking up the wrong tree, but at least I'm barking!
 10th June 2012, 08:36 PM #5 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Aug 2011 Location: Maryland USA There are a few ways to measure, probably best to buy a meter. However, just used a amp-load-generator-volt meter to wind a pair, it seems very accurate (but messy) pic on #12 2 way crossover design help
 10th June 2012, 10:06 PM #6 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 I have just ordered a better meter on ebay. I am also trying to think how I'd make my own measurement kit using my tone generator to produce any frequency I'd want.
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 Originally Posted by akis I am trying to work out the inductance of a coil wound around a ferrite core. I am using the formula: L = u0 * u1 * N^2 * A / d where u0 is permeability of space ( 4 * pi * 10^-7) u1 is permeability of ferrite ( EPCOS N97 = 2300) N is turns ( 2.5 ) A is cross sectional area = 1.767 cm^2 l is coil length = 5 mm The formula says 638 uH but I am measuring 9uH. If I wind about 12 turns and on a slightly larger diameter I measure 739 uH. Is there a way to be able to calculate the inductance without having to wind up and then measure? PS. I realise that the wire is wound on a former and there is a gap between that and the ferrite - may be that has something to do with it ?
What shape is your ferrite core? Closed magnetic circuit like a U-core, open like a cylinder? Dimensional quantities, datasheet of the core?
Form and dimensions of the winding?
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 11th June 2012, 09:25 PM #8 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 I use EPCOS RM10 and RM12 cores and bobbins. I have ordered a RM14 (bigger) to try and get better regulation. But my problem is the inaccuracy of my inductance meter. I have ordered a better one and will test again.
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 Originally Posted by akis I use EPCOS RM10 and RM12 cores and bobbins. I have ordered a RM14 (bigger) to try and get better regulation. But my problem is the inaccuracy of my inductance meter. I have ordered a better one and will test again.
Then you do not use the correct formula.

In the case of a ready-made core, the manufacturer gives you directly the AL, in nanohenry/turn˛. All you have to do is to multiply this figure by the number of turns squared to get your inductance.

For example, the ungapped RM12 in N97 material has AL=5300.
http://www.farnell.com/datasheets/486640.pdf
Thus, with 2.5 turn, your inductance should be 2.5˛*5300=33125nH, or 33.125µH.
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 21st June 2012, 10:16 AM #10 diyAudio Member   Join Date: Jul 2008 My inductance meter uses frequencies up to 800 KHz. Does the secondary coil affect the inductance of the primary? If I short the secondary coil I read different values. I think I read somewhere this is called "leaked inductance"?

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