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Change of capacitors in voltage multiplyer

  1. Nov 20, 2009 #1

    I have a supply for biasing a photomultiplyer tube in a plessey ratemeter. In the supply there is a voltage multiplyer of the Villard cascade type, with a filter after it.

    The voltage multiplyer is supplied with a 9kHz supply of 300v p-p.

    We replaced the original capacitors, which were a resin impregnated paper dilectric (WIMA Durolit) with a polyester dilectric capacitor. The value of capacitange has changed from 56 nF to a preferred value of 68 nF.

    When we changed the capacitors over, we notived an increase in ripple current in the DC output from around 7mV to around 30mV.

    Can anyone shed any light on what may have caused this?

    Thanks, Luc
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  3. Nov 20, 2009 #2


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    What are the ESR and ESL values for the two types and values of capacitors?
  4. Nov 23, 2009 #3
    I couldnt find the values in the specification sheets so i tried to measure the ESR the other day using a 9kHz square wave but i couldnt see any discernable difference between the two, although i cannot garuantee my test was completely accurate as i have never preformed it before.

    I have run a few simulations on LTSpice adjusting the ESI and ESR values but it did not seem to have the magnitude of increase in ripple current that i am seeing in reality.
  5. Nov 24, 2009 #4
    Disregard this thread, the increase in ripple current is caused somewhere else, i checked the HT board in another ratemeter and found there to be a much lower ripple.

    Now i just have to find out where the damn voltage is leaking from.
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