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How to measure parasitic capacitance between rf cable and metal surface

  1. Dec 24, 2007 #1
    dear all

    can anyone tell me..
    if i have a transmission line passed above a metalic surface, there will be a parasitic capacitance between the line and the surface. and it induces interference how can i measure it.
    and if there is any refrenece about the allowable induce voltage interference for this capacitance.

    thank you
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2007 #2

    berkeman

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    What kind of transmission line are you asking about? Are you asking about AC Mains high voltage power lines, or signal level coax, or balanced twin lead low-voltage cable (like TV antenna cable), or what?

    And why would just passing above a metal surface induce interference? Is there some inherent noise present on the metal surface with respect to something else?
     
  4. Dec 27, 2007 #3
    The easiest way is to measure power factor. Good thing I can spell it.
     
  5. Dec 30, 2007 #4
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    it is an rf cable connected by antenna like TV antenna cable. the cable is passed above metal surface that may be charged like aircraft metallic surface
     
  6. Dec 31, 2007 #5

    berkeman

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    If you have an unshielded balanced transmittion line, and you are worried about interference from a nearby source, consider using a balun at the antenna to match to coax. A coaxial transmission line is much less sensitive to noise sources.
     
  7. Dec 31, 2007 #6

    dlgoff

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    I'm thinking he's talking about coaxial cable; if it will get interference/coupling from having it pass over a metal roof or something.
     
  8. Dec 31, 2007 #7

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    It shouldn't, as long as a good balun is used at the antenna end (for balanced-to-unbalanced conversion), and as long as the receiving end is well shielded with a good coax shield termination.
     
  9. Jan 1, 2008 #8

    dlgoff

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    That was my thought. Wikipedia has a good page on Coaxial Cable.
     
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