Wien Parallel Bridge | frequency measurement

Wien parallel bridge is also a ratio bridge used mainly as the feedback network in the wide-range audio-frequency R-C oscillators. This bridge may be used for measuring audio-frequencies although it is not as accurate as the modern digital frequency meters.

The bridge circuit of wien parallel bridge is shown in figure 1. In the simple theory of this bridge, capacitors C1 and C2 are assumed to be loss-free and resistance R1 and R2 are separate resistors.

The usual relationship for balance gives

Separating the real and imaginary terms, we have



Note. Equation (ii) may be used to find angular frequency ω of the source if other terms are known. For such purpose, it is convenient to make C1 = 2C2, R3 = R4 and R2 = 2R1. In that case, the bridge has equal ratio arms so that equation (i) will always satisfied. The bridge is balanced simultaneously by adjusting R2 and R1 (through maintaining R2 = 2R1). Then, as sheen from equation (ii) above

ω2 = 1/(R1.2R1.2C2.C2) or ω = 1/(2R1C2)

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