Two compensated current comparators with magnetic flux cancelling have been made in the 1970s by the LCIE (Laboratoire Central des Industries Electriques) as a reference for high current transformers calibration for currents up to 50 kA at industrial frequencies 50 Hz, 60 Hz and 400 Hz. They are associated with manually operated electronic equipments: an adjustable phantom burden and a ratio error set capable to provide with high accuracy the quadrature and the in-phase components of the current transformer errors. This article presents the work that has been done to entirely redefine theses devices by abandoning the idea of a direct servo system of the old equipment and replacing it by a software servo that offers high calibration stability, better incertainties and fully controllable by a remote computer via an USB connection, allowing full automation of the procedure.

Key words

compensated current comparator
phantom burden
ratio error set
current transformer
ratio error