SBAS833A April 2017 – April 2017 ADS8586S
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The ADS8586S enables high-precision measurement of up to six analog signals simultaneously. The device is a fully-integrated data acquisition system based on a 16-bit data acquisition (DAQ) system based on a 16-bit successive approximation (SAR) analog-to-digital converter (ADC). The device includes an integrated analog front-end for each input channel and an integrated voltage reference with a precision reference buffer. As such, this device does not require any additional active circuits for driving the reference analog input pins of the ADC.
This application example involves the measurement of electrical variables in a power system. The accurate measurement of electrical variables in a power grid is extremely critical because this measurement helps to determine the operating status and running quality of the grid. Such accurate measurements also help to diagnose potential problems with the power network so that these problems can be resolved quickly without having any significant service impact. The key electrical parameters include amplitude, frequency, and phase measurement of the voltage and current on the power lines. These parameters are important to enable metrology in the power automation system to perform harmonic analysis, power factor calculation, power quality assessment, and so forth.
To begin the design process, a few parameters must be decided upon. The designer must know the following:
For the ADS8586S, each channel incorporates an analog front end composed of a programmable gain amplifier (PGA), analog low-pass filter, and ADC input driver. The analog input for each channel presents a constant resistive impedance of 1 MΩ independent of the ADC sampling frequency and range setting. The high input impedance of the analog front end circuit allows direct connection to potential transformers (PT) and current transformers (CT). The ADC inputs can support up to ±10-V or ± 5-V bipolar inputs and the integrated signal conditioning eliminates the need for external amplifiers or ADC driver circuits.
The PT and CT used in the system, as illustrated in Figure 84, have a ±10-V output range. Although the PT and CT provide isolation from the power system, a series resistor must be placed on the analog input channels. The series resistor helps limit the input current to ±10 mA if the input voltages exceed ±15 V. For applications that require protection against overvoltage or fast transient events beyond the specified absolute maximum ratings of the device, an external protection clamp circuit using transient voltage suppressors (TVS) and ESD diodes is recommended.
A low-pass filter is used on each analog input channel to eliminate high-frequency noise pickup and minimize aliasing. Figure 85 shows an example of the recommended configuration for an input RC filter. A balanced RC filter configuration matches the external source resistance on the positive path (AIN_nP) with an equal resistance on the negative path (AIN_nGND). Matching the source impedance in the positive and negative path allows for better common-mode noise rejection and helps in maintaining the DC accuracy of the system by canceling any additional offset error contributed by the external series resistance.
The primary goal of the data acquisition system illustrated in Figure 84 is to measure up to 20 harmonics in a 60-Hz power network. Thus, the analog front-end must have sufficient bandwidth to detect signals up to 1260 Hz, as shown in Equation 1.
Based on the bandwidth calculated in Equation 1, the ADS8586S is set to simultaneously sample all six channels at 20 kSPS, which is sufficient throughput to clearly resolve the highest harmonic component of the input signal. The pass band of the low-pass filter configuration shown in Figure 85 is determined by the –3-dB frequency, calculated according to Equation 2.
The value of CF is selected as 5.6 nF, a standard capacitance value available in 0603-size surface-mount components. In combination with the resistor RF, this low-pass filter provides sufficient bandwidth to accommodate the required 20 harmonics for the input signal of 60 Hz.
The ADS8586S can operate with either the internal voltage reference or an external reference. The Internal Reference section describes the electrical connections and recommended bypass capacitors when using the internal reference. Alternatively for applications that require a higher precision voltage reference, Figure 86 shows an example of an external reference circuit. The REF5025 provides a very low drift, and very accurate external 2.5-V reference. The resistor RFILT and capacitor CFILT form a low-pass filter to reduce the broadband noise and minimize the resulting effect of the reference noise on the system performance.
Figure 87 shows the frequency spectrum of the data acquired by the ADS8586S for a sinusoidal, ±10-V input at 60 Hz.
The ac performance parameters measured by this design are: