Capacitive angular displacement transducer

Georg Brasseur (Inventor), Thomas Eberharter (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


Measuring device for the measurement of a rotor angle including a capacitive angular displacement transducer generating an output that varies with an angular displacement of a shaft. A first stator has a plurality of transmitting electrodes to generate electric fields within the transducer due to excitation signals applied to the plurality of transmitting electrodes which are electrically conducting circle sectors of equal area which are electrically isolated from each other and which completely cover a rotational angle of 2 pi on the first stator. A second stator is parallel and coaxial to the first stator and includes a conductive ring electrode receiving excitation from the first stator and producing an electric output signal. A rotor is located coaxially, parallel to the first stator and the second stator. The rotor has at least one rotor blade in the form of circle sectors, the central angle of each rotor blade being equal to at least the sum of the central angles of two sectors of the first stator. A generator delivers output voltages to the sectors. An evaluation unit is connected to the second stator and includes at least one separation unit connected via an amplifier to the second stator and a following signal processing unit. The generator provides at least two different electrically separable output signals. The separation unit separates the received input signal with respect to the excitation signals into angle dependent transfer functions. The following signal processing unit determines the rotor angle from the angle dependent transfer functions.

Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS5598153
IPCG01D 5/ 241 A I
Priority date8/07/93
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


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