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History of A-C wave Form, Its Determination and Standardization

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1 Author(s)
Bedell, Frederick ; Professor emeritus of physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, N. Y., and consulting physicist, R. C. Burt Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

With the birth of the transformer and the first distribution of alternating currents, wave form assumed interest, and methods were developed for its determination, chiefly the point-by-point method of instantaneous contact, mechanical oscillograph, cathode-ray oscillograph, and the oscilloscope with stabilized time axis. The point-by-point method, by which were made the first major contributions, is now practically superseded by oscillograph and oscilloscope, each finding increasing use in its field. With the determination of wave form accomplished, demand arose for its standardization corresponding to expanding applications. No single standard being suited to all applications, different standards have been developed in different fields, as in power, communication, and insulation. While it is desirable that standards, once set up, remain fairly stable, they should be subject to review and occasional change to keep in step with technological Advances. Minor revision in communication is in progress. Although standards in other fields do not appear ideal, no immediate revision is recommended. Forty references are appended.

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American Institute of Electrical Engineers, Transactions of the  (Volume:61 ,  Issue: 12 )