A Variable Inductor
A variable af inductor is described. The inductance is controlled by the movement of a magnet to and from the cores. The industor can be equipped with a calibrated dial. Using two cores through the coil with the flux from the magnet flowing in opposite directions through the two cores results in no increase in harmonics over the amount generated by the same cores with air gaps. This method of inductance control eliminates -electrical backlash.- In other words, the inductance returns to the same value for a given dial setting. Q's of over 100 at 1,000 cps and 30 at 100 cps are possible. Inductance changes of more than 30 to 1 are obtainable. Two limitations have shown up in the experimental work. First, the permeability increases 0.66% per degree centigrade on the ferrite material that is being used; second, the ferrite material saturates at 3,400 gauss, limiting the power handling ability of the coil.
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