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310CD High Speed Rotating Optical Chopper

310CD High Speed Optical ChopperFeatures

 The Model 310CD is a high speed optical chopper based on our standard 102 mm diameter discs. By spinning the discs many times faster than our standard system, chopping speeds up to 110 kHz can be achieved.

 The high speed is reached by using a 50 W electrically commutated motor and drive unit. The high efficiency of the motor means that a large proportion of the energy is transferred to the disc. Wind resistance is the limiting factor on the speed discs can be spun at. The greater the number of slots, the higher the wind resistance produced by the edge of the slots and hence the slower the maximum speed. To minimise losses, the chopping disc is enclosed in a carefully designed blade protector which guides the air flow around the disc.

 Fast chopping speeds come at a cost however. The 50 W of energy put into the motor has to be released somewhere. The action of the disc moving through the air causes the air to heat significantly. This coupled with the high speed of the disc causes jets of warm air to be released through any open apertures in the blade protector. Vibration is also an issue and it is therefore necessary to ensure that the chopping head is securely bolted to a secure surface at all times. Finally, the motion of the 2 slot disc, in particular, through the air causes a siren effect. This, at maximum speed, is deafening to the extent that ear defenders are considered necessary. Operation with the 445 slot disc is considered loud but only to the point where you would leave the room to make a phone call.

 Safety is an obvious concern with a system that has parts moving at 130m/s (290mph). This is achieved by enclosing the chopping disc in a blade protector. However, apertures in the blade protector remain a cause for safety concerns. To help reduce the dangers to a minimum, blanking plates are provided to cover all unused apertures. Plates are also supplied to reduce the size of apertures in use. However, in some experiments, due to the size of the optical beam to be chopped, it is not possible to completely remove the danger of finger ingress. It is therefore necessary for the user to ensure that it is not possible for fingers to come into contact with a moving disc through the use of guards etc.

Disc

Revs Per Second

Revs Per Minute

Chopping Frequency Range

300D2
(2 slots)

25 - 250 rps

1500 - 15000 rpm

50 - 500 Hz

300D5
(5 slots)

25 - 250 rps

1500 - 15000 rpm

125 - 1250 Hz

300D10
(10 slots)

25 - 250 rps

1500 - 15000 rpm

250 - 2500 Hz

300D30
(30 slots)

25 - 250 rps

1500 - 15000 rpm

750 - 7500 Hz

300D445
(445 slots)

25 - 250 rps

1500 - 15000 rpm

11 - 110 kHz

(please note, the 300D200 (200 slot disc) is not suitable for use with the Model 310 system as it is not strong enough for the speeds involved). A special 200 slot disc, part number 300D200HS, is available.

 When switched on and set to minimum speed the motor will rotate at 7 to 10 rps. For the disc to be stopped it is necessary to power off the control unit.

 The speed of the chopping disc can be controlled via a 10 turn potentiometer on the front of the control unit or an external DC voltage can be applied to a front panel BNC input. The motor speed is then set using the equation: chopping speed (Hz) = external voltage(V) x slots in disc x 49.44. e.g. an external voltage of 5.0 V with a 445 slot disc will give a chopping rate of 110kHz.

Specifications

310CDU Control Unit

Stability: ±0.01%/°C

Frequency Control: Internal - Manual Control via 10 turn potentiometer. External - BNC connector for 0 to 5V.

Frequency Read Out: 5 digit 14mm LED display with 1Hz resolution

Frequency Stability: Short term - see phase jitter. Long term - ±0.1% of maximum frequency.

Reference output: 5V HCT TTL signal via BNC socket.

Power Requirement: 100-130V or 200-260V AC, 50 or 60Hz, 60 VA.

Dimensions: 254(W) x 76(H) x 178(D)mm

Weight: 2.6kg (approx)

300P Blade Protector310H Chopping Head

Motor: 50W 2 pole electrically commutated motor with hall sensors and ball bearings with more than 6000 hours lifetime, 0-50000rpm reversible.

Reference pick-up: IR led and phototransistor pair with Schmitt trigger.

Dimensions: 73(H) x 75(L) x 32(W)mm, without disc or blade protector.

Blade protector: Comes complete with 300P blade protector

300D Chopping Discs

(please select one of the following discs for inclusion with the system)

Material: Half hard brass, 0.5mm thick (apart from the 300D445 which is 0.25mm stainless steel)

Diameter: 102mm

Surface Finish: Chemically blacked

Mark to Space Ratio: 1 to 1 with one blade

200 slot disk

r, a, b & d aperturesFrequency Range:

Disc

Frequency (Hz)

Aperture

Phase Jitter, Max

r

a

b

d

300D2
(2 slots)

50 - 500

32.0

77.0

26.7

32.0

±2°

300D5
(5 slots)

125 - 1250

32.0

30.8

10.7

23.1

±2°

300D10
(10 slots)

250 - 2500

32.0

15.4

5.4

13.2

±2°

300D30
(30 slots)

750 - 7500

32.0

5.1

1.8

4.8

±4°

300D445
(445 slots)

11000 - 110000

10.0

0.34

0.27

0.34

±30°

Ordering Information

Model 310CD

 A complete optical chopper system with frequency display includes: 310CDU Control Unit, 310H Chopping Head, 300P Blade Protector, 310I Interconnecting Cable, a single chopping disc (please select on order) and IEC mains lead.

It is strongly recommended that users contact Scitec Instruments first before purchasing the Model 310 so that all the issues associated with this instrument can be discussed.

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