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Publication numberUS1669589 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 15, 1928
Filing dateJan 31, 1925
Priority dateJan 31, 1925
Publication numberUS 1669589 A, US 1669589A, US-A-1669589, US1669589 A, US1669589A
InventorsButtner Harold H
Original AssigneeWestern Electric Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Power-line signaling system
US 1669589 A
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May 15, 1928'. 1,669,589 H. H. BUTTNER POWER LINE SIGNALING SYSTEM Filed Jan. 31, 1925 2 Sheets -Sheet 1 hvenfon 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 May 15, 1928.

1 H H BUTTNER POWER LINE SIGNALING SYSTEM Filed Jan. 31, 1925 F/y J Patented May 15, 1928. I




Application tiled January This invention relates to communication by means of high frequency waves and more particularly to connnunieation 'over power lines by superimposing the high frequency waves upon power currents traversing the power lines.

Heretofore, there has been employed in' power line signaling systems an aerial consistlng of a long wire in parallel relationship to the power line, or two separate aeri als, one connected to the power line and one to the signaling apparatus, by means of which transfer of energy is obtained. In

power line communication, it is advanta-' geous to use diflerent frequencies in transmitting and receiving, necessitating terminal apparatus capable of passing both frequencies.

When waves of frequencies somewhat widely separated are used for transmission and reception, the band of frequencies transmitted by the circuit including the aerialpower-line-conductor capacity must be sufficiently'wide to include both frequencies. If this circuit is a flatly tuned circuit, there are two features of its operation which are capable of considerable improvement. One is to make the circuit moreetficient at each of the two frequencies employed. The other feature which is characteristic of some, but

. not all, species of the invention as described hereinafter is that of making the circuit discriminate against waves of frequencies lying between the employed frequencies as well as those lying above the higher, and below the lower employed frequency. I

It is an object of this invention to improve duplex telephone communication and other wave transmission over power lines' and other transmission conductors.

Another ob ect 1s:to provide for more efli- I cient coupling of signaling apparatus to a power line than heretofore employed.

A further object is to provide a coupling means for power. line signaling adapted to transmit waves within the desired frequency bands and surpass waves of other frequencies.

A still further object is to provide a coupling means capable of passing both transmitting and receiving bands with-a minimum amount of attenuation.

A feature of the invention consists in u 31, 1925. Serial No. 5,974.

ductances and capacities which, in connection with the inherent capacity of the aerial wires, form a filteror other selective network capable of transmitting the desired frequency bands.

The aerial coupling the si naling apparatus to the power line, may fie either of the form of a single long wire parallel to the power line and insulated therefrom or may consist of separate aerial structures, one'of which is connected to the power line and the other to the signaling apparatus. In either case, a capacity coupling between the power line and the apparatus is obtained;

Although the novel features which are believed to be characteristic of this invention will be pointed out with particularity in the claims appended hereto, the invention itself, its objects and advantages, the manner of its operation and the mode of its organization will be better understood by referring to the following description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein the same reference characters are used to designate corresponding parts in the various figures of which Fig. 1 represents a form of this invention having a ground return system.

Fig. 2 is a modification of the system of Fig. 1 to a two-wire transmission system.

Fig. 3 is a modification of Fig. 1 wherein coupling aerials are employed.

Fig. 4 is a modification of Fig. 2 employing coupling aerials.

Fig. 5 is an equivalent circuit to that of Figs. 1-to 4.

Fig. 6 is a series of curves illustrating transmission characteristics of two forms of the invention. v

Fig. 7 is an adaptation of the system of Fig. 1 designed topo'ssess a modified transmission characteristic.

Fig. 8 is an adaptation of the circuit of Fig. 7 to a two-wire transmission system.

mitting and receiving apparatus is illustrated in the application of W. V. Wolfe, Serial No. 704,614, filed April, 1924. Aerial wire 4 includes series condenser 53 and is terminated in filter section 6 to obtain the desired transmission characteristic as will be hereinafter explained. Condensers 7 and 8 rep resent the distributed capacity of the aerial.

4, to ground and to power line 2, respectively. The aerial capacities 8 are typical of capacityelements for coupling terminal elements and apparatus to the transmission line but the invention 1s not limited to the use of aerial capacities as oil condensers or equivalent elements may in some cases be employed.

In Fig. 2 signaling apparatus 1 is connected to power line 2 but insulated therefrom. In this and each succeeding figure the apparatus 1 is intended to indicate bothtransmitting and receiving circuits and devlces. Aerial wires 4 are terminated in filter section 6. Series condensers 5 are inserted in the aerial as in Fig. 1. Condensers 7 and 8 represent the equivalent distributed capacity of the aerial 4 to ground and to power line 2, respectivel The system shown in Fig. 3 is simi ar to that shown in Fig. 1, corresponding reference numbers being used to designate analogous parts. Capacity 8 of Fig. 1, the distributed capacity between the aerial wires 4 and power line 2, is obtained physically in Fig. 3 by coupling aerials 8, one of which is connected to power line 2 and the other to a signaling line 4. The signaling line 4 is terminated in filter section 6 similar tothat shown inFig. 1 and presents a system electrically equivalent thereto.

Fig. 4 shows the electrical equivalent of the system shown inFig. 2" wherein capacities 8 areobtained by separate aerial structures instead of the distributed capacity of a single line in parallel relationship to the power line. The remaining parts of Fig. 4 are analo one to correspondingly'numbered parts of ig.'2.

There are certain advantages in the system shown in Figs; 3 and 4 as compared to that of Figs. 1 and 2. For example the strength ofthe ower line is limited by certain nie-- chanica requirements and by the cost represented in the long power line. There is aerial wire. This element of danger is largely eliminated in the system shown in Figs. 3 and 4 by the use of a separate aerial structure, which is relatively inexpensive as compared to a power line and may be made as strong as desired. The use of a large size wire in the aerial would not materially increase the cost of installation whereas the cost of a large wire for the power line, due to its great length, would be prohibitive. By using a separate, aerial structure of great strength and associating therewith a second aerial connected to the signaling apparatus, the factor of safety is materially increased. Another feature is that the aerial-to-line capacity is more or less distributed whereas the aerial-to-aerial capacity is lumped.

An explanation of the operation oi: Figs. 1 to 4 can best be made by referring to the analogous circuit of Fig. 5 wherein inductance 3 corresponds to the inductance of terminal apparatus 1, including that of transformer 3 in Figs. 2 and 4. Capacity 7 corresponds to the distributed capacity represented as condensers 7 in Figs. 1 to 4, capacity 9 and inductance 10 correspond to tuned circuit 6, and capacity 5 is analogous to the correspondingly numbered capacities of Figs. 1 to 4.

This is a well known selective circuit hav ing two degrees of freedomand'has a transmission characteristic as shown by curve a of Fig. 6.

In Fig. 6 the transmitting fre uency is indicated as f, and the receiving requency as f,. In a practical system waves of frequencies of 80,000 and 100,000cycles per second have been found convenient. If the coupling arrangements of Figs. 1,2, 3, or


4 were used without the condenser 5 and circuit 6 the characteristic will be somewhat similar to the .curve (1 (Fig. 6). condensers and circuit 6 are added and the elements are properly pro rtioneda characteristic such as curve a (Fig. 6) is obtained. These curves are not drawn to scale and are intended to illustrate the invention as to principle but not as to quantitativeresults. Thus the curve a represents the characteristic of a system having two de grees of freedom wherein at two frequencies represeiited by the peaks of curve a, the

tenuation. vThis is especially advantageous in two-way communication as the peaks of When circuit will have a minimum amount of at- Leeann A characteristic feature of this circuit is an aerial coupled to a transmission conductor by capacity coupling having atransmitting and receiving apparatus connected to one end of the aerial and a tuned terminating circuit connected to the other end. A

condenser which divides the aerial into two parts 1s also used- Much greater efiiciencyin Figs. 7 and 8. The system shown in Fig.- 7 is a modification of the system of Fig. 1-

employing a plurality of filter sections contaimng circuits 6 and condensers 5 functioning analogously to the circuit 6 and conden-.

ser 5 of Fig. 1. The entire network is terminated in resistance 11 to obtain the de sired characteristic. This resistance is typical of any one of several terminating networks which may be employed. In some cases no resistance or other terminating network need be used and the circuit may then be left open which is equivalent to a termination of .infi'nite resistance.

Fig. is an adaptation of the system of Fig. 2 to correspond to the system shown in Fig. 7 for two-wire communication. Correspondingly numbered parts have similar functions. In these two systems filter sec tions will be chosen to give band pass characteristics similiar to that shown in curve b of Fig. .6. u The size and number of the irregular ripples of this curve may be controlled by changing the. number of sections of the filter and the terminating impedances or both. The invention is not limited to the use of networks containing filter sections of the kind illustrated but may employ other types of section. The principles of design of such networks are set forth in UTSTfpatcut to Campbell, 1,227,113, May 22, 1917 and in an article by Campbell in the Bell System Technical Journal vol. 1, No. 2 en.-

titled Physical theory of electrical wave filters.

The physical length of a system of this type is limited to' a portion of the length of the transmitted wave as measured on the power line conductor. Current in each'filter section will be in the same phase. If this current is applied to the transmisslon line at points a half wave length apart which would be at opposite potential no transfer would take place. The limiting case wouldbe one half wave length above which any addition in the-number of sections would decrease the si nal strength. Maximum effectiveness is o tained by utilizing a portion of the power line equal to approximately one quarter wave length of the si nal wave. The wave length referred to here 1s the wave length of a wave on the transmission lineand not on the coupling network. The coupling network will in general be several wave lengths in electrical len h but its physical length will in general e less than one-half a wave length on the power or other transmission line.

Although the principles of this invention have been illustrated by reference to particular forms of coupling means and particular sections, the invention is not limited to the.use of these particular forms but is of general ap lication in signaling systems employing otlier forms of coupling means and other filter sections within the scope'of the claims. 7

What is claimed is:

1. A wave signaling system-comprising a means for eapacitatively coup ing said line and said apparatus comprising an extended transmission line signaling apparatus and,

conductor electrostatica-lly associated with said line and including a series condenser, and terminating lmpedanc'es for sand conductor, said terminating nnpedances forming in connection with said condenser and the distributed capacity of said conductor a wave filter adapted to pass freely waves of a plurality of different frequencies while attenuating waves of all other frequencies.

2. A system for duplex communication over wer hnes COHlPllSll'lg a recelvmg circuit esigned to operate on a predetermined wave frequency, a transmitting circuit de- I signed to-operate on a different wave frequency, means for capacitatively coupling said circuits to said power line comprising 7 an aerial associated with said power line, and means including a terminating 1m dance for said aerial at the end remote rom said circuits adapted to cooperate with the distributed capacity of the aerial. in constituting said coupling means a wave filter selective to waves of both transmitting and receiving frequencies.

3. A system. for duplex communication .over

wer lines compris ing a receiving circuit esigned to operate on a predetermined wave'frequency, a transmitting circuit designed to operate on adi fi'erent wave frequency, means for capacit'atively coupling' said circuits .to'said power line comprising an aerial associated with said power line, and including a series condenser and means including a terminating impedance for said aerialat the end remote from said circuits comprising an inductance and a capacity 1n parallel adapted to cooperate with the d15- tributed capacity of said aerial and with said series ,cd'ndenser .in constituting said coupling means a wave filter selective to waves of both transmitting and receiving frequencies.

4. A transmitting conductor and means for effecting transference of wave energy between said conductor and terminal apparatus comprising a plurality of conductive elements constituting electrostatic capacities, one electrode of each of which is in conductive relation to said conductor, said elements being spaced along' said conductor.

5. A transmitting conductor and means 7 for effecting transference of wave energy between said conductor and a terminal circuit comprising a plurality of electrostatic ele-iments distributed along said circuit and sep arated by impedance element/s. 6. A system in accordance with claim 5 in which the electrostatic elements consist of aerial members.

7. A system in accordance withcla im 5 in which the impedance elements include electrical capacity elements.

8. An arrangement for' transferring energy to or from a transmission circuit comprising electric capacities at physically HAROLD H; BUTTN ER.

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US4912553 *Apr 29, 1988Mar 27, 1990Pal Theodore LWideband video system for single power line communications
U.S. Classification370/295, 340/538.16, 333/202, 455/402, 340/538.14
International ClassificationH04B3/54, H04B3/56
Cooperative ClassificationH04B3/56
European ClassificationH04B3/56