Creating a Calorimeter: Using Mathematica to Measure Dielectric Loss
Frederic Aitken, Electrical Engineering Lab of Grenoble
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As a researcher at the Electrical Engineering Lab of Grenoble, Frederic Aitken studies discharge in insulating liquids in order to understand the defects associated with high-voltage transformers. This requires the ability to quickly analyze experimental data and compare it to theoretical models.
For Aitken, Mathematica is a powerful tool capable of carrying out analytical calculations and numerical computations with minimal code. His team has even developed a calorimetric device capable of measuring dielectric losses in the power of electronic components using Mathematica.
In addition to making it easy to compare experimental results and theoretical models, Mathematica's ability to construct functions from interpolations means that Aitken can build a continuous model from only a few data points. "You can simplify the problem that was initially difficult or only had a few points tabulated using this aspect of Mathematica," he adds.