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Gap Voltage of Bently Nevada Vibration Probe

Gap voltage (VDC) is a direct representation of distance between the probe’s tip and the shaft’s surface. This is the quiescent voltage that needs to be adjusted between the proximitor’s output voltage range limits.

Any vibration of the shaft will cause the proximitor’s output voltage to vary in precise step.

Vibration Probe Gap Voltage

Bently Vibration Probe Gap Voltage Setting

Gap voltage of Bently Nevada vibration probe is usually set at -10V. Reason for setting at -10 volt is as we know, proximitor allows probe to work from -2 volt to -18 volt.

So voltage difference of 2 to 10 and 10 to 18 is 8 volt. When setting at -10 volt, probe can equally measures vibration at both sides (I mean when shaft is going away from probe or towards probe).

Suppose we adjust probe at -9 volt. Probe can detect vibration?

Yes, it can can detect vibration but its one side will be margin of 7 volt and other side margin of 11 volt.

At 11 volt margin, probe will detect vibration excellent but at other side,7 volt side, it has limitation, when more vibration it may not detect.

(Old system, when proximitor supply was 18 volt, setting were at -8 volt, now such proximitor almost obsoleted)

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Ilias May 15, 2020 at 9:25 am

Thanks, you are best, I am technician instrumentation oil and gas the documents please of instrumentation

Alghefeili September 1, 2020 at 4:02 pm

great explanation ,

scott eric smith January 19, 2021 at 8:33 pm

there are time where you may have to set the gap voltage lower. Orbit magazine has some good articles on why you should set it lower. reason for trying to keep it centered is so you don’t cause a not ok signal if the vibration gets to high and causes it to hit the not ok level on the high or low end.


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