The Kelvin bridge or Thompson bridge is used for measuring the unknown resistances having a value less than 1Ω. It is the modified form of the Wheatstone Bridge. Here we will study about Kelvin Bridge, its Diagram and the equation of Kelvin Bridge.

### Why there is a requirement of Kelvin Bridge?

Wheatstone bridge use for measuring the resistance from a few ohms to several kilo-ohms. But error occurs in the result when it is used for measuring the low resistance. This is the reason because of which the Wheatstone Bridge is modified, and the Kelvin bridge obtains. The Kelvin bridge is suitable for measuring the low resistance.### Modification of Wheatstone Bridge

In Wheatstone Bridge, while measuring the low-value resistance, the resistance of their lead and contacts increases the resistance of their total measured value. This can easily be understood with the help of the circuit diagram.**r**is the resistance of the contacts that connect the

**unknown resistance R**to the

**standard resistance S**. The

**‘m’**and

**‘n’**show the range between which the galvanometer is connected for obtaining a null point. When the galvanometer is connected to point ‘m’, the lead resistance r is added to the standard resistance S. Thereby the very low indication obtains for unknown resistance R. And if the galvanometer is connected to point n then the r adds to the R, and hence the high value of unknown resistance is obtained. Thus, at point n and m either very high or very low value of unknown resistance is obtained. So, instead of connecting the galvanometer from point, m and n we chose any intermediate point say d where the resistance of lead r is divided into two equal parts, i.e., r

_{1}and r

_{2}$\frac{r_{1}}{r_{2}}=\frac{P}{Q} \ldots \ldots$ equ ( 1) The presence of $\mathrm{r}_{1}$ causes no error in the measurement of unknown resistance. $$ R+r_{1}=\frac{P}{Q} \cdot\left(S+r_{2}\right) $$ From equation $(1),$ we get $$ \begin{aligned} \frac{r_{1}}{r_{1}+r_{2}} &=\frac{P}{P+Q} \\ r_{1}=& \frac{P}{P+Q} \cdot r \end{aligned} $$ $a S$ $$ \begin{aligned} r_{1}+r_{2} &=r \\ r_{2}=& \frac{Q}{P+Q} \cdot r \\ R+\frac{P}{P+Q} \cdot r &=\frac{P}{Q}\left(S+\frac{Q}{P+Q} r\right) \\ R &=\frac{P}{Q} \cdot S \end{aligned} $$ The above equation shows that if the galvanometer connects at point d then the resistance of lead will not affect their results. The above mention process is practically not possible to implement. For obtaining the desired result, the actual resistance of exact ratio connects between the point m and n and the galvanometer connects at the junction of the resistor.

### Kelvin Double Circuit Bridge

The ratio of the arms p and q are used to connect the galvanometer at the right place between the point j and k. The j and k reduce the effect of connecting lead.**The P and Q is the first ratio of the arm and p and q is the second arm ratio.**