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1 Three phase induction motors Three-phase induction motors are the motors most frequently encountered in industry. They are simple, low- priced, and easy to maintain Such machines are called induction machines because the rotor voltage (which produces the rotor current and the rotor magnetic field) is induced in the rotor windings rather than being physically connected by wires. In this chapter we cover the basic principles of the 3-phase induction motor and develop the fundamental equations describing its behavior

2 Principle components 2 main parts: 1.Stationary Stator 2.Revolving Rotor “2 types”: Cage rotor Wound rotor

3 Stator It consists of a core of stacked, insulated, iron laminations, with windings of insulated copper wire filling the slots in the core

4 Squirrel-Cage Rotor The rotor consists of a shaft, a steel laminated rotor, and an embedded copper or aluminum squirrel cage

5 A wound rotor has a 3-phase winding, similar to the one on the stator. The winding is uniformly distributed in the slots and is usually connected in 3- wire wye. The terminals are connected to three slip- rings, which turn with the rotor. The revolving slip-rings and associated stationary brushes enable us to connect external resistors in series with the rotor winding. Wound Rotor Typical wound rotors for induction motors. Notice the slip rings and the bars connecting the rotor windings to the slip rings.


7 Three phase induction motors An induction motor has 2 main parts; the Stator and Rotor. The Stator is the stationary part and the rotor is the rotating part. The Rotor sits inside the Stator. There will be a small gap between rotor and stator, known as air-gap. The value of the radial air-gap may vary from 0.5 to 2 mm.

8 Principle of operation Example to understand the behavior of a three phase induction motors

9 1.(Faraday's law): A voltage E = Blv is induced in each conductor while it is being cut by the flux Principle of operation 2. The induced voltage immediately produces a current I, which flows down the conductor underneath the pole-face, through the end-bars, and back through the other conductors. 3. Because the current-carrying conductor lies in the magnetic field of the permanent magnet, it experiences a mechanical force (Lorentz force). 4. The force always acts in a direction to drag the conductor along with the magnetic field “Lenz law” 5. If the conducting ladder is free to move, it will accelerate toward the right.

10 Principle of operation In an induction motor the ladder is closed upon itself to form a squirrel-cage and the moving magnet is replaced by a rotating field. The field is produced by the 3-phase currents that flow in the stator windings, as we will now explain.

11 Rotating field Consider a simple stator having 6 salient poles. Each of which carries a coil, Coils that are diametrically opposite are connected in series. This creates three identical sets of windings AN, BN, CN, that are mechanically spaced at 120° to each other. The three sets of windings are connected in wye Currents flowing from line to neutral are considered to be positive.

12 Rotating field As time goes by, we will consider the instantaneous value and direction of the current in each winding and establish the successive flux patterns

13 Flux pattern at instant 1 Rotating field at instant 1 N NN S S S

14 We discover that the new field has the same shape as before, except that it has moved clockwise by an angle of 60°. In other words, the flux makes 1/6 of a turn between instants 1 and 2. Rotating field at instant 2 Flux pattern at instant 2 N N N S S S

15 Proceeding in this way for each of the successive instants 3, 4,5,6, and 7, separated by intervals of 1/6 cycle, we find that the magnetic field makes one complete turn during one cycle

16 Rotating field The rotational speed of the field depends, therefore, upon the duration of one cycle, which in turn depends on the frequency of the source. If the frequency is 50 Hz, the resulting field makes one turn in 1/50 s, that is, 3000 revolutions per minute. Because the speed of the rotating field is necessarily synchronized with the frequency of the source, it is called synchronous speed.

17 Rotating field direction When the positive crests of the currents follow each other in the order A-B-C, this phase sequence produces a field that rotates clockwise. If we interchange any two of the lines connected to the stator, we find that the field now revolves at synchronous speed in the opposite, or counterclockwise direction. Interchanging any two lines of a 3-phase motor will, therefore, reverse its direction of rotation.

18 Number of poles- synchronous speed 2 pole stator 4 pole stator How to construct a 4-pole stator? ? N S N S

19 Rotating field In comparing the two figures, it is clear that the entire magnetic field has shifted by an angle of 45°-and this gives us the clue to finding the speed of rotation. The flux moves 45° in one half cycle and so it takes 8 half-cycles (= 4 cycles) to make a complete turn. On a 50 Hz system the time to make one turn is therefore 4 x 1/50 = 0.08 s. Consequently, the flux turns at the rate of 12.5 r/s or 750 r/min.

20 Rotating field The speed of a rotating field depends therefore upon the frequency of the source and the number of poles on the stator.

21 Starting characteristics of a squirrel-cage motor ”rotor locked” 1.A 3-phase voltage is applied to the stator of an induction motor. 2. This 3 phase voltage creates a three phase current which creates a revolving magnetic field 3. The revolving field induces a voltage in the rotor bars. 4. The induced voltage creates large circulating currents which flow in the rotor bars and end-rings. 5. The current-carrying rotor bars are immersed in the magnetic field created by the stator; they are therefore subjected to a strong mechanical force. ”Lorentz force” 6. The sum of the mechanical forces on all the rotor bars produces a torque which tends to drag the rotor along in the same direction as the revolving field. “LENZ Law”

22 Acceleration of the rotor-slip As soon as the rotor is released, it rapidly accelerates in the direction of the rotating field. “Lenz law” The speed will continue to increase, but it will never catch up with the revolving field, In effect, if the rotor did turn at the same speed as the field (synchronous speed), the flux would no longer cut the rotor bars and the induced voltage and current would fall to zero. Under these conditions the force acting on the rotor bars would also become zero and the friction and windage would immediately cause the rotor to slow down. The rotor speed is always slightly less than the synchronous speed

23 Slip

24 Frequency of the voltage induced in the rotor

25 Equivalent Circuit of a squirrel cage Induction Motor at standstill At standstill, it acts exactly like a conventional transformer and so its equivalent circuit is the same as that of a transformer. On standstill

26 This equivalent circuit of an induction motor is so similar to that of a transformer that it is not surprising that the induction motor is sometimes called a rotary transformer. Equivalent Circuit of the Induction Motor

27 !

28 Simplifying the equivalent circuit However for motors exceeding 2 hp, we can shift the magnetizing branch to the input terminals. This greatly simplifies the equations that describe the behavior of the motor, without compromising accuracy

29 Equivalent Circuit of the Induction Motor when the motor starts turning at slip s

30 Equivalent Circuit of the Wound Induction Motor In practice, to construct a final simplified equivalent diagram, we divide the secondary mesh equation by s, which shows an inductance equivalent leakage at frequency f. The frequencies of the primary and secondary then being identical with this manipulation, the elements are than shifted to the transformer primary.

31 Equivalent Circuit of the Wound Induction Motor

32 Active power flow


34 The power flow diagram enables us to identify and to calculate three important properties of the induction motor: (1)its efficiency (2)its power (3)its torque

35 Efficiency of an induction motor



38 Mechanical power

39 Example

40 Motor torque

41 Torque versus speed curve

42 The induced torque of the motor is zero at synchronous speed. This fact has been discussed previously. The torque- speed curve is nearly linear between no load and full load. In this range, the rotor resistance is much larger than the rotor reactance, so the rotor current, the rotor magnetic field, and the induced torque increase linearly with increasing slip. There is a maximum possible torque that cannot be exceeded. This torque, called the pullout torque or breakdown torque, is 2 to 3 times the rated full load torque of the motor. The starting torque on the motor is slightly larger than its full -load torque, so this motor will start carrying any load that it can supply at full power. Notice that the torque on the motor for a given slip varies as the square of the applied voltage. This fact is useful in one form of induction motor speed control that will be described later.

43 Torque versus speed curve At full-load the motor runs at a speed n. If the mechanical load increases slightly, the speed will drop until the motor torque is again equal to the load torque. As soon as the two torques are in balance. The motor will turn at a constant but slightly lower speed. However, if the load torque exceeds 2.5 T (the breakdown torque), the motor will quickly stop.

44 Motor under load The motor and the mechanical load will reach a state of equilibrium when the motor torque is exactly equal to the load torque. When this state is reached, the speed will cease to drop and the motor will turn at a constant rate. It is very important to understand that a motor only turns at constant speed when its torque is exactly equal to the torque exerted by the mechanical load. The moment this state of equilibrium is upset, the motor speed will start to change.

45 Effect of rotor resistance the starting torque doubles locked-rotor current dcreases breakdown torque remain unchanged

46 Effect of rotor resistance


48 Wound-rotor vs squirrel rotor Although a wound-rotor motor costs more than a squirrel-cage motor, it offers the following advantages: 1. The locked-rotor current can be drastically reduced by inserting three external resistors in series with the rotor. Nevertheless, the locked-rotor torque will still be as high as that of a squirrel-cage motor. 2. The speed can be varied by varying the external rotor resistors. 3. The motor is ideally suited to accelerate high-inertia loads, which require a long time to bring up to speed.

49 Circuit used to start a wound-rotor motor

50 Example The stator of an induction motor is connected in wye during startup, and then in delta for normal operation. 1- Show that the line current consumed in wye connection is three times smaller that in delta connection. 2- It is assumed that the engine output torque is proportional to the square of the voltage. Show that the output torque is divided by three during the starting phase. 3- What is the advantage of starting “wye - delta"? What is it’s disadvantage?

51 Speed control of induction motors It can accomplished by : 1.Changing the number of poles on the machine 2.Changing the applied electrical frequency 3.Changing the applied terminal voltage “torque proportional to the square of the applied voltage” 4.Changing the rotor resistant in the case of a wound-rotor induction motor

52 Induction motor operating as a generator We can make an asynchronous generator by connecting an ordinary squirrel-cage motor to a 3- phase line and coupling it to a gasoline engine. As soon as the engine speed exceeds the synchronous speed, the motor becomes a generator, delivering active power P to the electrical system to which it is connected. However, to create its magnetic field, the motor has to absorb reactive power Q. This power can only come from the ac line. With the result that the reactive power Q flows in the opposite direction to the active power P

53 Complete torque-speed characteristic of an induction machine

54 Induction motor operating as a generator Induction generators are usually rather small machines and are used principally with alternative energy sources, such as windmills, or with energy recovery systems. Almost all the really large generators in use are synchronous generators

55 Tests to determine the equivalent circuit No-load test

56 Tests to determine the equivalent circuit No-load test


58 Tests to determine the equivalent circuit Locked rotor test

59 Locked rotor equivalent circuit

60 Tests to determine the equivalent circuit Locked rotor test


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