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Machine question No.17 – Energy conservation

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      effect of increased voltage on motor
      What will happen when an 3 phase Sq.cage induction motor operates with increases voltage and frequency than rated ?
      Losses of the motor increases or decreases when operates as said above?

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        These have a great influence on the performance of a motor and the driven equipment. The motors are, however, designed for a combined variation in voltage and frequency according to zone A of below Figure . The maximum variation during service must fall within this zone. It will permit a variation in these parameters as indicated in below Table. Where, however, a higher variation in voltage and frequency is envisaged, motors suitable to fall within zone B in below Figure can also be manufactured. An increased voltage should improve the performance of the machine in the same way by reducing slip and the associated slip losses and also stator losses as a result of lower stator currents, but this would hold good only up to a certain increase in voltage, say up to 5%. Beyond this, not only will the no-load losses, as discussed above, assume a much higher proportion than the corresponding reduction in the stator current and the associated losses, the winding insulation will also be subject to higher dielectric stresses and may deteriorate, influencing its operating life, while at overvoltages of about 10% and higher the insulation may even fail. Moreover the stator current may start to rise much more than the corresponding increase in the output to account for higher no-load losses and a poorer power factor. Below figure illustrates the approximate effect of voltage variation on the motor output. Higher voltages beyond 5% may thus be more harmful, even if the insulation level is suitable for such voltages. The circle diagram of Figure explains this by shifting the semicircle to the right, because of higher Inl and


          Our factory is operating with captive power plant of 36 MW, By slightly reducing the frequency from 50.5 Hz to 49 Hz , and voltage from 440 to 415 V , Our Energy consumption as well as Generation reduces considerably without any decrease in our Production, Is it Real savings ? and why other captive plants should not follow this ? What will be the effect ?


            According to IEC, when your continues operation voltage and frequency are 415 V (allowed margin 418-448.8 V) and 49 HZ (allowed margin 49.49-51.51 HZ) respectively, not only you miss operation safety margin but also you front the risk of operation performance reduction.

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