Inrush current origin
As soon as the current is switched on the rotating field rotates at full speed along the rotor bars of the squirrel cage rotor.
(Cp. Figure 52) indicates that as s = 1 (U = U), a greater inrush current is attained in the rotor which is transmitted transformerwise to the stator side.
Every asynchronous motor accepts a higher current when starting from no-load position.
This inrush current, when utilising the full mains voltage, can be four to eight times as great as the rated current.
This excessive current load can lead to a disruptive voltage drop in the network. Consequently, for example, only motors with a rated performance of up to 2.2 kW may be connected directly to the 380 V network where the making current exceeds the rated current by more than seven times over. Higher powered motors require special measures for cutting back the considerable starting current.
Incorporating the equation
we derive for the rotor current I2
The rotor note only features the small ohmic resistor R2 but also the inductive resistor
XL2 = s • ω1•L2 = s • 2 • π • f1• L2
During the switching torque the resistance attains its maximum value as s = 1 and is therefore greater than the ohmic resistance.
Legend as for Figure 52
The power factor cos φ2 therefore attains a minimal value and there is similarly only a low starting torque
Despite the considerable inrush current the asynchronous motor only evidences a minimal torque when starting from no-load position.
Measures to restrict the starting current
All drive operations presuppose a sound starting up, that is to say, a sufficiently high motor torque. Consequently measures must be undertaken to boost the starting torque. However, the network load which arises during start operations which may be evidenced in a voltage decline or through the inrush current, shall not exceed the prescribed values. It is therefore essential effectively to limit starting current. A simultaneous increase in starting torque is also often requested.
Starting current restriction becomes possible by
In the equation M = C2• Φ • I2• cos φ2 all physical values have been incorporated which might influence the torque. Such an optimal solution denotes that such values are changed which permit the starting torque to increase without increasing the starting current. This demand is only met if cos φ2 is increased. The power factor is boosted by means of an ohmic resistor at the rotor circuit resistance. This in turn makes necessary a different rotor construction from the short-circuit rotor.
Additional facilities make it possible to decrease the high starting current of the squirrel cage rotor motor (Cp. 5.4.1). A reduction of the starting current whilst simultaneously increasing the starting torque is only possible where differently constructed rotors are used which evidence a greater ohmic resistance during starting operations.
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