Induction Motor Characteristics

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Three phase induction motors in the integral horsepower sizes, i.e., above 1hp, three-phase induction motors of various types drive more industrial equipment than any other means.
Induction Motor Characteristics
Induction Motor Characteristics
The most common three-phase (polyphase) induction motors fall within the following major types:
 
NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) design
 
B: Normal torques, normal slip, normal locked amperes NEMA design A: High torques, low slip, high locked amperes NEMA design C: High torques, normal slip, normal locked amperes
NEMA design D: High locked-rotor torque, high slip Wound-rotor: Characteristics depend on external resistance
Multispeed: Characteristics depend on design—variable torque, constant torque, constant horsepower
 
There are many specially designed electric motors with unique characteristics to meet specific needs. However, the majority of needs can be met with the preceding motors.
 
NEMA Design B Motors
 
The NEMA design B motor is the basic integral horsepower motor. It is a three-phase motor designed with normal torque and normal starting current and generally has a slip at the rated load of less than 4%. Thus, the motor speed in revolutions per minute is 96% or more of the synchronous speed for the motor.
 
For example, a four-pole motor operating on a 60-Hz line frequency has a synchronous speed of 1800 rpm or a full-load speed of 1800 – (1800 x slip) – 1800 – (1800 x 0.04) = 1800 – 72 = 1728 rpm or 1800 x 0.96= 1728 rpm
 
In general, most three-phase motors in the 1- to 200-hp range have a slip at the rated load of approximately 3% or, in the case of four-pole motors, a full-load speed of 1745 rpm. Figure 1.1 shows the typical construction for a totally enclosed, fan-cooled NEMA design B motor with a die-cast aluminum single-cage rotor.
 
Figure shows the typical speed-torque curve for the NEMA design B motor. This type of motor has moderate starting torque, a pull-up torque exceeding the full-load torque, and a breakdown torque (or maximum torque) several times the full-load torque.
 
Thus, it can provide starting and smooth acceleration for most loads and, in addition, can sustain temporary peak loads without stalling. The NEMA performance standards for design B motors.
 
NEMA design B totally enclosed, fan-cooled polypha induction motor in the past, there were no established standards for efficiency or power factor for NEMA design B induction motors. However, NEMA had established standards for testing and labeling induction motors. Recently, NEMA has established efficiency standards for energy-efficient polyphase induction motors. These standards are discussed in detail
 
NEMA Design A Motors
 
The NEMA design A motor is a polyphase, squirrel-cage induction motor designed with torques and locked-rotor current that exceed the corresponding values for NEMA design B motors. The criterion for classification as a design A motor is that the value of the locked-rotor current be in excess of the value for NEMA design B motors.
 
The NEMA design A motor is usually applied to special applications that cannot be served by NEMA design B motors, and most often these applications require motors with higher than normal breakdown torques to meet the requirements of high transient or short-duration loads. The NEMA design A motor is also applied to loads requiring extremely low slip, on the order of 1% or less.
 
NEMA Design A Motors
 
 
NEMA Design C Motors
 
The NEMA design C motors is a squirrel-cage induction motor that develops high locked-rotor torques for hard-to-start applications. Figure shows the construction of a drip-proof NEMA design C motor with a double-cage, die-cast aluminum rotor. Figure shows the typical speed torque curve for the NEMA design C motor. These motors have a slip at the rated load of less than 5% a Single-speed, polyphase, squirrel-cage, medium-horsepower motors with continuous ratings (percent of full-load torque). b For other speeds and ratings, see NEMA Standard MG1-12.38.1.
 
hp   Synchronous speed, 60 Hz  
3600 rpm 1800 rpm 1200 rpm 900 rpm
1 275 170 135
1.5 175 250 165 130
2 170 235 160 130
3 160 215 155 130
5 150 185 150 130
7.5 140 175 150 125
10 135 165 150 120
15 130 160 140 125
■H) 130 150 13 5 125
25 130 150 135 125
30 130 150 135 125
■ 10 125 140 135 125
50 120 110 L35 125
m 120 140 135 125
75 105 140 135 125
100 105 125 125 125
125 100 110 125 120
150 100 110 120 120
200 100 100 L20 120
250 70 80 100 100
 
Source: Reprinted by permission from NEMA Standards Publication No. MG1-1987 Motor and Generators, copyright 1987 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The NEMA performance standards for NEMA design C motors
 
NEMA Design D Motors
 
The NEMA design D motor combines high locked-rotor torque with high full-load slip. Two standard designs are generally offered, one a Single-speed, polyphase, squirrel-cage, medium-horsepower motors with continuous ratings (percent of full-load torque). b For other speeds and ratings, see NEMA Standard MG1-12.39.1.
 

 

hp   Synchronous speed, 60 Hz  
3600 rpm 1800 rpm 1200 rpm 900 rpm
1 300 265 215
1.5 250 280 250 210
2 2 10 270 240 210
:.i 230 250 230 205
5 215 225 215 205
7,5 200 215 205 200
10 200 200 200 200
15 200 200 200 200
20 200 200 200 200
25 200 200 200 200
30 200 200 200 200
40 200 200 200 200
50 200 200 200 200
00 200 200 200 200
75 200 200 200 200
100 200 200 200 200
125 200 200 200 200
150 200 200 200 200
200 200 200 200 200
250 175 175 175 175
 
MG1-1987 Motors and Generators, copyright 1987 by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.
with full-load slip of 5-8 % and the other with full-load slip of 813%. The locked-rotor torque for both types is generally 275-300% of full-load torque; however, for special applications, the locked-rotor torque can be higher.
 
phase induction motor

 
Figure shows the typical speed-torque curves for NEMA design D motors. These motors are recommended for cyclical loads such as those found in punch presses, which have:
 
a Three-phase, 60-Hz, medium-horsepower, squirrel-cage induction motors rated at 230V.
 
b For other horsepower ratings, see NEMA Standard MG1-12.35.
 
c The locked-rotor current for motors designed for voltages other than 230V shall be inversely proportional to the voltage.
 

 

  Locked-rotor NEMA design  
hp current A letter Code letter
1 30 B, D N
1.5 ■10 B, D M
2 50 B, D L
3 64 B, C, D K
5 92 B, C, D •I
7.5 127 B, C, D 11
10 162 B, C, D II
].-> 232 B, C, D G
20 290 B, C, D c,
  365 B, C, D G
;:o 435 B, C, D G
10 580 B, c, n G
50 725 B, c, n G
60 870 B, C, D G
75 1085 B, C, D G
100 1450 B, C, D G
125 1815 B, C, D G
150 2170 B, C, D G
2i)0 2900 B, C G
250 3650 B G
 
Stored energy systems in the form of flywheels to average the motor load and are excellent for loads of short duration with frequent starts and stops. The proper application of this type of motor requires detailed information about the system inertia, duty cycle, and operating load as well as the motor characteristics. With this information, the motors are selected and applied on the basis of their thermal capacity.
 
Wound-Rotor Induction Motors
 
The wound-rotor induction motor is an induction motor in which the secondary (or rotating) winding is an insulated polyphase winding similar to the stator winding. The rotor winding generally terminates at collector rings on the rotor, and stationary brushes are in contact with each collector ring to provide access to the rotor circuit.
 
hp   Synchronous speed, 60 Hz  
1800 rpm 1200 rpm 900 rpm
  225 200
5 200 200 200
7.5-200 190 190 100
inclusive      
 
A number of systems are available to control the secondary resistance of the motor and hence the motor’s characterstics. The use and application of wound-rotor induction motors have been limited mostly to hoist and crane applications and special speed-control applications. Typical wound-rotor motor speed-torque curves for various values of resistance inserted in the rotor circuit are shown in Fig.
 
NEMA design C motor speed torque curve
 
As the value of resistance is increased, the characteristic of the speed-torque curve progresses from curve 1 with no external resistance to curve 4 with high external resistance. With appropriate control equipment, the characteristics of the motor can be changed a Single-speed, polyphase, squirrel-cage,
 
National Electrical Manufacturers Association


medium-horsepower motors with continuous ratings (percent of full-load torque), a Single-speed, polyphase, squirrel-cage, medium-horsepower motors with continuous ratings (percent of full-load torque), by changing this value of external rotor resistance.
 
hp   Synchronous speed, 60 Hz  
1800 rpm 1200 rpm 900 rpm
3 250 225
5 250 250 225
7.5 250 225 200
10 250 225 200
15 225 200 200
20-200 200 200 200
inclusive      

Solid-state inverter systems have been developed that, when connected in the rotor circuit instead of resistors, return the slip loss of the motor to the power line. This system substantially improves the efficiency of the wound-rotor motor used in variable-speed applications.
 
5 8 and 8 13 slip
 
Multispeed Motors
 
Motors that operate at more than one speed, with characteristics similar to those of the NEMA-type single-speed motors, are also available. The multispeed induction motors usually have one or two primary windings.
 
In two winding motors
 
In one-winding motors, the ratio of the two speeds must be 2 to 1; for example, possible speed combinations are 3600/
1800, 1800/900, and 1200/600 rpm. In two-winding motors, the ratio of the speeds can be any combination within certain design limits, depending on the number of winding slots in the stator.
 
two speed motor
 
The most popular combinations are 1800/1200, 1800/900, and 1800/ 600 rpm. In addition, two-winding motors can be wound to provide two speeds on each winding; this makes it possible for the motor to operate at four speeds, for example, 3600/1800 rpm on one winding and 1200/600 rpm on the other winding.
 
Multispeed motors are available with the following torque characteristics.
 
Variable Torque. The variable-torque multispeed motor has a torque output that varies directly with the speed, and hence the horsepower output varies with the square of the speed. This motor is commonly used with fans, blowers, and centrifugal pumps to control the output of the driven device.
 
Another popular drive for fans is a two winding
 
Figure shows typical speed-torque curves for this type of motor. Superimposed on the motor speed-torque curve is the speed-torque curve for a typical fan where the input horsepower to the fan varies as the cube of the fan speed.
 
Another popular drive for fans is a two-winding two-speed motor, such as 1800 rpm at high speed and 1200 rpm at low speed. Figure 1.8 shows the typical motor speed-torque curve for the two-winding variable-torque motor with a fan speed-torque curve superimposed.
 
1800 rpm at high speed and 1200 rpm

 
Constant Torque. The constant-torque multispeed motor has a torque output that is the same at all speeds, and hence the horsepower output varies directly with the speed. This motor can be used with friction-type loads such as those found on conveyors to control the conveyor speed. Figure 1.9 shows typical speed-torque curves.
 
Constant Horsepower. The constant-horsepower multispeed motor has the same horsepower output at all speeds. This type of motor is used for machine tool applications that require higher torques at lower speeds. Figure shows typical speed-torque curves.
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