## Current at Star Point on WYE generator

## Current at Star Point on WYE generator

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The star point on a Wye generator connects to Phases A, B, C, and ground through a nuetral transformer. In a perfectly balanced system, is there current at the star point?

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Julian

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My reasoning is that, according to Kirchoff(?), Current at any point in a circuit is identical to any other point in the same circuit. So how can full current be coming out of the high voltage side of the generator if there is no voltage at the star point (low voltage side of the generator)?

Can anyone clear this one up for me?

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The currents sum vectorially at the star point. The sum of the balanced 3-phase vectors is zero -

I ang(0) + I ang(120) + I ang(240) = 0

Draw the vectors and add them & you will see right away that the balanced current triangle is closed, with a resultant current of zero flowing in the star point neutral connection.

Unbalanced conditions are another matter.

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If there is no current flowing through the "star point" even in a balanced system then you could OPEN the star IN THE GENERATOR and the generator would still work! Sorry...but that just wont fly!

Your vector sums may add to zero ON THE NEUTRAL, but as Dakota stated you have Kirchoffs law of current ... and if A phase has 10 amps flowing out of it, it has to flow back into it at the STAR POINT to complete the circuit. Don't confuse the NEUTRAL with the STAR POINT ... they are NOT the same.

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The 10 A current in the A phase flows out of the generator winding on the line side lead and flows into the generator winding on the neutral side lead. The A phase current on the neutral side is the resultant of the vector addition of the (B + C) phase currents

at the star point, for a balanced system, which is what is under discussion. The resultant neutral current is zero.Certainly the generator wouldn't work with the star point open - that is self evident.

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For me, as a motor rewinder and electrician, the "star" is physically in the generator and the neutral is outside of the generator to carry unbalanced current back to the generator.

Let's remove the "neutral" from the question and the generator, which I think is what Dakota wanted to do. Is there current through the "star" on a loaded generator when there is NO neutral?

Looking at Dakota's second response, he thinks he is being told NO!

I think the answer is YES!

Which is it?

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Under fully balanced conditions, the three currents come out through the line terminations and no current goes in or out the star center through neutral line.

Julian

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Sorry if there was any misunderstanding of the original question and answer.

Just to make the point absolutely clear -

- The generator is equipped with six (6) leads

- Three (3) leads are connected to one end of each phase winding and to the generator output terminals - call these A, B, C

- The other three (3) leads are connected to the other end of each phase of the generator winding - call these X, Y, Z

- The load is connected to leads A, B, C

- Leads X, Y, Z are connected together to form the generator star point

- The star point is connected to ground through a neutral grounding transformer

- Whatever current flows in lead A also flows in lead X, and correspondingly for B and Y, C and Z (this is the principle of generator differential protection)

- At the star point, the currents in leads X, Y and Z are added vectorially. If the system is balanced, the vector sum is zero, if the system is unbalanced or if there are triple-n harmonics present, the zero sequence or summated harmonic current will flow in the neutral connection

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just my 2 cents worth .... it may just be a question of semantics/perspective ...

There are 3 currents flowing through the STAR point, it happens that - and this is the beauty of the Tesla 3 phase design - at the STAR point all 3-phase currents CANCEL out to zero ONLY ... as everyone has pointed out, in a balanced system. So therefore you get zero volts - no current ...

I hope this helps

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At one particular instant in a generators cycle one phase can be ZERO which means no current is passing through it. That leaves two phases now in series with one another. Those two voltages add (Vectorally) and ... with a load (lets use a 10 amp load) across them, those two phases now push current through the load.

In a series circuit all currents are EQUAL. That means that through the "star point" you have 10 amps flowing through it. So the answer is YES. Current does pass through the star point regardless of weather or not the generator is balanced.

I may be rusty on my theory and say this wrong (but that's never stopped me before) but here is what your "vector sum" is telling you... When you add them up so you get ZERO you are (for a lack of me to explain it better) doing the same as calculating power factor. When you have a power factor of ONE you are in unity (everything is in phase).... When you have a vector sum of zero in a generator you also have "unity". It does not mean the current is zero...it means that there is no unbalance outside of the generator and its all in phase with each other. That's all the vector sum is telling you ... it all adds up to zero at your X Y coordinate system. That means all the current is staying "inside" that XY point and not wandering outside of it.

Again... All a vector sum of zero means is that its "all in phase". It does not mean there is no current passing through the center of XY or the star point.

So Dakota, the answer is yes. You cannot escape the fact that current is flowing and that in order for that to happen you have to have a complete circuit... a series loop. So YES ... current will ALWAYS be flowing through the "star point" whenever there is a load.

I hope that makes it a little more clear.

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Sorry, but the vector sum is in no way analogous to power factor - there is absolutely no correlation.

What the vector sum means, in practical terms, is that if you put a clamp on ammeter over the three phase leads (on either side of the generator), the reading will be zero for a balanced loading condition.

The vector sum does NOT mean that all is in phase - it means that when you add the balanced out-of-phase currents together the net result is zero. Taking your case of say the A phase being at its instantaneous zero value, the B and C phases at that instant are equal and opposite - what instantaneously flows in on B flows out on C and the net result is still zero.

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Let me quote you... "What the vector sum means, in practical terms, is that if you put a clamp on ammeter over the three phase leads (on either side of the generator), the reading will be zero for a balanced loading condition."

I agree100% ...the vector sums are zero ... no current flowing through your NEUTRAL ... the currents cancel each other out so the ammeter sees nothing ... that does not mean there is no current flow ... there is. Put an equally balanced three phase load on the generator drawing 10 amps and your ammeter will still show zero while clamped on all three leads.

"The vector sum does NOT mean that all is in phase - it means that when you add the balanced out-of-phase currents together the net result is zero."

Hmm...I a agree... Here's my simple definition.

The vector sum of "zero" does mean all is in phase and canceling each other out ... your proof was in the fact that when the vector sum is zero the ammeter will show zero when clamped on all three legs ... and that's still with a 10 amp load.

"Taking your case of say the A phase being at its instantaneous zero value, the B and C phases at that instant are equal and opposite - what instantaneously flows in on B flows out on C and the net result is still zero."

B & C are 120 degrees apart, not 180! Or am I missing something there? Are you saying the current is zero?

Maybe we arguing both sides of the same coin.... Won't be the first time for me...

Let's go back to Dakotas original question, "In a perfectly balanced system, is there current at the star point?"

Do you still say "no"?

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This question stemmed from a conversation I had at work. I am a HydroElectric Operator for Seattle City Light. While an electrician and an apprentice were working on CTs at the star point of one of our generators, I asked if there was current flow at that point. The electrician said yes, the apprentice said no.

However, it's been pointed out to me by another operator at work, Current cannot be measured at a point. It can only be measured between two points. With that in mind, it makes the question about current "at the star point" unanswerable (I think).

Maybe it would be more correct to say that we're measureing current flow "passing the star point". If that's the case, then do we go to the vector sum addition of currents? Aaarrrgggghhhh!

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Star point in a node where are connected three windings and, in some cases, a fourth wire, the so called neutral. Kirchhoff laws state that for every instant, the sum of current values flowing in (or out) a node is zero.

In a balanced three phase system, the three generator windig currents are sinusoidal time functions:

Ia = Ip x sin(wt) Ip = current peak

Ib = Ip x sin(wt - 2pi/3)

Ic = Ip x sin(wt - 4pi/3)

It is eassy to verify that these three currents sum zero in every instant time.

If so, the fourth wire (neutral) current must be zero and can be suppressed with no effect for the rest of the system.

Julian

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"- The generator is equipped with six (6) leads

- Three (3) leads are connected to one end of each phase winding and to the generator output terminals - call these A, B, C

- The other three (3) leads are connected to the other end of each phase of the generator winding - call these X, Y, Z

- The load is connected to leads A, B, C

- Leads X, Y, Z are connected together to form the generator star point

- The star point is connected to ground through a neutral grounding transformer

- Whatever current flows in lead A also flows in lead X, and correspondingly for B and Y, C and Z (this is the principle of generator differential protection)

- At the star point, the currents in leads X, Y and Z are added vectorially. If the system is balanced, the vector sum is zero, if the system is unbalanced or if there are triple-n harmonics present, the zero sequence or summated harmonic current will flow in the neutral connection "

Let's take an instantaneous look at B & C while A has gone to zero volts. Lets make B flow to C. We now have a path that goes B to the LOAD and back to C. Then C comes out at Z which is connected to Y and completes our little loop back to B. That's a series loop and a complete circuit. If 10 amps goes through the load and ... in a series circuit ALL the currents are EQUAL ... then that means 10 amps is flowing through Z & Y. Peterbs points out that Z &Y are part of the star point. So the answer is YES, current does go through the star point.

Show me how that answer is "no".

I don't want to hear theory that the exact calculated phaser center (your node) happens to be one molecule of wire in the star point and no current flows in that one molecule. Dakota just asked the simple question is there any current going through the star point. And when he asked that he was looking at wires ... not a single point calculated down to a point impossible to physically measure.

Now that I have said that I can see what your point is when you say no current is flowing. But, again put an ammeter on any of the three wires going to the star point and you will measure a current.

Dakota, maybe the correct answer is both. There is NO current through the EXACT calculated center of the star point but every other molecule of wire in the star point carries the rest of the current!

How does that sound?

SteveKW.

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resultantcurrent at the star point.Yes, current actually flows between two points - however, we measure current flow at a particular point with a current transformer. CTs located in the generator neutral side leads are used for differential protection as well as backup protection of the generator - this location provides protection whether the generator is on line or not, where backup protection connected to the line side CTs will only provide protection when the unit is on line.

SteveKW, I agree that we are on the same coin, but we're going to have to agree to disagree on your PF analogy.

Trying to sum the whole thing up -

- Current flows in the phase leads on the neutral side of the generator, as well as on the line side phase leads

- For balanced loads, there is no resultant current flow in the neutral lead connected to the generator star point

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I am glad we are on the same coin now. As for my PF analogy, we can save that for another day!

SteveKW.

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If I make a light bulb out of three filaments and "star" connect them in the bulb and then bring out the three leads so they can make the "star" of my generator, will the bulb burn when the generator load is "balanced" or will it only burn when the generator is "unbalanced"?

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phaseleads connected to the star point. Current will only flow in theneutrallead connected to the star point when there is an unbalance condition involving ground or when triple-n harmonic currents are present.## RE: Current at Star Point on WYE generator

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1. Differential-mode currents cancel in a balanced voltage supply and load system, i.e. Iad+Ibd+Igd=0

2. Common-mode currents can flow through the neutral and ground even for the balanced supply and load.

(Iad+Igcm)+(Ibd+Igcm)+(Icd+Igcm)=3Igcm

where 3Igcm=common-mode currents, which may be caused by various causes, e.g. by a dc component. Hypothetically, one can connect a battery between the star neutral point and ground to generate the common-mode currents.

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fsh27(visitor)The waveform created by the switching algorithm is Additive PWM and 9 step, in cases where the gated switches simultaneously connect to the + or the - busway, a more severe neutral point shift is created with respect to voltage across teh motor windings. This is not a big deal with LVM because of the inverter wire that is so widely used (spike resistant), as well as the fact that the voltages are not so high. However, with 4160V this can be a real problem, especially with retrofits (old insulation sytems).

It has been determined that this problem can be resolved by employing the combination pf an input isolation xfmr and a complicated control scheme that involves a Neutral Point Clamp.

the switches are 3300V IGBTs.

Can anyone explain how the two work together to solve this problem? I can sort of visualize it, but its complex as hell!

Input xfmr has 12 taps, 22.5, 7.5, -7.5, and -22.5, (so it provides 24 pulses to the rectifiers)

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Differential mode currents are caused by VSD's because of the switching of the IGBT's - voltages at the motor terminals are not a sine wave and therefore the vector sum of the three phases does not equal 0. See jbartos' post above.

Is the motor connected in star or delta? And what is "complicated control scheme that involves a Neutral point Clamp."?